Earl B. Green

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Earl B. Green

Earl B. Green, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend passed from this life April 29, 2014, surrounded by loved ones.

He was born Aug. 15, 1931, in Walker County, Ala. to Troy Greene and Fannie Nix Greene.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his in-laws, Arnold Lee Parrish and Mildred Wanner Parrish.

There are no words to describe the true love and utter devotion between him and Arnelle. She caught his eye when she was 14 and he was 22. Their love never wavered.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 53 years, Arnelle Parrish Green; children, Angela (Frank) Herring, Randy (Cindy) Green, Anita (Kerry) Mashburn, Tamela Green, and Kristi (Shawn) Watson; 11 grandchildren, Jeremy, Lindsey, Haley, Hannah, Dylan, Devan, Emma, Frankie, Robert, Lindsay, and Jordan; and eight great-grandchildren; sister, Helen (Gene) Bamberg; brothers, Ellard (Elsie) Greene, Milford (Mildred) Greene, John W (Mickey) Greene; very special sisters-in-law, Winona Spires and Judy Tipton; and numerous nieces and nephews, with special recognition to nephews Mike Perry and Don Greene.

Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at Greenview Funeral Home. The funeral will be today at 2 p.m. in the chapel, with burial to follow in Greenview Memorial Park. Military honors will be provided by the U.S. Navy. Pallbearers will be Kerry Mashburn, Shawn Watson, Denny Weaver, John Summerhill, Randy Bassham, and Jordan Hooks.

He was a man whose word was his bond and his handshake meant something. Honest. Dreamer. Artist.

Saved by his precious Lord, he was a faithful member of Plainview Church of Christ.

A Navy veteran, he proudly served his nation with honor and distinction aboard the USS Hollister DD788 (Destroyer) during the Korean War from 1949-51.

During the 1950s and 1960s, he was a truck driver. On a long-haul trip he and his friend, Carl Montgomery, wrote and composed the song "Six Days on the Road" on a napkin. It was recorded by Dave Dudley in the early 1960s and made it to the No. 2 spot on the charts. It has been recorded more than 300 times by various artists and received multiple awards including an achievement award for "more than 3 million air plays." He and his brother also penned "Give Me 40 Acres" as well as many more. His work is displayed in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Over a span of 30 plus years he was a performer, and in the 1950s he shared the stage with the likes of Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Dave Dudley, Ralph Emmery, Brother Dave, Conway Twitty, Webb Pierce, Ernie Ashworth, Ernest Tubb, String Bean, Tom T. Hall, Bufford Pusser, and Stepping Wolfe, even appearing on The Grand Ole Opry in 1959.

One of his final requests was for everyone to know "it's been a wonderful life. Thanks for the memories, this ain't no big step for a big stepper."

An online guest book may be viewed and signed at greenviewmemorial.com.

Arrangements by Greenview Funeral Home.
Published in Florence Times Daily from May 1 to May 2, 2014
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