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Leavitt Funeral Home
Wednesday November 3rd, 2021
11:00am

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Elwood Taft Greene, Jr.

Wadesboro – Mr. Elwood Taft Greene Jr., age 78, passed away on Saturday, October 30, 2021, while a patient at Atrium Union Hospital.



A service to celebrate his life will be held at 11:00AM Wednesday at Leavitt Funeral Home with Rev. Stacey Lundy officiating. The family will greet friends at the funeral home following the service. Interment will follow in Anson Memorial Park.



Born in Anson County on August 28, 1943, Elwood was the only child of Elwood Greene and Jessie Mae Strickland Greene. He was a graduate of Wadesboro High School where he excelled in several sports. Through the years, Elwood kept in touch with many of his high school friends, always asking questions regarding their whereabouts and updating them on fellow classmates and notable events. If you had the opportunity to know Elwood, you know that he remained a proud WHS Tiger at heart for the rest of his life.



Following his high school days, Elwood was drafted into the US Army, where he served his country to the best of his ability during the Vietnam War. After receiving his honorable discharge, Elwood gladly returned to his love of sports to make his next career move. He entered Major League Baseball’s Umpire Training School in Florida. Because of the brutal travel schedule involved, Elwood decided after a few years to give up umpiring professional baseball and instead returned to Anson County to focus on officiating both high school and college sports programs of all kinds. For the next 50 years, Elwood was a familiar site at games across North Carolina wearing his famous, or perhaps infamous, black and white striped officiating uniform. His even and unbiased demeanor earned him great respect from sporting officials and coaches alike. Elwood, at times, had to endure the wrath of fans everywhere but at the end of the day, the most important thing to him was not who won, but that everyone played cleanly and was treated fairly.



Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Vicki Blanchard Greene of the home; one daughter, Kelly G. Petrill (Scott) of Peachland; and the most special granddaughter in the whole world, Victoria "Tori" Petrill, whom Elwood greatly cherished.


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A candle was lit in memory of Elwood Greene, Jr.

Tommy Diggs Nov 21 2021 9:49 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Elwood Greene, Jr.

Juanita Grainger Williams Nov 8 2021 2:47 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Elwood Greene, Jr.

Betty Lutz Nov 7 2021 5:57 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Elwood Greene, Jr.

Tim and Donna Adams Nov 7 2021 7:50 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Elwood Greene, Jr.

Diggs Tommy Nov 5 2021 1:38 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Elwood Greene, Jr.

Bobby & Denise Usrey Nov 4 2021 8:14 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Elwood Greene, Jr.

Gracie Lang Nov 4 2021 6:49 PM

Vickie and Kellie, I just found out and you know how much Elwood meant to me through out the years. Dondie Treadaway sent me a text or I wouldn't have known anything. Prayers for both of you. Vickie I'll give you a call in a week or so

Tommy Smiley Nov 3 2021 6:57 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Elwood Greene, Jr.

Tommy Smiley Nov 3 2021 6:52 PM

Dear friends, Elwood was one of my best friends growing up in Wadesboro. I saw his love of sports developing from many basketball games in the backyard on Leak Ave. He was honest and fair to the core and one of the most loyal and faithful friends with which one could be blessed. I will miss him. Lloyd Griffith

Lloyd Griffith Nov 3 2021 3:35 PM

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