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Former Flowery Branch mayor Green dies at 83

POSTED: June 26, 2014 12:38 a.m.

David Green remembers his father as someone who never failed to help a person in need.

“The man, he never refused to do anything people asked him,” Green said. “He was always willing to devote his time to whatever cause and whatever needed to get done.”

Green’s father, former Flowery Branch Mayor Eugene Green, passed away June 19 at the age of 83.

“Even before he was the mayor, people would always come and ask him for advice, help or opinions,” David Green said. “He was always very knowledgeable. He kept up with what was going on not only in the city, but the state government and the federal government.”

According to David Green, Eugene Green grew up around the Sugar Hill area of Gwinnett County; he met and married Martha Vivian Green of Flowery Branch in 1951, shortly before being drafted into the Korean War.

He spent his career working for General Motors, before serving as mayor from 1991 until 1998.

“And one day someone asked him, they said ‘Hey, I think we need you to run for mayor,’” David Green recalled. “‘We need somebody out here who can get the job done, somebody who will work for the people and help the people out.’”

Outside of his professional life, Eugene Green — known as “Kink” to his friends — loved to garden, planting around 100 tomato plants along with squash, okra and cucumbers.

“You name it, he planted it,” David Green said. “But he was always sharing, with anybody who came by.”

Eugene Green belonged to a variety of groups, including the Shriners and Masons. He loved riding motorcycles.

He also sang in the choir at Flowery Branch United Methodist Church.

“I remember even when I was a little girl, Kink always sang in the choir,” said friend Mary Ellen Perry. “He was a tall man. I don’t know, maybe 6’6. He was a big guy ... but like a little teddy bear. He always had a smile on his face and always just something pleasant to say to everybody.”

Arrangements are being handled by Little & Davenport Funeral Home in Gainesville. A visitation is scheduled for 4-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the service scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, also at the funeral home.

“He was just the best father-in-law anyone could ever have had,” said his daughter-in-law, Myra Green. “You could never know a better person.”


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