Frank Littlejohn Green Jr.
July 11, 1943 – June 9, 2018
Frank Littlejohn Green, Jr., 74, passed away in Arlington, Texas. He was a cancer survivor but the effects of radiation therapy finally took its toll and he died of pneumonia at Arlington Memorial Hospital on June 9, 2018, his wife by his side. His memorial service will be conducted by the Masons and will take place on, what would have been his 75th birthday, July 11, at 2:00 PM at Moore Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens in Arlington. A reception will follow at the funeral home.
Frank was B.O.I., born on Galveston Island, Texas, on July 11, 1943 at 9:50 AM to Marie Dowdy Green and Frank Littlejohn Green, Sr. He had one brother, Gary, who passed away in 2005. Frank was raised Catholic and attended Holy Ghost Catholic Church and School in Houston, Texas. When he graduated from Holy Ghost, he attended public school. Father David Norris said Mass for Frank on June 19, 2018 at St. Paul Catholic Newman Center in Fresno, CA.
In 1959 Frank met a 13 year-old girl named Shirley. She worked in the school office and one day was assigned to carry his books to class because he was on crutches after a motorcycle accident. He was 15 and proclaimed that one day he was going to marry that girl. Along life’s way and some years later, he met and married a lady from Savannah, GA. He became a father to her three-year old son, Rob, and in due course, on November 20, 1969, his son, Frank Littlejohn Green, III, was born. Rob always called Frank his Dad. Twenty-three years after meeting Shirley, on March 6, 1982 in Dallas, Texas, Frank married his junior high school sweetheart.
Frank served in the Air Force from August, 1961 to February, 1965. After the Air Force, he earned an Electrical Engineering Associates Degree while working in London, England. He had a varied career history including building a spotter station off the coast of Maine for Decca Survey Systems and selling buttons and notions in Texas and several other states for Lansing Button Company. He also did engineering contract work and project management for various companies in Houston including Landes and Crest Engineering. In 1990 he completed HVAC school, received his TAC license and then started his own company. In 1989 Frank became a Mason and maintained membership at Memorial Lodge #1298, Houston, Texas until his death. He also became a Shriner and joined Arabia Shrine Temple in Houston and became a member of the Scottish Rite the same year. He was the President of the Arabia Shrine Toastmasters Club and participated in Arabia Shrine Temple’s Patrol Unit. He and Shirley and Frank, III, moved to Arlington, Texas and then to Grand Prairie, Texas where Frank joined Sam R. Hamilton Lodge and was Worshipful Master in 1996 and 1997 and continued as a member until his death. He joined Moslah Shrine Center in Fort Worth and became a member of the Flying Fez Group making numerous trips escorting children to the Shriners Hospitals for their doctors’ appointments. He became Commander of the Flying Fez in 1999 and Commander of the Texas Shrine Flying Fez Association in 2000. As Frank loved classical music, he joined the Board of Directors of Symphony Arlington and was on the Board for 12 years. As a Director he established a program allowing residents of assisted-living and other senior communities in the area to attend symphony concerts free of charge.
In early 2001, Frank was diagnosed with Tonsil Cancer and after surgery and radiation therapy, spent the rest of the year recuperating. During the next few years, he continued his business and Shrine activities. He joined the International Shrine Aviation Association and in 2011 became their Commander. He was also Secretary-Treasurer of ISAA the following year.
Frank is survived by his wife of 36 years; his step-son, Robert Byrd of Daisy, GA; one grandson; one granddaughter; two great-grandsons; his aunts and many cousins and friends.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents; his brother; his son; his uncles; his aunts, Frances Kari, Anna Broussard and Margie Parsons; and cousin, Jerilyn Mosso.
Frank requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children. His family wants to give special thanks to all the caregivers that helped take care of Frank for the last year. A special thank you goes to Brittany Vinson, LaDessia Winston, Vernice Perry, Chasity Williams, Belinda Coleman, Candies Walker and Haylea Rogers who are truly angels in disguise. Also thank you to Dr. Mary Snellings and Encompass Home Health to their nurses and therapists for their care, therapy and advice.
Frank’s outlook on life was “Adapt and Overcome” even though the struggles seemed insurmountable. His struggle is over and he is at Peace in the Hands of the Lord.
- Celebration of Life Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Frank Littlejohn Green Jr.
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July 24, 2018
Nolan and I met Frank and Shirley through I.S.A.A, International Shrine Aviation Association. Nolan had been Commander, and Frank later became Commander with Nolan serving as his Secretary-Treasurer. We have a beautiful glass decanter inscribed and presented by Frank to all of his officers at the end of his term. It has a special place of honor in our home. We realized we had a lot in common with Frank and Shirley----we were from Texas and didn’t live that far from each other! Frank was dedicated to the Shrine Organization and took his position as Commander very seriously. He didn’t say much, but he always maintained that dry sense of humor! Shirley wrote a wonderful tribute to Frank, giving us insight into so many things that we didn’t know about him since he was very quiet and unassuming. It was wonderful to get to know these things about him and their life together through narrative and pictures. One thing we did know---they loved each other dearly! And, Shirley was right by his side during all of his endeavors and especially during his illnesses. We are so blessed to have known them both and continue to count Shirley as a very special friend. Frank will be missed in our lives. Shirley, our thoughts and prayers are with you continuously , and we will always be here for you. Becky and Nolan Buckner
July 10, 2018
Frank was a very special person in my life. When I was born, he accepted my parents request to be my God Father. I was so proud to have this accomplished and handsome man play such a special role in my life. He always made time to pop over and see me and my family, always with a gift in hand for me. He always greeted everyone with a big smile and a “hello darlin”.
I cherish these memories forever.
June 21, 2018
To my cousin Shirley and to all Frank's family and loved ones, my prayers and condolences. On my visits to Texas over the years Frank was always a hospitable and kind host. He and Shirley made my visits fun and memorable.
Even in his illness, Frank was genial and always trying to be helpful . He will be missed not only by Shirley but by all who knew and loved him.
June 20, 2018
I remember you always being kind and funny when we at the family reunions or weddings. You had a caring heart and I know your at peace now.
Joanna Dowdy Wilder Alcorn