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Obituary for ALFRED CARLTON GREENE
Alfred Carlton Greene, 88, of Chesapeake Beach, MD passed away on November 20, 2009 at Prince George's Hospital, Cheverly, MD. Affectionately known as "Carlton" was born in Chesapeake Beach on September 24, 1921 to the late Wilmore and Ellen Greene. He was the youngest of two children. He and his sister Martha Greene have remained close to their birth place and close to one another. Martha referred to her brother simply as "Brother."
After the death of his father, by default, Alfred became the man of the family and at an early age he entered the work force to support his mother and sister. He spent his youth working odd jobs until he was old enough to join the Army. As a young man, he was a man of faith who loved to read his Bible and would find his faith tested while serving overseas in World War II. While serving in the military miles from home, he kept in touch with his family and continued to support them from abroad. One night, while 30 to 60 feet high above ground in a guard watch tower, he made a promise to God. He promised God that if He spared his life to make it home to the United States that God would never want for a witness. After a second tour of duty and four years of military service, God spared Alfred's life and he returned to his native home, reunited with his family and kept his promise to God.
Upon his return to the United States, Alfred was reminded by a beautiful young lady named Grace Hunter, that prior to his departure to war he had promised her marriage. Grace would not be denied the love that God had for her and Alfred Greene would prove to be a man of his word with both God and Grace Hunter. Their short courtship quickly yielded to marriage on August 17, 1946. From their union they produced 14 children and a host of grand, great-grand, and great-great grandchildren. To provide for his family, he worked as a foreman for Smith Building Supply for over 35 years. He loved his wife, sister, family, and everyone he came in contact with. He was a great provider. But the greatest love of all was his love for the Lord. He had one desire in his life and that was: "To live for God and His Glory."
Alfred believed that it was better to give than to receive. He spent his life in service to others. He joined From the Heart Church Ministries on February 1, 2004 and was a faithful member of the From the Heart Men's Choir. Prior to becoming a member of From the Heart Church Ministries he gave 54 years in service to The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in various roles. He served as a deacon, treasurer, choir member, Care Mercy member and many other ministries during his life. His time was spent visiting the sick, caring for widows, giving to the poor, witnessing Christ to those that he met on his daily two-mile morning walk and giving to anyone in need. Alfred Greene had but one hobby, and that was winning souls for the Kingdom of God.
Alfred is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Grace S. Greene; his 92 year old sister, Martha M. Greene; children Alfred and JoAnn Greene, Sr., Maurice and Pearle Greene, Sr., Matthew and Veronica Greene, Valarie C. Greene, James J. Greene, Sr., Marjorie M. Greene, Anita Greene-Wills and Ricky Wills, Carolyn Greene-Traore and Mohamed Traore, Spencer C. Greene, Jeffery J. Greene, Anthony W. Greene, Wayne E. Greene, Dwight C. Greene, and Samuel S. Greene; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren; a nephew, Howard Emerson, also known as "Glennwood;" and a host of other relatives and friends.
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Sewell Funeral Home 1451 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 on Monday, November 30, 2009 (map/driving directions)
10:00 am to 11:00 am at From the Heart Church Ministries 4949 Allentown Road Suitland, MD 20746 on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 (map/driving directions)
11:00 am at From the Heart Church Ministries 4949 Allentown Road Suitland, MD 20746 on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 (map/driving directions)