The Obit For Bill Green

William Green

Published in The Oklahoman on October 20, 2009

William Rae "Bill" Green, loving husband, father and grandfather, resident of Kingston, passed away on October 17, 2009. The cause was heart failure.

Bill was born on February 27, 1934 in Oklahoma City. A 1951 graduate of Classen High School, Bill attended Oklahoma State University (formerly Oklahoma A&M) on a baseball scholarship.

Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds, Bill was with the organization from 1953-1958, having two stints with the major league club, The Reds.

Following a baseball career, Bill served his country in the United States Army 1958-1962 in Ft. Lewis (Washington) and Ft. Chaffee (Arkansas).

Bill worked full time in the office supply industry in Oklahoma City from 1962-2007, primarily in corporate sales with Mike Bryan Office Products, with the final few years as Vice President of Macon Stationary.

Bill is survived by his wife of 28 years, the former Mary Brown, of Kingston; a daughter, Vickie Forster and her partner, Valerie Johns, of Wilmington, DE; a daughter, Nancy Green of Oklahoma City; a granddaughter, Amy Forster, also of Wilmington, DE; and two stepsons and their families, Gary Muzny (Diane) of Moore and Chris Muzny (Lise) of Boulder, CO. Also surviving is Bill's dog, "Abby."

An active member of the Southern Baptist Church Convention, Bill coached numerous SBC church league basketball and softball teams in Oklahoma City, first at The First Baptist Church in Oklahoma City in the 1960s-70s and afterward at the Putnam City Baptist Church in the 1970s, including several state championship teams.

Bill and Mary enjoyed "motor homing," traveling to visit their children and grandchildren, and seeing the vast natural wonders of our country at numerous State and National Parks. A lifelong, avid gardener, Bill continued his passion for raising a home "victory" garden and flower cultivation until his death.

Funeral arrangements are pending with Watt's Funeral Home, Madill, OK. More details are available online at www.wattsfuneralhome.com