• Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park
    Gastonia, NC
In partnership with the Dignity Memorial® network
Robert William Greene 1936 - 2012
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October 17, 2012
I just met him for the first time afew weeks ago at Busch Gardens. I was with a friend of mine, and he was tagging along. What a great guy! So nice, and happy and enjoying life! I am sad to hear what happen. I am so bless to meet Robert and got to hang out with him. He told me some great stories. My thoughts and paryers goes out to his family! He will be miss! Again so happy I met him!
October 13, 2012
Seeing "Cowboy Bill" at ACE events was one of the things we looked forward to most. He was a staple for the rest of us and we will greatly miss him! What a blessing to have known him!
October 11, 2012
When I first meet Cowboy bill it was at a coaster event at Carowinds , He always had a smile on his face even when he was in a lot of pain. I know a lot of people will miss him including myself he was a true friend and i am glad that i had the honor of meeting such a great man. your friend forever
October 11, 2012
Bill told me he went to Busch Gardens many times to watch the Irish dance show. Here's a link to a video of the show. We'll miss you Cowboy Bill but won't forget you!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?vof some of the=m3z4HMlJPJw
October 11, 2012
I always wished to have met Bill earlier, as I truly enjoyed knowing the man from the later "coaster" years!
October 11, 2012
Cowboy Bill was someone I enjoyed talking with at various coaster events and parks. It was a pleasure to encounter him and catch up. He always shared wonderful tales of his travels through the years. I'll miss him.
October 10, 2012
"Wild Bill" was that happy, "How are you today?" super nice man at the bottom of my staircase here at the apt.!!! I will sorely miss our exchanges of niceties on a daily basis!!! I am so sorry for ALL OF OUR LOSS!!! I WILL MISS HIM VERY MUCH!!
October 10, 2012
Bill was always a pleasure to meet, sometimes in unexpected places. His smiling face was welcoming on even the roughest days. He always had thoughts of my family through the years, and my thoughts are with his family today.
October 10, 2012
"Cowboy" Bill Greene personified the "third man syndrome"; he will always be there in thoughts and memories.

Along with Jim Harris, I first met Bill in 1999 at a roller coaster event. From 1999, the three of us were frequently together at Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW), and sometimes even at Carowinds or Six Flags over Georgia. At the most recent Coaster Conference held at Kings Dominion and Busch Williamsburg a few years ago, extra ride time (ERT) included the sky coaster, which Bill Greene had ridden previously, although my son (Chris) and I had never ridden. With Bill's encouragement, he was even our "third man" riding that sky coaster.

Jim, Bill & I would talk at BGW about Bill's Navy experiences, his preaching experiences, the shows, and the many roller coasters he'd ridden during and after his Navy years.

Bill's last Virginia media event at BGW was riding Griffon with Bert the Conquorer, and he was often interviewed by Charlotte media about Carowinds roller coasters. Bill will remain our "third man," only now in his spirit watching over us rather than here to tell us more amazing stories and to ride that new coaster with us.

John Allen (Midlothian/Richmond, VA)
October 10, 2012
"Cowboy" was always a staple at our regional theme park events. I don't recall attending any event that I didn't see him smiling like a kid after getting off of a coaster. His smiling face tucked under his cowbody hat was a welcoming sight after those long days of walking around a theme park. He will be truly missed in the Southeast Region.
October 10, 2012
I meet Bill at a coaster event at Busch Gardens in 1999. We have spent many very enjoyable hours talking about God, family, the navy and riding roller coasters. His knowledge and experiences have always been an inspiration. He was a great friend. I'm going to miss him, Jim Harris Virginia Beach, VA.
October 07, 2012
I truly enjoyed getting to know Bill. I saw him every Weds at First Baptist for a meal and the service. Neat man, who was the son of another fine man. His father ran Piedmont News Stand for some years downtown. I visited with Bill not long ago in his apartment. A friendly guy who had a great life. My condolences to his family.
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