William Joe Greene

June 1, 1940 - October 16, 2003

06/01/1940 - 10/16/2003

Past Services

Friday October 17, 2003
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Saturday October 18, 2003
1:00 pm
First Baptist Church of Norfolk
Kempsville Road
Norfolk, VA 23502
Monday October 20, 2003
1:00 pm
Quantico National Cemetery
Triangle, VA
703-221-2183 | Directions

William J. Greene

Virginia Beach

William Joe

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Steve & Shirley Olha
8 years ago

Claudia, I’m so glad I stopped in front of the bookstore at church the other Sunday to talk to you & Jerry. We live in Acredale & were reg. customers in the hdwe. store for many ys. It was nice dealing with a guy you could trust, had fair prices & good items in stock. We’ll miss him, but we’re glad his suffering is over & we know he’s with the Lord. We send our sympathy & love to you.

Rev. Jeffery C. Russell
8 years ago

Dear Claudia and family,

I wrote this devotion as a memorial tribute to your husband. May God bless you. My prayers are with you.

17 October 2003 Devotion for Today “Jerry Greene” Ephesians 4:15

” But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ” Eph 4:15

This morning I picked up the morning newspaper and happened to glance at the obituaries. The name of someone familiar stood out on the page. The article told me of a man I had worked for about 25 years ago. He passed away this week at the age of 63. Jerry Greene once owned a hardware store on the corner of Kempsville and Indian River Road in Virginia Beach. A Vietnam war veteran and on the fast track in an electronics career, Jerry Greene forsook all that to open his own business and was soon very satisfied. He said he would much rather own his own business working 60 hours a week than to work for someone else 40 hours a week and worry for 39 of them. The greatest impression I had of him, however, was that he loved the Lord Jesus Christ. I can still see him witnessing to people and telling them about the Lord- right there in the store. No one thought about political correctness or anything like that then. He would not have cared anyway. It certainly did not detract from his business. I was very thankful that God had put him in my life. He never knew that his honesty and business and Christlike way of treating people was a big influence in my life- probably a factor in my own surrender to the call to ministry a few years later. I moved on to another part time job in 1980. The reason- I got angry at Jerry because he chastized me for being careless with his delivery truck. Looking back on it, my youthful immaturity bristled against it. Yet God used that lesson to infuse in me the need to take greater responsibility not just for the property of others, but also for my own life. That lesson helped me to grow up. That lesson was invaluable to me, even though I did not appreciate it at the time.

Few of us will ever know the positive influence that we have on the lives of others. We have no idea how the things that we say, especially in the name of the Lord, will shape their direction and purpose in life. We shouldn’t be afraid to tell people the truth- in love. They may not like what we say at the time. They might even be offended. But the word fitly spoken will be remembered long after the flattery and nicities have tarnished and been forgotten.

Be aware of your influence today. Each life touches so many others even more than we know. Have a blessed day.

Allen & Jackie Hodges
8 years ago

We send our deepest sympathy to the Greene family. Jerry was instrumental in preventing the City of Chesapeake from having an amphi-

theatre built on the site on Greenbrier Parkway, which now is a beautiful City Park. The park serves many people and many activities are held there. Without Jerry’s and other civil league members dedication, we would have a different life stlye here in Norcova Estate/Wyngate, Chesapeake. Thank you, Jerry!

Old neighbors and friends,

Allen & Jackie Hodges

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