Bennie Green Jr., 92, died on Jan. 23, 2018. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He had many jobs early in life to provide for his family, including working on the farm, owning a gas station, driving a school bus and managing a truck line. His greatest passion was his 50 year fire-fighting career, beginning with the Woodford County Fire Department as a volunteer in 1962. He later became the first full-time employee of that department and retired in 2012 at age 86, after being chief for 27 years.
He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Evelyn Chappell Green; his two daughters, Donna Green and Debbie (Dale) Pierce; his four grandsons, Thad (Kelly) Baker, Dean (Carol) Baker, Mike (Susie) Pierce, and Adam (Sara) Pierce; and 11 great-grandchildren, Jacob Baker, Grace Reed-Baker, Erin Beth Baker, Brittany Baker, Ty Baker, Micaiah (Joe) Ratliff, Christian Pierce, Hannah Pierce, Gabriel Pierce, Aryanna Przygoda, and Toby Pierce. He is also survived by his sister, Laverne (Herman) Pittman; sister-in-law, Doris Green; brother-in-law, Larry (Doris) Chappell; and a number of nieces and nephews.
He also loved and considered “sons” the members of the Woodford County Fire Department. He would always worry about his “boys” when they were on fire runs.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin Franklin Green Sr. and Mary Cook Green; his sisters, Gladys Smith and Jewell Wilson; and his brother, Eugene Green.
Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, at Journey Church, officiated by Chaplain Ron Ingram and Mike Pierce. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Serving as casket bearers will be members of the Woodford County Fire Department. Honorary casket bearers will be present and former Woodford County Fire Department members and former employees of Kentucky Truck Line. Visitation will be from 2 until 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Woodford County Humane Society and WHAS Crusade for Children in care of Woodford County Fire Department.