GREEN, JR., WILSON, with his Southern drawl, it is hard to believe Wilson Green, Jr., was born in Manhattan on June 11, 1917. His adventure in New York lasted only two years before his father was transferred to Atlanta and then to Nashville, where Wilson spent most of his childhood. In 1934 he graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy-second in his class, but he would jokingly say that there were only three graduates. He went on to Vanderbilt University to graduate in 1938 with a degree in chemical engineering. It was in Nashville that he was introduced to a visitor from Orlando, Lucy Ferran, daughter of Dr. C H. Ferran, founding pastor of Orlando's Park Lake Presbyterian Church. Later on, Wilson tired of driving 250 miles down dirt roads to visit Lucy at Mississippi State where she was working, so they were married by her father in the church on Christmas Day, 1940 and would celebrate 67 years together until Lucy's death in 2008. Wilson's young business career was interrupted by World War II. He served as a Naval Officer at a meteorological station at Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands. When the war was over, he and |
Lucy moved to Orlando where he soon joined Joe Guernsey and
Billy Slemons in forming a business partnership. After his partners pursued other endeavors, Wilson started his own insurance and real estate business that later evolved to Atkins Green Stauffer Clark & Co. Wilson's success in the real estate business was due in part to his relaxed and humble attitude. He served on several civic and professionals boards, but in his usual humble manner would say, "I don't remember what they were." Even though he was the 1964 President of the Orlando-Winter Park Board of Realtors, Chair of the Orlando Planning Board on the Orlando Zoning Board, Wilson felt that his more important contributions were at Park Lake Presbyterian Church where he served as a teacher, deacon and elder. Wilson was blessed with a very long and active life fulfilled with golf, scuba diving, motorcycle riding, flying single and twin engine airplanes, photography, traveling, riding his jet ski at 94, and most recently driving solo to North Carolina. Wilson died "living" and knew exactly where he would spend eternity. He loved the Lord and filled his home with love, security and harmony. He is survived by his daughter Julia and husband Dr. Samuel Mason, daughter Kathryn and husband Thomas Warlick; and son Wilson III and wife Marilyn; eight grandchildren Kathryn Mason Hale, Lucy Mason Sell, Julia Lee Mason Wickes, Avery Warlick
Williams, Hudgins Warlick, Spencer Warlick, Rebecca Green Woodard and Wilson IV; and sixteen great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held December 14, 2012 at 10AM at Park Lake Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Haiti Mission Possible, PO Box 1026, Findlay, OH 45939-1026.
Published in the Orlando Sentinel on Dec. 12, 2012