John Lynn Green, 79, of Maryville, TN, slipped away peacefully in his sleep at UT Medical Center.
John entered this earthly life on February 15, 1935, and departed to be with his heavenly Father on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.
John was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and devoted Christian. He loved the Lord Jesus and spent a life in service to him, serving as a deacon at Temple Baptist and Faith Baptist in Covington, VA. He was a devout member of Springview Baptist and Dotson Memorial Baptist after moving to Maryville.
John loved young people and worked tirelessly to help them grow into both Christians and better athletes. John coached Little League baseball for 31 years, 27 years of which were as a head coach of the Kiwanis team in the Covington area. He touched many lives while doing so. John and Loretta, working with other adult leaders, established the Word of Life youth ministry at Faith Baptist. Working through camps, meetings, competitions, and trips, many young people grew in their faith.
John was born at home on the farm and loved the farm life into early adulthood. Even after relocating for employment, his love of gardening and flowers brought him years of enjoyment.
John worked at the Hercules plant in Covington for 28 years and eight years at Mead Westvaco before retiring to Maryville.
He was preceded in death by his father, Thurman Green; mother, Pinkie Green Miller; a brother, Ray Lloyd Green; and great-granddaughter, Eden Corinne Johnston.
John leaves behind his loving wife of 58 years, Loretta F. Green; she will miss him every day until they meet again in heaven. John also has three sons and one daughter, Mike and wife, Joan, of Covington, Doug and wife, Yvonne, of Jackson, MO, Tim and wife, Amy, of Covington, and Terry and Carl Young of Maryville; sister, Mary Martin of Lafayette, IN; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held Monday, November 17, 2014, at 2 PM in the Arritt Funeral Home Chapel in Covington with the Rev. Billy Price officiating, assisted by the Rev. Bill Hartsfield. Interment was made at Alleghany Memorial Park.
The online guestbook is available at arrittfuneralhome.com.
Arritt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Obituary originally published in the November 26, 2014 edition of the West Virginia Daily News.