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Granville Martin Green If a man's wealth can be counted by the number and caliber of his friends, Granville "Bill" Green was one the richest men in all of Texas. Bill passed on at home November 9, 2012 after almost a century of making friends and building communities. Born in Chicago in 1916, he attended St. John's Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin. There he was known as "Little Gum," a reference to his beloved older brother, Eugene, who was "Gumshoe." As a student at Northwestern University, Bill loved the camaraderie of playing football and being a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Bill first met the great love of his life, Martha Charlene Watkins, poolside at Chicago's Edgewater Beach Club. He was a lifeguard there, and her family traveled north from El Paso for the summers. Several years later, in 1937, the two reconnected when Bill, working for the startup American Airlines, lived in Los Angeles. Charlene had been crowned El Paso's Sun Queen and was coming to Hollywood for her screen test. He read about her arrival in the newspaper and called to rekindle the friendship. Their 1941 wedding was "one of the most beautiful in El Paso history" according to one newspaper account. After 66 years of marriage, he still referred to her as "my precious Charlene." During World War II, he served his country in the civilian Air Transport Command a LaGuardia Field in New York and in Glendale, California. Many of his friends returned from the war as heroes. Others didn't return at all. Decades later, at a gathering attended by his war-vet buddies, Bill was heard to say "I'm in unabashed hero worshipper, and my heroes are my friends." An entrepreneur, motivator, and salesman, Bill's career revolved around providing services to members of the community. He worked at Watkins Motor Company, a Chevrolet/Buick dealership in El Paso which was owned by his father-in-law Sam Watkins. He later held executive positions at Mitchell Brewing Company, Hortex Manufacturing Company, and Southwest National Bank, First City National Bank, from which he retired thirty years ago as vice-president. His civic involvement included serving the El Paso Chamber of Commerce, the Rio Grande Girl Scout Council, the Jaycees, Community Chest, Salvation Army, Sheriff's Posse, the Athletic Hall Of Fame, the Downtown Kiwanis Club, and the El Paso Symphony Association. He was also a member of Los Caballeros, The El Paso Country Club, a founding member of the El Paso Job Corps, as well as a founding director and past president of Coronado Country Club. Bill's family - including daughters Martha Quirk and Gretchen Love and her husband James Love, grandchildren Christopher Love and Jennifer McLaughlin and her husband Abraham McLaughlin, aspire to carry on his inclusive community-building legacy in their own lives and careers. He is survived by his nieces Cindy Gore and Carol Green and his nephews Terry Green and Jan Morran. The Family would like to thank the many caregivers who made Bill's life easier through great care and loving support: Lourdes Polar, Paty Mora, Ivan Mora, Shane Robles and his loving neighbors at Tennis West. Everyone is so grateful for the special attention Bill received from Becky Horowitz, Sheila Gaetzke, Isidro Ulloa and Sandy Brock from VNA Hospice. A "Celebration of Life" memorial service will be held at the Coronado Country Club on Friday, December 7th 2012, at 10:00 a.m. Remembrances of Bill Green may be sent to St. Clement's Parish School, 600 Montana, El Paso, TX 79902, Third Church of Christ, Scientist, 100 Fountain Road, El Paso, TX 79912, VNA Home Healthcare of El Paso, 417 N. Mesa Suite 500, El Paso, TX 79902 or to the President's Office, Principia College, One Maybeck Place, Elsah, IL 62028

Published in El Paso Times from Nov. 16 to Nov. 23, 2012
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