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Alma Louise Greene, 87, assisted in establishing many medical labs within the community

Alma Louise Greene
Alma Louise Greene

WILMINGTON — Alma Louise Greene, 87, was born Nov. 12, 1930, at her family’s home in Parkersburg, Sampson County, N.C. Her parents, William Perdie Green and Eula Barnes Green, and their daughter, Mary Elizabeth Green Norris, welcomed the new addition to their family.

When Alma was 6 months old, her family moved to McDaniel’s Crossroad in Sampson County where her parents farmed and operated a store. Alma enjoyed interacting with people on the farm and store.

As a young girl, Alma developed a strong work ethic that she retained throughout her life. Alma and her family were proud of her earning the honor of salutatorian for the Class of 1949 at Roseboro High School. Upon receiving her bachelor’s degree from UNC-Women’s College, in 1953, with a double major in biology and chemistry, Alma began her professional career at Clinton Hospital.

Alma married Norton Robert Davis Feb. 14, 1954, and the newlyweds made Wilmington their home. Alma shared her professional expertise within the medical community. She began her career by assisting Dr. Sidbury Jr. with research at Babies Hospital.

At James Walker Hospital, Alma worked in the microbiology lab, the blood bank and the chemistry departments. She also worked at Cape Fear Hospital in the medical lab. In 1962, she established the medical lab for Dr. E. Thomas Marshburn. The medical practice grew and became Hanover Medical Specialist, and Alma was part of the growth and adapted to the advancements of the practice.

She enjoyed working directly with the doctors and patients. Before retiring, Alma once again was responsible for establishing another medical lab for BioMed. In 1983, Alma retired from her professional career.

After retiring, Alma was able to dedicate more time to her passion, her faith in God and service to her church. Alma had a strong faith and was an active member of Winter Park Baptist Church since 1954. She used her talents and gifts from God in many capacities, as a Sunday school teacher, choir member and deacon. She was active in Bible study groups, and the Intercessory Prayer Group. She was instrumental in beginning the Homebound Communion Outreach. She felt privileged to share the Lord’s supper with church members who could not attend church. Alma enjoyed worship and fellowship with her church family.

In addition to her career, Alma enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, extended family and friends. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing, boating, swimming, traveling and reading. Alma used her medical knowledge and skills to care for many extended family members and friends.

Norton Robert Davis, her husband of 54 years, preceded her in death Nov. 28, 2008. Her parents and sister also preceded Alma in death. Alma is survived by her three children, NortonThad Davis of Wilmington, Secanda Davis Seifred of Wilmington and Rhonda Davis Hatch, and her husband, Mark A. Hatch, of Charlotte; and her three grandchildren, Robert Parker Hatch, Andrew Stephan Hatch and James Davis Hatch.

On Feb. 1, 2018, Alma was greeted in heaven by her Savior after leading a life of service to her Lord and everyone she encountered. Alma touched the lives of many people, and her earthly presence will be missed by her family and friends.

Alma’s family will receive friends one hour before the Life Celebration at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Winter Park Baptist Church, 4700 Wrightsville Ave., Wilmington. Burial will be held in Oleander Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, Alma requested that donations be made to your favorite charity in her name.

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