Tuesday, April 24, 2007

A Soldier and a Servant

All of your comments have been so precious. Thank you so much for the encouragement. Here is a link to my grandfather's obituary. It has a guest book in case anyone wants to leave a message for his sweet wife Madelyn. The text is below.

Major Albert “Al” Green, a soldier and a servant, was taken home to be with His Savior on April 21, 2007, in Sugar Land, TX. He died peacefully with loved ones by his side. Born on September 13, 1920, in Arkadelphia, AR, he enlisted in the Army at age 21 and served four tours before retiring. A decorated officer, he fought in World War II and Korea and helped liberate a German concentration camp. He loved traveling, gardening, and teaching Sunday School, but his passion was feeding the homeless. He is preceded in death by his late wife, Aletha Green, with whom he shared 58 years. He is survived by their children – Sandra Finley, Wayne Green, Gay Tuttle, Elizabeth Moore, and Tony Green; his brother Roy Green, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. He is survived by Madelyn Green, his wife of eight wonderful years, and her five children who he deeply loved.

14 comments:

Sharon said...

What a testimony of a life given to God. May even his memory continue to bring glory to God.
Still praying.

{Karla} said...

what a sweet, love-infused obituary.

And what a full life he lived!

blessings,
karla

Michelle said...

He sounds amazing! Praying for you and your fam lady.

Kelly said...

Funny how, when it all comes down, it's all about the people. Your Daddaw did some amazing things in his life. (He freed a concentration camp? Did he ever talk about that?!?) But in the end, he's remembered by the lives he touched.

What a legacy.

erin said...

i want my family to share that kind of LOVE!!!

The Van Fam said...

Amanda, it was a BEAUTIFUL service today, and I mean that so much. This is my 3rd one in the last 8 months. I have a hard time with funerals because so many times I walk away disappointed and upset. They tend to be all about the Message or all about the person's life. I think this was the first funeral that I have been to in a LONG time that was the most precious combination of both. It was so reflective and sweet, yet so honest and encouraging. The pastor was incredible and I enjoyed it as much as one can enjoy a funeral.

It was wonderful to finally meet Mr. Jackson and to see you, Curt, and your mom.

I will continue to pray for all of you. It gets easier but there are days I know it'll be so hard. Hug that sweet family of yours and take it easy!

Susan said...

Thank you for sharing yor Daddaw's obituary. Very sweetly written. Hugs to you and yours during this time.

Tammie said...

Was so good to see you today, Precious Amanda...even if it wasn't under the best of times. Your Daddaw's service was really beautiful. Indeed, every part of it.

Thought you might like to know this for grins... Shannon nearly hit the ground for cover when they did the gun salute! She had NO idea that was coming!

I love you. You looked so pretty today. Even if the weather wasn't "hair friendly". If you noticed, I had a pony-tail. Had to bring it under submission!


tammie

Anonymous said...

Amanda-

Thanks for sharing. It is so hard to lose a grandparent. I was so blessed to know both sets of my grandparents...each of which left a wonderful mark on my life. I lost my last one a year and a half ago, when I was 26. I have such fond, loving memories of each of them.

Praying for you and yours!

Sarah, TN

Kelly said...

My pap-pa died a few years ago (fittingly on the 4th of July) and he was in WW2 and was in a German prison camp for 3 years. I can't think about that war or patriotic things without crying because of his bravery. Those men were such a special generation. Reading about your grandpa reminded me of mine and brought tears to my eyes. I know you are proud of him!
P.S. I went to college in Arkadelphia where he was born! :-)

BooMama said...

I know I've said it at least twice already, but it bears repeating: WHAT A LEGACY.

Y'all are in my prayers....

Kelly Fisher said...

I was so sad that I was not able to make the service. Chase got sick and I had to pick him up from school - boo! Mom said it was a beautiful and precious time! Know that my family loves your family beyond words!

Kevin and Christie said...

Thinking of you...what a great man!

love ya.

cgs

Margaret said...

Hey Amanda - I was so sorry to haer about your grandfather! He sounds like a wonderful man!