To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…
Birthing Season: Deacon Ernest Edward Green, Sr. was born August 9, 1924 in Plains, GA. He was the only son of Shug and Daisy (Grimes) Green. As a young boy, he would go to work with his mother who cleaned houses and took care of President Jimmy Carter. During his early childhood, he attended school in a one room building on the grounds of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Webster County, GA.
Migrating Season: At the age of 15 (1930), his mom allowed him to go to Chicago to live with her sister, Ethel Nevels, in hopes of giving him a better life (there was NOTHING in the south for Blacks during that time). He attended Wendell Phillips High School.
Military Season: Deacon Green was drafted in the Army in 1942 at the age of 18 and served his country in the U.S. Air Forces as a Corporal in World War II. He was honored with the American Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. As a soldier, Deacon Green had an opportunity to be a part of the “Tuskegee Experiment.” Located in Tuskegee, Alabama, this facility trained African Americans for aerial combat and the techniques of maintaining combat aircraft. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
Family Season: Deacon Green’s Aunt Lula worked with a young lady at St. Luke’s Hospital. This young girl, Sarah, eventually ended up attending church with her at True Vine Baptist Church. While on furlough from the military, he married Sarah Lee Scott on October 25, 1944. The Lord blessed this union with four children.
Moving Season: When Deacon Green first arrived up North, he lived on the Southside. He later moved to the Westside. The city was rapidly changing and Deacon Green decided to move his family from Chicago to the suburbs of Maywood, IL.
Employment Season: Before being drafted, he worked for All State Plating Works. After returning from the service, Deacon Green worked for Unity Spotlight Company, Standard Kollsman and Alcoa Aluminum. He later worked for General Motors Electric in LaGrange, IL where he retired in 1986 after many years of dedicated service.
Ministry Season: Deacon Green gave his life to the Lord at an early age. Because of the instrumental role his parents had in “The Movement” (The House of God Church of the Living God Pillar and Ground of the Truth in Nashville, TN), Deacon Green took up the mantle. The Lord blessed him in the field of Christian Education. His love for Christ inspired him to attend and graduate from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago where he received three teaching certificates. He was a member of Proviso Baptist where he served faithfully as a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher. Deacon Green also sang with the Imperials, a Quartet Group, for about three years. He played the harmonica and the piano. He later moved his membership to Bellwood Baptist where he was Chairman of the Deacon Board and Sunday School Teacher. Even in his senior years, he would pull out his Bible and was always ready to share the good news about Jesus Christ. During his lifetime, Deacon Green started many Bible study groups at several nursing homes in the Chicagoland area.
Retirement Season: During his retirement years, Deacon Green relocated to Plainfield, IL. He loved family, friends and catfish! He enjoyed keeping up with current news via newspaper and television. He was an avid Chicago Teams’ fan (mostly White Sox, Bears, and Bulls).
Mourning Season: As we live from day to day, someone somewhere has stopped traveling on this journey called life. Deacon Green had to say “farewell” or “see you later” to his mother, Daisy Green; father, Shug Green; his cousins Mazie Tyson, Geneva Bell, and his wife of 70 years, Sarah Lee Green.
Heavenly Season: He made his transition from earth to Glory on May 16, 2021 surrounded by family at home. The memories of Deacon Green will live in the hearts of his son, Ernest (Annie) Green, Jr. of Huntersville, NC; his three daughters, Maxine Moore of Westland, MI; The-Resa Lipsey (Allan Starks) of Avon, IN; and Carroll Green (Curtis Taylor) of Plainfield, IL; grandchildren: Latonia (Johnathan) Green-Moody, LaRon (Felicia) Moore, Deonca Green-Leach, Nau-Quia Green-Ellis, Larry Lipsey III, Darius Green; great-grandchildren: Tia Moore, Arabella Lipsey, Chandler Leach, Kendall Leach, Logan Moody, Colin Moore; great-great-grandchild: Riley Moore, and a special cousin Ida Mae Johnson. He had a host of godchildren: James Clark, Luxine Bell, Cynthia Igboin (Emmanuel), Earl Davidson, Tynetta McGraw, Tyrone Brewer, Clarence Forshe, Billy Smith, Vickie Allen, Fred and Paula McGee, Samuel and Michelle Brown, Donna Cavazos and Alyssa Beecher; special mention: Brenda Mitchell, Nurse Judy and PT Jeanette.
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