The late Alex Green was an unassuming, gentle gentleman and something of a clothes horse once spied mowing his grass in a button-down shirt and tie.
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Born into a family with deep roots in upper Fauquier County, he continued the tradition, living most of his 96 years in Markham where he died May 12 at his home, Green Acres.
A creature of habit until his recent illness, he generally took his dinners with his brother Henry Green at the Salem Restaurant in Marshall and breakfast and lunch at the Apple House in Linden.
After World War II, in which he gained the rank of Major, he returned to Markham to run his cattle farm, Medley, and the Markham Cash Store with his partner, Paul Pierce. When he sold Medley in the 50's, he built his home on property that had been a corner of Hartland, his birthplace where Henry still lives.
His house was filled with the antiques he and his late wife, Mary Blake Green, collected during their 52 years of marriage and he had continued the quest.
Alex is an alumnus of Randolph Macon Academy and a graduate of VPI (now Virginia Tech). He was a member of the boards of The Fauquier Bank and the Loudoun Mutual Insurance Co. for more than 50 years and a charter member of Leeds Ruritan Club where he served as a past president and received a certificate for more than 57 years of perfect attendance. For 65 years he was in charge of Old Leeds Cemetery where he is buried, and he was a lifelong member of the Markham United Methodist Church.
In 1955, Alex was appointed postmaster of Markham, a post previously held by his father, Alexander Gibson Green, and his great-grandfather who received his appointment in 1865. U.S Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall was his great-great grandfather.
In addition to his brother, survivors include his children, Mary Blake Green, Courtenay Marshall Green Mullen, Alexander Green III, and their spouses Walter Mullen and Rebekah DeBergh Green. He also had two grandchildren, Rebekah Green (Robert) Wright and Jaquelin Blake Green (Matthew) Watson, and a great-granddaughter, Kennedy Blake Watson. There are dozens of other relatives.
Funeral services were held on May 18 at the Markham United Methodist Church.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Old Leeds Cemetery, c/o W. C. Stribling, 4540 Carrington Road, Markham, VA 22643 or to Leeds Ruritan Club, P. O. Box 2, Hume, VA 22639.
Online condolences may be made at www.moserfuneralhome.com
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Published in Northern Virginia Daily from May 15 to May 22, 2013