So, I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses all knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Eph 3:13-19.
Jerry Raymond Green departed this life on May 14, 2021. He was surrounded by his family at home and faded peacefully into the arms of his Lord. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 21, 2021 at the First Assembly of God Church in Holdenville with Pastor Ruby Nail York officiating.
Jerry was born February 9, 1946 in Okemah, Oklahoma to Cecil Green and Betty Mae (Cook) Green. He was the eldest son of seven children: Janice, Jerry, Judy, Jimmie, Jeanne, Joy, and Jon. Jerry loved his siblings dearly and they never laughed as much as when they were together. They were always telling stories of their childhood, laughing at themselves and each other.
In May of 1964, Jerry graduated from Okemah High School. On May 27, 1966, during the height of the Vietnam war, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served as an Air Force firefighter in Charleston, South Carolina. He continued that path until March of 1970 when he returned home to be with his family and to help with his ailing father. Later that year, in the Fall of 1970, he met the love of his life Virginia Fairres at a Wetumka High School football game. They were married the following year and were married 49 years 11 months and 14 days. During the 1970’s they would have three sons: Curtis, Kevin and Kenny. In the early 70’s Jerry worked at Burton’s IGA where he met lifelong friends as well as his riding buddy Glen Pasley. He also joined the Pentecostal Holiness Church of Holdenville. There he would serve his church faithfully for over 30 years. It’s also where he met longtime friend and former Brother Rich McAnally as well as friends Don and Ruby Kimrey and later Donna Kimrey, his traveling companions.
On October 1, 1981 Jerry joined the Holdenville Fire Department where he spent the next 20 years building friendships that would last the remainder of his life. Also, during this time, he started his appliance repair business of 30 years. Jerry Green truly had a servant’s heart. He served his God, his family, his country and his community. Jerry is preceded in death by parents, Cecil and Betty Green and his brother Jimmie Green, his sisters Janice Nail and Judy Ipock.
He is survived his by wife, Virginia Green of Holdenville; son, Curtis Green and his wife Heather of Oklahoma City, their children Olivia, Elliott, Poppy and Josie; son Kevin Green and wife Courtney of Holdenville, their children Trenton, Jonathan, Rylee; son Kenny Green and wife Tiffany of Tecumseh, their children Kendal, Scotlyn, Londyn, Krew; brother, Jon Green and his wife Julie of Seminole, sister, Jeannie Green of Okemah and sister, Joy Williams of Guthrie as well as by a host of family and friends.
Pallbearers are Kendal Green, Jon Green, Drew Green, Trenton Green, Curtis Green and Michael Green. Honorary pallbearers are Glen Pasley, Don Kimrey, Brother Rich McAnally, Dub Tatum, Dwight Barnett, Jonathan Green, Elliott Green and Gene Shed.
Viewing will be 2:00pm-7:00pm Wednesday, May 19th and 9:00am- 7:00pm Thursday, May 20th at Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home, Holdenville, Oklahoma.
Interment will follow at Holdenville Cemetery.
Services are under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home, Holdenville, Oklahoma.