“Her children arise and call her blessed.” Proverbs 31:28
TRINITY, N.C. — Leah Fleenor Green departed this life and entered into the joy of the Lord August 4, 2011, at her daughter’s home in Trinity, North Carolina. She was 85.
Leah was known for her deep faith, humble spirit and gentle ways. Above all she loved the Lord, her family and friends.
Mildred Leah Fleenor was born September 26, 1925, in Bluff City, Tennessee, the daughter of the late William Charles and Mattie Mildred McClelland Fleenor. Her mother died when she was only two years old. Her father cared for the family until his death when she was five. At the age of nine, she and her four siblings were given a home and raised with much love by their Aunt Blanche and Uncle Charlie Latture, both of whom are deceased.
She was also preceded in death by her two brothers, Joseph Isaac Fleenor, killed in WWII, and William Charles Fleenor Jr.
She was married to the late Joseph “Joe” Green, who died in 1991. They met through correspondences during WWII. They lived in Johnson City and enjoyed forty-four years of marriage.
Leah attended Bluff City High School, where she played on a Tennessee State Champion Women’s High School Basketball Team. Her love of sports continued throughout her life.
In 1947, she graduated from East Tennessee State College with a B.S. degree in Home Economics. After a brief career in teaching, she dedicated her life to her faith and family. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, true friend and servant to those around her.
She was an active member in her church, Munsey Memorial United Methodist, where she served as Past President and member of the United Methodist Women and Circle Leader for over a decade. In 2001, she moved to her daughter’s home in Trinity, North Carolina, where she joined First United Methodist Church of High Point.
She will be deeply missed by her surviving children and their families: Judy Green Layne and her husband, Ed, of Trinity, North Carolina, Richard L. “Dick” Green and his wife, Karen Carden Green, of Johnson City, Tennessee, and Thomas David Green and his wife, Catherine McNeela Green, of Stoney Creek, North Carolina. Surviving grandsons are Joseph “Jody” Carden Green and his wife, Julie, of Nashville, Tennessee, David Matthew Green and wife, Ashley, of Brentwood, Tennessee, and Robert Edward Layne, of Trinity, North Carolina. Leah’s four great granddaughters are Lucy, Katie, Heidi and Claire Green. She was also survived by her two sisters, Martha Fleenor Green and Mary Don Fleenor Carrier, of Bluff City, Tennessee. Many nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.
The family extends their sincere thanks to Mrs. Green’s caregiver and trusted friend, Beverly Rhodes. Beverly brought great joy, comfort and love as well as the much needed help to Mama Leah and her family.
A Service of Resurrection Faith will be held Sunday, August 7th, at 3:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church, Johnson City, Tennessee.
Following the service, family and friends will proceed to Monte Vista Memorial Park, Garden of the Last Supper, for the committal service. Her sons, son-in-law and grandsons are honored and blessed to be her pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at the church from 1:30 p.m. until time of the service.
For those who wish, memorial contributions may be sent to Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church, Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, PO Box 1336, Johnson City, TN 37605; and First United Methodist Church, Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, 512 North Main Street, High Point, NC 27260.
“Well done, good and faithful servant!” Matthew 25:23
Memories and condolences may be sent to the Green family via www.morrisbaker.com.
Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, is serving the Green family. (423) 282-1521