Samuel Royston Greene Jr.

November 6, 1925April 28, 2015
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Samuel Royston Greene Jr., 89, of Abottswood Retirement Community died April 28, 2015. A funeral to celebrate his life will be at 2 PM, Saturday, May 2, at Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm Street Chapel with Reverend John Causey officiating. Interment will take place in Forsyth Memorial Park in Winston-Salem, NC. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 PM prior to the service.

A native of Durham, NC, he was the son of the late Samuel R. and Addie Mitchell Greene. Having lived most of his life in Clemmons, NC, he was a graduate of Durham High School, a US Navy veteran and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Chemistry and a minor in mathematics. He was also Captain of the Golf Team. Mr. Greene worked for Western Electric for 32 years, from 1952-1984 which became AT&T, Alcatel-Lucent as an engineer. He also worked for Northern Telecom as a contractor for a few years after retirement. He was a member of the Old North State Chapter Telephone Pioneers of America, the Institute of Industrial Engineers and the Barbershop Harmony Society (SPEBSQSA). He enjoyed golf and UNC sports. Mr. Greene was a man of great faith and a long-time member of Boyer’s Chapel Church of Christ.

Surviving is his daughter, Nancy Greene Staley and her husband Fred of Level Cross; son, Michael Greene and his wife Susan of Brooklyn, NY; brother, Edward Greene and his wife Winton of Madison, AL; sister, Carolyn Greene McDonald and husband Paul of Southern Pines; and two grandchildren Anna and Aidan. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Ruth Davis Greene in 2014.

The family wishes to express sincere thanks for the loving care from the angels who aided him in his home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made at Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405. Online condolences may be made


  • Visitation Saturday, May 2, 2015
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 2, 2015
  • Interment Saturday, May 2, 2015

Samuel Royston Greene Jr.

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Pam Almond

May 5, 2015

Nancy and Family, we were saddened to hear of your Dad's passing and our thoughts have been with you all. I (Pam) am happy to have had the pleasure of meeting him and enjoying a meal with him at such a happy place like Southport, NC! Hoping he is peaceful now and reunited with your Mom and they both will now continue to shine down on you. Love always, Pam and Jim Almond

John Chambers

May 4, 2015

Nancy and family - so sorry to read of your father's passing. I thoroughly enjoyed the times I shared with him over the years and can honestly say he was a positive influence on me :) I always picture him with a smile in his voice and on his face. He will be missed! Your loving care for him especially in the past few years warmed my heart to witness. Thank you for sharing these pictures as well!

Suzanne Deiner

April 29, 2015

So sorry to hear about your Dad. He used to make us cry, when he would come to Spring Arbor , and sing to your Mom on her birthday or anniversary.

Jonathan Vehar

April 29, 2015

Dear Nancy and Family:

We were saddened to hear of your father's passing. While we only met him once or twice, we enjoyed his spirit and his enthusiasm for family and life. We also enjoyed seeing him in the play at Abbottswood, and the twinkle in his eye during his performance. We wish you all warm memories as well as comfort and peace. Please know that you are in our prayers.

Susan Rossetti & Jonathan Vehar

Jan Efflandt

April 29, 2015

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I worked with Nancy at The Center for Creative Leadership.