Howard Thomas Green Jr., 75, of Monroe, died peacefully, surrounded by his family on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at Meadows Funeral Home in Monroe. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at St. Anna’s Catholic Church. A graveside service with full military honors will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Monroe, with a reception following at the church hall.
Born April 3, 1941, in the Youth community to Howard Thomas Green Sr. and Stella Hudson Green, he was raised on a farm and taught the value of hard work and thrift. His dear mother affectionately called him Sonny, as did his family and classmates. He graduated from Loganville High School in 1959 and immediately enlisted in the United States Air Force. He completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas and received his Aircraft Maintenance Technician Certification at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. He was stationed at the 1858th Facility Checkflight at Bovingdon, England, and the Air Force Communications Services at RAF Mildenhall, England. While stationed there, he met and married his cherished bride, Patricia Sharkey. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force, returned home and enlisted full-time in the Georgia Army National Guard. He served in the headquarters of the 4th Battalion, 121st Infantry, in Monroe, and then was assigned to the 3rd Brigade, 48th Armored Division, in Winder. He served in the 1140th Transportation Company in Lawrenceville, then the headquarters of 151st Aviation and Security Support Battalion in Winder. He was assigned to headquarters, State Area Command, in Atlanta, and the 78th Troop Command in Decatur. He finished his career as foreman of Organizational Maintenance Shop 8 in Winder. He retired after 42 years of service at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4 in 1994.
His work impacted the careers of hundreds of young soldiers and he was known and respected throughout the Georgia National Guard. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal; the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters; the Army Good Conduct Medal; the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters; the National Defense Service Medal; the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with gold hourglass device; the Army Service Ribbon; the Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, for his role in training NATO forces in Norway; the Georgia National Guard Commendation Medal; the Georgia Selected Reserve Force Ribbon; the Georgia Olympic Ribbon, for his role in deploying 10,000 National Guardsmen to support the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games; the Georgia Humanitarian Service Ribbon; the Georgia Service Medal; and the Georgia Active Duty Ribbon. He was strongly committed to serving Walton County, where generations of his family have lived since the late 1700s. He was a member of Lions International in Monroe for 40 years where he served multiple terms as club president, secretary and treasurer, and he served as zone chairman for District 18D. He received the Lion of the Year award numerous times and was honored by the club with the Melvin Jones Fellowship. He was a member of the board of directors of the Walton County Chapter of the American Red Cross and served on the Monroe-Walton County Airport Authority during the renovation and extension of the airport runway. He was a member of the Walton County Board of Appeals and was a chief polling official for the Walton County Board of Elections.
In spite of his many career accomplishments and civic achievements, he regarded his most important mission to be as a husband, father and grandfather. He was the beloved center of his family, devoted to his wife, Patricia, with whom he celebrated 54 years of marriage on December 29. He was dearly loved by his son, Gregory Green, and daughters and son-in-law Angela and Greg Yarman, and Danielle Green, of Monroe, and his brother Phil Green, of Loganville. He was most proud to be PopPop to his grandsons, Christopher and Daniel Yarman, and set his schedule around picking them up from school each day. He took pride in teaching them auto-mechanics, carpentry and other important lessons. He enjoyed a good joke or a clever gag, and showed his amusement with a wry smile. In his younger days, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding his motorcycle. He was an avid follower of national news and politics and enjoyed visiting with neighbors, classmates and fellow National Guard retirees.
Contributions may be made to the St. Anna’s Catholic Church Building Fund, United Way of Walton County, Communities In Schools of Walton County or the Georgia Lions Lighthouse.