YOUNGSTOWN – Attorney William Green Jr., went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, June 16, 2011, with his family by his side. He was truly a remarkable man.
Born to unknown parents in 1923, he was abandoned in a railroad station in Waycross, Ga., and was subsequently adopted by travelers, William Green Sr., and his wife, and was brought to the Youngstown, Ohio area.
At four years old, Mr. Green had a dream that he was to become a lawyer, which he did attain years later.
He was a 1941 graduate of East High School and then proudly served his county in Germany during World War II with the U.S. Army. After returning home from war, Mr. Green married the former Dorothy Wigfall, and gave birth to three children Michael, Pamela and Jeffrey. He then fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming an attorney, earning his Bachelor of Arts and LLB degrees along with his Juris Doctorate at Youngstown College School of Law. From there he went on to have a brilliant career as a trial attorney, specializing in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Domestic Relations for more than 50 years.
During his lifetime, Attorney Green pioneered in civil rights and was appointed by Governor Jim Rhodes to the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. He was an active, life-long Republican. As a public servant, he served as State Examiner, Assistant County Prosecutor, Chief Prosecutor with the City of Youngstown, and as Assistant Law Director with the City of Youngstown.
He was an active member of The Roberts Deliberating Club, Charter member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Houston Law Club, Mahoning County Bar Assoc., American Trial Lawyers Assoc., and lifetime member of the NAACP, Buckeye Elks Lodge, Ohio Republican Council, National Human Rights Commission, National Bar Associations, and numerous other local and national organizations.
Over the years, Mr. Green was an active member of the Centenary United Methodist Church, the Christian Fellowship Tabernacle, Mt. Calvary Pentecostal Church, and served as an adviser to Flame Fellowships Int’l and other Christian organizations.
He leaves to mourn, two children, Jeffrey (Cheryl) Green of Canfield, Ohio and Pamela (George) Vinnett of Tulsa, Okla.; daughter-in-law, Karen Clark-Green of Youngstown; eight grandchildren, Michael S. Green Jr. of Los Angeles, Paul G. Green (Shantae) and Ebony R. Green, both of Atlanta, Joshua W. Green of Youngstown, Melody F., Destiny J. and Jonathan G. E. Vinnett all of Tulsa, Okla., and Arielle T. Green of Canfield; two great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Green Sr.; wife, Dorothy Wigfall Green; and his son, Michael S. Green Sr.
Friends may call Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Mt. Calvary Pentecostal Church. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m.
Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home, Youngstown, Ohio.http://www.vindy.com/news/tributes/2011/jun/21/attorney-will...