Rev. Albert M. Green, 94, Greenville

The Rev. Albert Marcellus Green, 94, of Greenville, died at 7:50 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008, at the home of grandson Craig Cooper in Edwardsville.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville, with the Revs. Herbert H. Coates and Brian Hartley officiating. Burial was to be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Greenville. Visitation was to be held an hour before services on Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials: Bond County Senior Citizens Center or Free Methodist Church.

Rev. Green was born on Feb. 9, 1914, in Emporia, Kan., the son of John Wiser and Ella May Marcellus Green. He married Geraldine Emley on Jan. 8, 1956, in Emporia, Kan.; she died on May 8, 2008.

He grew up in Emporia, Kan., attended schools there and graduated from Lother High School in 1934. He was reared in the Friends Church (Quaker), where he often led the singing. He worked for Food Town Grocery in Emporia. He attended Ottawa University and then Greenville College. He pastored Climax Free Methodist Church, Williamsburg Free Methodist Church and Mound Valley Free Methodist Church in Kansas for six years. He and his family moved to Greenville on Aug. 20, 1951, and he worked for Brokerage IGA and Annex Clothing (for 24 years), drove the food van for the public schools for seven years and worked at Jansens Clothing. He worked after hours for Denny Donnell at Donnell Funeral Home from 1953 until 2007, and was the greeter for many years at Grandpas and Value City. He was a member of Greenville Free Methodist Church and often attended St. Pauls Free Methodist Church.

He and his wife pastured the Sorento Free Methodist Church for four years, Pittsburg Free Methodist Church for five years and Coffeen Free Methodist Church for 13 years.

He is survived by grandchildren, Terry Cooper and his wife Kay of Reno, Nev., Scott Cooper and his wife Nora of Edwardsville, Craig Cooper and his wife Nancy of Edwardsville, Judy and her husband Wayne Stief of Greenville, Glenda and her husband David Bell of Alton, and Denise and her husband Rick Estes of Enfield; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughters, Odessa Cooper, on March 20, 1991, and Fern A. Ulmer on March 20, 1976; and brother, James Green, in infancy.

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