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“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” Psalm 23:6
James William (Bill) Greene, 77, was welcomed to his heavenly home on September 12, 2020, after succumbing to complications from the COVID-19 virus. His devotion to his family and a strong faith in God was a significant support in his struggle, and ultimately gave him peace. He lived his life by the 23rd Psalm and though he walked through the valley of death, he feared not, for his God was with him.
Bill was born in Lebanon, Indiana, on February 26, 1943, son of the late James G. Greene and Maxine Greene (Hine). He was married to his life-long sweetheart, Jane Ann Greene (Hugill), for 58 years, who survives him in death. He was preceded in death by daughter, Cindy Marlene and is survived by daughter, Teresa Ann Lewis-Teskey (Rick), Gilbert, Arizona, and siblings Randy J. Greene (Heather), Indianapolis, Indiana, and Brenda M. Myers (Lyle), Scottsdale, Arizona. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren and was proud to witness the birth of 8 great-grandchildren. He also had many admiring nieces and nephews.
Bill was a 1961 graduate of Lebanon High School, Lebanon, Indiana, and attended Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana, where he was a member of the Butler Bulldogs Marching Band.
Bill worked as an executive at AFNB/Bank One in Indianapolis, Indiana, and in the financial industry for over 30 years. Bill and Jane were also foster parents to over 30 children in need of refuge over the years. Bill always loved the Arizona climate and dreamt about living there one day. That dream was fulfilled when he moved to the Valley of the Sun in 1996 to be closer to his daughters and grandchildren. Once there, they both became house parents at Sunshine Acres Children’s Home in Mesa, Arizona.
Bill had a knack for storytelling, often improvising on details to make things more interesting. He loved God and his family and always had a big smile on his face for everyone who met him. He loved music and sang and traveled with the Sanctuary Gospel Quartet for over 20 years. He was a member of the Nazarene Church for most of his adult life and most recently attended East Valley Free Will Baptist in Mesa, Arizona. He was also a member of Gideons International.
He was warmly loved by all his family and friends and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held Sunday, September 20, 2020, at 3:00 pm, at Tempe Nazarene Church, 3929 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, Arizona 85282.
The service may be streamed at https://YouTube.com/tempenazarene
*Masks are required.
Flowers will be accepted at: Mountain View Funeral Home, 7900 E Main St, Mesa, Arizona 85207
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the J. William Greene Memorial Fund at Gilbert Christian School Corporation at the following link: www.gcsaz.org/billgreenememorial