John Henry Green Sr.
January 30, 1942 – January 31, 2021
John Henry Green, Sr., 79, formerly of Kenhorst, PA., passed away at his home in Las Vegas, NV., on Sunday January 31, 2021. Born in Elgin, S.C. on January 30, 1942, John was the son of the late Mrs. Mary (Green) Gaultt (Benjamin) and late Johnny Pearson. Through his mother's teachings and example, John accepted Christ at an early age. John was educated in the South Carolina Public School System. In his early years, John became part of an extended family through his friendship with Nathan Smith, Jr. Nathan, Sr. and Minnie Smith looked at John as another son. Though John had no biological siblings, he gained 12 siblings through his close knit relationship with the Smith Family. In his late teenage years, John, along with his uncles and cousins, whom he held so dear, relocated from Elgin, S.C., to Reading, PA. From an early age, John exhibited a strong work ethicand entrepreneurial spirit. This display of hard work was a direct influence of his beloved grandparents., Abram and Mattie Green. This work and drive developed and allowed John to establish the John H. Green Sanitation Company in Reading, PA. John successfully ran his company for over 50 years. Upon his retirement, he relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada. More than just a company owner and employer, John used his business as an avenue to hire, influence, and mentor countless males within the city of Reading. Regardless of race, creed, religion, or class; John H. Green Sanitation provided numerous young men with a sense of employment security, financial security, and pride. John was truly one of Reading's "Unsung Heroes." A true momma's boy, John would not miss the opportunity to spend time with his mother, enjoy her delicious cooking, accompanying her on occasion to church, or assisting in her caretaking up to her death in 2012. As an avid poker player, and sports enthusiast, John would spend hours watching and critiquing teams across all sports arenas, especially tennis. In addition to his sports binging, John was also a "self-proclaimed" connoisseur of sweets and baked goods, especially his much-loved TastyKake. John was a man of few words, but had a smile that would give light to the darkest of rooms. Left to cherish his warm smile and memory are his children: Eric Veal (Cindy) Las Vegas, NV., John Green, Jr. of Reading, PA; Jonelle F. Green of Atlanta, GA., Sophia C. Green; LaMari S. Rodriguez-Santiago (Albert); Whitaker Green; Cheyenne Green; Kenyan Green; Jon'Tiste Green all of Reading, PA., 19 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, his uncles; John Green (Bertha) of Willow Grove, PA., and Henry Green (Willie Mae) of Elgin, S.C., as well as a host of other family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. A Celebration of Life will be celebrated Thursday, February 25, 2021 at Theo. C. Auman, Inc. Funeral Home, 247 Penn St., Reading, PA. A public viewing will be held from 10:00-11:00AM with the service immediately following. Rev. Frank McCracken will be the officiant. CDC guidelines will be enforced and masks are required for entry. Interment will follow at Berks County Memorial Gardens, 201 Evansville Rd., Fleetwood PA 19522. Online memories and sharing may be made at www.theocauman.com
Thursday, February 25, 2021
A Celebration of Life Service
Thursday, February 25, 2021
John Henry Green Sr.
February 25, 2021
In the late 60's early 70's I would wait by our garage door on Miltimore St. every Wednesday around noon for "the man who would do the funny voice" to come for our pick up!! John would also do silly things to make me laugh! I'll never forget the time the crew put me in the cab of the truck! I have to say John is the one that started my love of trucks! I'm a firefighter for Reading and right before John retired, we heard a bag outside of our station at 9th & Marion. A car turned in front of his truck and got stuck on the big bumper on the front of the truck. The big guy, that was with John forever, and I were busting his butt about getting a new truck. When I told him who I was and the impact he had on me, John remembered that little kid on Millimore St and went right into the voice he used to do! John was a really cool guy with a comforting smile! He will be missed.
John Green Jr
February 23, 2021
Dad, it pains me to write this. Each day that goes by my heart hurts knowing we lost you too soon. I still can’t believe you’re no longer with us and it feels like a bad dream. I’m still waiting for you to knock on my door and ask me to go to Old Country Buffett. I know you’re in a better place now and I feel better knowing that you’re no longer in pain or suffering. No one can take advantage of you any longer. I wish I could have helped you. I wish I could have saved you. I wish I could have one more conversation with you. We just spoke on your birthday and everything appeared to be ok. You seemed a little off but I caught you early in the morning so I took it as you just woke up. Were you in pain? Did you need help? I wish I would have asked more questions. I never thought that would be the last time I would ever be able to hear your voice and speak to you again. My heart hurts and each day is a struggle. I miss you each day that goes by. I LOVE YOU. For a man with no education, unable to read or write and still managed to own a business for over 40 years. You weren’t suppose to make it. People didn’t care about you. You were left in this world with limited to no tools in life and you made something out of nothing. You forgave people. You helped many people. Many People took advantage of you and took your kindness for a weakness. You did the best you could with the tools given. Your SMILE always lit up a room. I am PROUD to call you my FATHER! MAY you Rest In Peace. Love always and forever, your son - John Jr. 🙏🏽
February 22, 2021
My grandfather was a hard working man. I am so thankful that he moved to Las Vegas so my father Eric Veal Sr. could help him live out his days being cared for and loved on! You were happy and free of stress. Rest well, from your oldest granddaughter, Erica Veal Brown💜