Claude Earle GREENE

GREENE, Claude Earle 92, born Aug. 30, 1920 in Anderson, South Carolina, died Feb. 23, 2013. Son of Helen and Judge G.B Greene, served in WWII as a P-51 fighter pilot, awarded Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal. He attended Clemson University. Married to Mary Delle Findley Greene 63 years. Survivors include wife, Mary Delle; sons, Earle & wife Melody, Bob & wife Mari, Ben; daughter, Sara & husband Edwin; 7 grandchildren; & 5 great-grandchildren. He served as St. Petersburg city councilman 1967-1971, as President of St. Petersburg Board of Realtors, and in many other leadership roles including President and co-founder of Gulf Oceanographic Charitable Trust that continues to provide annual research scholarships to USF graduate students. Claude was a committed Christian serving many years as a deacon in his church. Claude was a man of unfailing good humor who never met a stranger and always had a smile and a positive word of encouragement for all he met. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 at North East Park Baptist Church, 3737 1st St. N.E at 3 pm, visitation at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to N.E Park Baptist Church or Suncoast Hospice.

Published in the Tampa Bay Times from Feb. 25 to Feb. 26, 2013