J.L. Green, Jr, 94, left his home on Farley Branch, NC, to be received in his perfect home in Heaven. He passed away peacefully at his residence on Farley Branch with his family by his side. When asked if he trusted Jesus, his reply was, “With every speck.” He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.
Born in the Gunter Log Cabin at Fontana, NC in 1923, he was the son of the late Joel L. and Gracie Green. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Ruby C. Green; his brothers, Gerald and Burlin Green; and his sisters, Thelma Green and Mae Sluder.
He is survived by his children, Joyce Jacobson of Bainbridge Island, WA; Joseph Green of Bonaire, GA; Martha Green of Conover, NC; and Tim Green of Tapoco, NC; and his brother, Ray Green of Tapoco, NC. His grandchildren are Tonya Drake, Jon Jacobson, Jr, Erica Jacobson, and Randi Pfeiffer, and his great grandchildren are Ella Drake, J.D. Drake, Jolie Jacobson, Holden Pfeiffer, Sebastian Pfeiffer, and Dalton Pfeiffer.
Jr. grew up in the Fontana Community and attended school at Proctor, NC, that is now located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps in the Fontana Area. A Veteran of U.S. Army, he proudly served his country from January 1943 to February 1946 as a member of the 425th Military Escort Guard Company. He guarded German prisoners of war in WWII. He attended and graduated from Nashville Auto Diesel College in Nashville, TN.
Jr. retired from ALCOA after 33 years of service as Chief Security Guard of Tapoco, Inc. He loved being on his tractor and working in his garden and fields around his home. He loved his community and enjoyed helping anyone with his mechanical, carpentry and tractor plowing skills. One of his favorite things was sitting on his front porch taking in the sights and sounds of the Great Smoky Mountains.
He was a “jack of all trades.” He enjoyed working on and repairing cars and trucks. It was often said that Jr. could fix anything but a broken heart. Jr. loved his family and his home on Farley Branch. He lived a good, long life and as his wife Ruby used to say, “He has been well taken care of!” Daddy was our #1 buddy – Joyce, Joseph, Martha Ann and Tim.
The family will receive friends from 12:00 until 2:00 pm Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Townson-Smith Chapel. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 pm in the Chapel. The Reverends Burlin Aldridge, Noah Williams, and Bo Thomas will officiate. Burial will follow at Farley Cemetery where Military Rites will be conducted by the NC National Guard Honor Guard and the Eller/Rogers American Legion Post 192 and the Carringer Webster VFW Post 8635.
Townson-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Green family. An online register is available at www.townson-smithfuneralhome.com.