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