On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, Union County lost one of its most beloved citizens. Meredith Roberson Greene, the widow of William Eugene (Bill) Greene, Sr. had spent the last five years at the Presbyterian Home in Clinton, where she served her Lord and fellow man faithfully. Mrs. Greene, the daughter of Andrew William and Elizabeth Huntley Roberson was born on January 31, 1929, the sixth of ten children. in a house on the edge of Lake Lure in Chimney Rock, NC. She was educated in the schools of both Chimney Rock and Rutherfordton, North Carolina, graduating in the first twelfth-grade class of Rutherfordton-Spindale Central High School. Dreams of a career in Nursing and offers of a career in modeling quickly took second place when she accepted the proposal of marriage from Billy Greene, and they were married on November 29, 1947.
Always a hard worker, first on her parents’ farm where they sold milk to Sealtest and raised cotton, then as a soda fountain jerk at the Rexall Drug Store, Meredith was known for her outgoing personality, dependability, and unquestionable integrity. For the first ten years of her married life, she worked in textiles for Roger A. Milliken. With motherhood came a break from the “world of working outside the home.” As she, Bill, and their growing family moved from state-to-state because of Bill’s continued success in the Milliken Company, Meredith became the “Mom of the Neighborhood” with an open-door policy and the best homemade cookies, especially chocolate chip, in the area. Always economical, she made or knitted many of her children’s clothes. Motherhood also gave her the opportunity to serve in a variety of community volunteer positions, including Cub Scout den mother and Girl Scout leader. She was a faithful Red Cross volunteer for many years and a life-time blood donor. Meredith was a Junior Charity League of Union Sustainer [She and her daughter Deborah were the first mother-daughter members to both serve as League Presidents]. During her League years, she was the lady who rented and delivered televisions to the patients in Wallace Thomson Hospital. For over forty years, she was a D.O.E, accompanying Bill across the state and country as he fulfilled his official obligations. Later in life, she served as a faithful Meals on Wheels volunteer. At the Presbyterian Home, she served in several volunteer positions, including the Spiritual Life Committee, Exercise Leader, Welcomer, and reader to elementary students. She also often visited those who were no longer mobile in the H-G wings, befriending them with ice cream cones, cards, and other uplifting items. In 1972, she became the Secretary and later Office Manager at First Baptist Church of Union, where at her death, she had been a faithful member for sixty plus years. For twenty-seven years, she was the “Go-to” person [Whenever anyone needed anything at the church, she was the one members and non-members alike turned-to; whenever anyone had a question, it was “Ask Meredith.”]. She was in her element. Kind, considerate, and loving, she also became the encourager and confidant to many. She was able to serve her Lord in a variety of ways. Over the years, in addition to her secretarial duties, Meredith served as Sunday School teacher, choir member, and Girls’ Auxiliary Leader. In addition, she served on numerous church committees: Nominating, Benevolence, Connie Maxwell, Love and Service [Chair]. Her ‘dash’ was not only memorable, but full. There is little doubt that on Tuesday morning, September 11, 2018 at approximately 11:40, Meredith’s Lord and Savior greeted her with “Welcome home, Meredith, good and faithful servant.”
Meredith is survived by her three children: daughter Deborah Greene, Union; son William Eugene (Bill) Greene, Jr. and his wife Mary Virginia, Chapin; son David and his wife Suzette, Cross Hill; five grandchildren: Patrick Corey Greene and his wife Amanda, Greenwood; Heather Greene Shook and her husband Chris, Inman; Tyler Casey Greene, Fayetteville, W.Va.; Sean Michael Greene and his wife Lauren, Cross Hill; and William Eugene Greene, III (Trey), Charleston; eleven great-grandchildren: Hailey Landreth, Summer Leigh Younce-Greene, Cameron Anthony Greene, Allison Greene, Kailey Landreth, Christopher Noah Shook, Lillie Elizabeth Greene, Jonah Zachary Shook, Peyton Chesleigh Greene, Tinsley Paige Greene, and Micah David Shook; sister Lavonne Roberson Robbins and her husband Horace, Lawrenceville, GA; brothers Norman E. Roberson and his wife Jeanette, Mableton, GA; and Leon Roberson and his wife Virginia, Forest City, NC.
Besides her husband of fifty-seven years, she was predeceased by a son, Norris Franklin Greene; four sisters: Ruth Donovan, Lenora Maxey, Callie Barnwell, and Catherine Snipes; two brothers: Forrest and Neal Roberson.
The family wishes to thank the staff of the Presbyterian Home in Clinton for their wonderful care and attention provided to their cherished one over the last five years. Although not “home,” the Presbyterian Home was as much like home for Meredith and her family as any facility can be. We made many friends who are like family.
A Celebration of Life service will be held 11:00 AM, Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Union conducted by Rev. Robbie Stollger and Rev. Robert Emory. Burial will be at Union Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be prior to the service from 9:30 until 11:00 AM.
Grandsons and Miles Jones of Ladsen, SC will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Staff of Presbyterian Home; Elsie Alverson, Gloria Carwile, Don Cody, Jane Crocker, Lt. Col. Paul and Liz Davis, Rev. Shawn and Kari Head, Doris Hodge, Rev. Jim and Linda Hudson, Doug and Ann Lawing, Sue Morgan, Dr. Allen and Oma Jean Raines, Evelyn Richbourg, Thad and Sandra Strom, Melba Tate, Eric Walker, Evans and Jenny Crocker and the Joy Sunday School class members.
The family requests that donations be given to First Baptist Church,405 E. Main St. Union, SC 29379 or to the Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1178, Greenwood, SC 29648.; the Presbyterian Home of Clinton, 801 Musgrove St., Clinton, SC 29325 or the Union County Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 951, Union, SC 29379.
The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home, Inc., www.holcombefuneralhomes.com