J. L. Green November 17, 1926 - December 20, 2015 © Criswell Funeral Home Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
Services for J. L. Green, 89, of Ada, are 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel, Brother Wayne Edgar and Brother Don Parr will officiate. Burial will follow at East Hill Cemetery, Roff. Friends and family will be received throughout the week at the home of Melissa Wilkerson in Ada. Family visitation will be Friday, December 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Criswell Funeral Home.
Pall bearers will be: Larry Heard, Pete Kramer, Jerry Lamb, Daryl Sawyer, Ronnie Randolph, Eddie Easterling and Steve Gregory. Honorary bearers will be: Jim Silva, Ricky Haney, Loyd Green, Eddie Smith, Bill Lionberger, Riley Young, J. C. Ashley and the Roff Masonic Lodge Masons.
J. L. Green left his Earthly life to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, December 20, 2015. He died at home with his family and pastor surrounding him. He was born November 17, 1926, to Jewel Gann and Jess Green. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Jo Thomas Green of Ada. His son, Jess Green, preceded him in death in 2012, as well as his sister, Dorothy Babbish and husband John, and his son-in-law, Richard Wilkerson. His daughter Melissa Green-Wilkerson resides in Ada.
J.L. is also survived by his grandchildren, Keisha Sweeney-Factor and husband Terry of Ada, Destiny Green of Tulsa, Judd Green of Ada, and step-grandson Rick Wilkerson and wife Michele of Granbury, Texas. He is also survived by his sister Delora Young and husband Bill of Fresno, California, his brother Nathan Green of Riverbank, California, his sister Anita Graham of Modesto, California, his brother Donnie Green and wife Pat of Turlock, California, his sister Rita Casteel of Watsonville, California, his brother Darrell Green and wife Kim of Groveland, California, special daughter Susan Barlow of McAlester, special daughter Sydney Abbott of Ada, many cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
J. L. was a former board member of the Pontotoc County Farm Bureau where he served 24 years. He was a 32nd Degree Mason from the McAlister Consistory. He was a perpetual member of the Roff Masonic Lodge where he served as a Past Worshipful Master, as well as Roff Eastern Star where he served as a Past Worthy Patron.
He was a retired rancher and was very proud of his ranch at Sunshine. He was a member of the Greater Ada Kiwanis Club. J. L. was a devoted deacon at the Sunshine Missionary Baptist Church, ordained in 1972. He was an avid domino player for many years at the Ada Chickasaw Senior Citizens Site and could always be counted on to support their pie auctions. He loved his wife and her cooking very much.
He was a devoted man of God and was a great mentor to everyone he met. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He taught his family about God, respect, love, loyalty, forgiveness and hard work. He will be greatly missed!
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Criswell Funeral Home, Ada
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