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William James Green, 69, died on November 27 at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. He spent many weeks in convalescence there but was never able to return to full health. Although he was not at home his family is comforted by his passing in a place so dear to his heart.
"Bill" was born to Andrew Clarence and Jean Smith Green outside Jacksonville, Fl in 1943. Once his father retired they moved to Pensacola where He attended Escambia High School and was a member of the first four year graduating class. He went on to the Army Reserves and worked on NAS while completing a four year apprenticeship in the Aircraft Industry. He also received a BS in Management from the University of West Florida in 1974.
After surviving surgery to treat melanoma he announced his decision to attend Law school, so he and his wife Peggy relocated to St. Petersberg, FL where she maintained their livelihood so he could commit fully to the program at Stetson Law. He received his Juris Doctorate in 1977.
Bill and Peggy were given the greatest gift on Thanksgiving day in 1978, the delivery of their beautiful daughter Shanda Lynn. While playing the role of husband, father and Attorney at Law, he added many other credentials to his name including Honorable William J. Green, Escambia County Judge. He was an adjunct professor at UWF and PJC, and enjoyed his ability to mentor the youth, speak for the disenfranchised, and study the practice of law.
He is survived by his wife Peggy, daughter Shanda, (Pensacola) and brothers Bob (Pensacola) and Barry Green (Warner Robin, GA). He has a beautiful Granddaughter Makenna, who will miss her PawPaw dearly. As she was truly the light of his life.
Bill will be remembered for his adorable dry wit, his immense respect and command for the law, and his devotion to family and community. His talent for empathy and compassion were as distinctive as his knack for being a grandfather. He will missed by many.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 2pm at Warrington United Methodist Church on Winthrop Ave.
In lieu of flowers Shanda and Peggy would appreciate donations to the Glycogen Storage Disease Foundation in honor of his granddaughter Makenna Carlson.
David A. Weinstein MD, MMSc, University of Florida Health Science Center, PO Box 100296, Gainesville, FL 32610-0296
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Published in Pensacola News Journal from Dec. 5 to Dec. 7, 2012