Thomas Edward Green, age 63, of Dellwood, Fl, died on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at Jackson Hospital, Marianna, Florida, after a courageous fight against cancer. He was a loving husband, father, and Papa. His smile and sweet laughter was contagious. He never met a stranger and always strove to make anyone he met feel welcome and loved while in his presence. He will be sorely missed by all. Papa was our protector… our provider… our hero. Most of all, though, he was a true child of Christ whose light will continue to shine on the ones he’s left behind.
Born on December 14, 1952, in Jackson County, Florida to C. H. (Peggy) and Lena Green, Thomas grew up on his family’s farm in Dellwood, where he spent many hours working hard and playing just as hard with his seven brothers. He graduated from Greenwood High School in 1970 and married his sweetheart, Dianne Simpson, later that same year. He attended Chipola College, Florida State University, Florida A & M University, and then retired from the Florida Department of Transportation after 35 years of service as a Professional Civil Engineer.
Thomas loved sports, particularly if any one of his five grandchildren were involved. He spent countless hours traveling to and from games, watching his grandchildren play basketball, baseball and volleyball.
Thomas was a member of Welcome of Assembly of God Church, Dellwood, Florida, where he served in many capacities over the years including Sunday School Teacher, Men’s Fellowship President, Royal Ranger Leader, Missions Team Leader, and Deacon. It was evident that he loved Jesus, and he loved to share the love of Christ with his many acquaintances.
Thomas is survived by his wife of 46 years, Dianne Simpson Green; two daughters, Kimberly Green Smith, and Haley-Marie Green; five grandchildren, Aaron Green, MacKenzie May, Kade Chatwood, Madison Smith and Cain Smith; five brothers, Wayne (Christie), Allen (Kay), Terry, Lynn and Mark (Melody). Thomas is also survived by his faithful and loving dog, Green.
Thomas was predeceased by his parents, C. H. (Peggy) and Lena Green; brothers, Byron and Jimmy; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Falcon and Edna Simpson.
Funeral Services for Thomas will be at 2pm Saturday, November 26, 2016, at Welcome Assembly of God Church, Dellwood Community, with Reverend Charles Jackson and Reverend Joe Jackson officiating. Visitation with family and friends will be at the Church from 1pm until funeral time. Interment will follow in Cypress Grove Assembly of God Cemetery in the Dellwood Community. James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel of Marianna will direct.