Fallen Warriors

Coach William E. Greene, Sr.

WILLIAMSBURG - Bill Greene died on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, at Ruxton Health Center in Williamsburg, Va.
He was born on May 21, 1928, in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., to Eura and Hillard Greene. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree from the University of Alabama and his Masters Degree from the College of William and Mary.
Bill established the first football program and was the first football coach at the new Kecoughtan High School in 1963. He furthered his educational tenure by becoming the principal of Smithfield High School in 1971. Mr. Greene finished his career as an administrator at Dabney-Lancaster College in Clifton-Forge, Va.
His military career began in the Air Force and then later switched to the Army via appointment of the Governor of Alabama. There he reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and retired in the reserves with 26 years of service.
Bill Greene as an accomplished administrator, coach, teacher, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and his beloved daughter, Sue Carol Greene.
He is survived by his children and their spouses, Cheryl and Frank Peahota of Winterhaven, Fla., Cindy and Scott Love of Houston, Texas, William Jr. and Donna Greene of Clearfield, Ky., Wesley and Brigette Greene of Kaiserslautern, Germany, Philip and Julie Greene, and Scott and Linda Greene of Newport News, Va. Bill's two brothers and two sisters remain with us as well.
His legacy will remain strong as he is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and his beloved, Corky Babcock.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at Peninsula Memorial Park, 12750 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, Va.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a favorite charity in Bill's name.
Nelsen Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. On-line condolences may be registered at www.nelsencares.com.

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03/22/09 08:37 PM #1    

Deborah Rimmer (Nelson) (1969)

I am so sorry to hear of Coach Green's passing. I have fond memories of him all these many years after high school. He has always been a very fine man. Coach Green was my driving instructor back in 1969. I am surprised we didn't all drive him crazy - not only was he a fine man, he was a brave man as well! Here, 40 years later, I still remember as if it were yesterday him telling me I drove better backwards than forwards. That inspired me to learn to be a better driver. And I have never forgotten him. Rest in peace, Coach.

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