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John Green, Jr., 86 was born in Amelia, VA on April 24, 1936. He was the first child born to the late John Green, Sr and Louise Jackson Woodley. He departed this life on November 30, 2022 at his home with his family.
John attended at that time Russell Grove schools. He would always say, “if you can read, write and do arithmetic, you can make it in life.” Even though he had to stop school so he could work back in those days, he still made it in life. In his late twenties, John purchased his own land and built his home. He started farming, he grew fields of tobacco and would employ several family members and friends to help, while he was working a regular job. He has driven dump trucks and eighteen wheelers for several companies. The last company he drove trucks for was Tyson Foods. His last job before retirement was driving several groups of kids back and forth from Amelia to Chesterfield and Richmond.
As a young man, John gave his life to God and joined Mt. Calvary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Pastor James Scott and later became a deacon. For over fifty-one years John made sure the church was clean before every service. He was a faithful member to his church. He supported and loved his church and never spoke the negative but always the positive. He wasn’t a member of Spirit of Life Church of God in Christ, but he was treated as if he was a part of the church family. John loved dearly the late former pastor Novey Wiley, Sr. and his wife, Missionary Geraldine Wiley. He would always say, they are great people and the right people to learn from. He also cherished and loved the current pastor of New Flame Church of God in Christ, Pastor Robert Gay and first lady Javitta Gay. Every time he saw them or would speak of them, they would always put a smile on his face.
In 1978 John met Easter Mae through his sister who came back home from New York to visit. After meeting Easter he said that’s my wife, and in 1979 they were married. He never thought he would get married nor have children. God blessed him to have three children and he would always say, he never thought he would live to see his kids become adults, but God allowed it to be so. He loved him some “Ma” (Easter Mae). They were always together and stuck by each others side.
He loved going to church, reading his bible and Sunday school book, watching the gospel channel, the news and The View on T.V., he also loved being in his room sitting in his recliner. He loved talking about important things, never wanted to hear foolish talk as he would say. John was a hard worker and instilled that into his children and grandchildren. John was a strong man and the patriarch of his family who will be truly missed from his castle and in our hearts.
John’s brother Harry Jackson and sisters Della Jackson and Florence Jackson preceded him in death. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Easter M. Green; three children, Willie Laster, Carol Green and John Green, III; eight grandchildren, Ricky Epps, Shakita Epps, Jerrod Epps, JaQuan Epps, Kiandra Laster, Skyland Terry, Jamari Green and Joshua Green; twelve great grandchildren, Alanah Quick, Trevon Epps, Samir Epps, Raekwon Epps, Danya Epps, Jalaya Epps, Ijada Epps, Jerrod Epps, Jr., Jace Allen, Zaniya Epps, Kenyon Epps and Kyren Epps; five sisters, Gracie Holloway, Mary White, Catherine Booker, Linda Henderson (Rex) and Betty Williams; two devoted friends, Deacon Benjamin Stith and James Holloway; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Public Viewing: Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at Michael W. Hawkes Funeral Home, Amelia, VA from 3pm-7pm
Funeral: Thursday, December 8, 2022 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Crewe, VA at 11:00 a.m.
Interment: Green Family Cemetery, Amelia, VA
Professional services entrusted to Michael W. Hawkes Funeral Home, Amelia, VA.
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