Arnold Blake Green, 77, passed away peacefully with his two sons at his side on Sunday, April 17, 2016, in Wilmington. Blake was born in Halifax County on August 12, 1938, to the late Sterling Lassister Green and Nettie Lee Harris Green.
Blake served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1963 and retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 30 years. After retirement, he and Marie could be seen every Saturday at the Farmer’s Market in Roanoke Rapids selling fresh veggies and homemade goodies.
He enjoyed playing golf and watching North Carolina State Wolfpack games and old westerns. He loved to listen to Elvis Presley and has requested some of Elvis’ gospel music be played at his memorial service.
His family is so proud of him for the bravery and courage he showed in his battle against cancer. The family would like to thank his many doctors and nurses who were so dedicated to his care and were so compassionate to him. After certain treatments, some of them would say ‘Mr. Green, you really hung in there today,’ and that made him feel very special. We also want to thank his and Marie’s neighbors, especially Anna Wood, for all they did for them. We also thank his newly adopted niece, Carolyn Byrum. He was a good man, much loved by his family and friends, and he will be missed by all of us. May he rest in peace.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 50 years, Marie Jarratt Green; sister, Barbara Green Keeter; and nephew, Michael Guy Keeter Sr.
He is survived by his sons, Steven Lassiter Green, and his spouse, Charles Hockaday, of Roanoke Rapids and Jeffrey Blake Green, and his wife, Carol Anne; grandchildren, Aaron Blake Green, Benjamin Sterling Green and Natalie Michele Green, all of Wilmington; sister, Bonnie Green Morrisette of Greensboro; and niece, Margaret Keeter Warren of Roanoke Rapids; and nephew, Glenn Alan Keeter of Roanoke Rapids.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at Hockaday Funeral Home, Highway 158, Roanoke Rapids. The Rev. Roger Harding, husband of Marie’s niece, Angela Jarratt Harding, of West Virginia will be officiating the service. The family will receive friends immediately after the service. Burial services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 29, in Greenlawn Memorial Park, 1311 Shipyard Blvd., Wilmington.
Flowers are welcomed, or contributions may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851.
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