|Birth: ||Jan. 26, 1942|
|Death: ||Oct. 18, 2007|
North Carolina, USA
Of all the money e'er I had,
I spent it in good company.
And all the harm I've ever done,
Alas! it was to none but me.
And all I've done for want of wit
To mem'ry now I can't recall
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be with you all
Oh, all the comrades e'er I had,
They're sorry for my going away,
And all the sweethearts e'er I had,
They'd wish me one more day to stay,
But since it falls unto my lot,
That I should rise and you should not,
I'll gently rise and softly call,
Good night and joy be with you all.
My dad (Daddy, Poppie, Pop) was born in Ohio and moved to Portsmouth, VA as a child. He was a graduate of Churchland High School, class of 1959 - home of the Churchland Truckers.
My dad was a character. He had an irreverent sense of humor - sometimes crass - always funny, and he liked a good joke.
He was fond of animals, and I grew up watching many an animal documentary on TV. He would take turtles out of the road so they wouldn't get run over by cars. We enjoyed watching Wiley Coyote on Saturday mornings. He had a faithful companion to the end in his border collie cross named Smokey. My mother calls her his "girlfriend", and Smokey took good care of him.
As a grandfather - Poppie - he enjoyed his grandchildren very much. He gave them rides in the lawnmower wagon and the boat. He built sandboxes and swing sets for them and tried to teach his 3 year old grandson how to putt a golf ball. They brought him much happiness. He had two grandchildren at the time of his death and has since acquired two great-grandchildren.
Daddy was very mechanically inclined and could make and fix just about anything. We built furniture, our pier at the lake, remodeled a house, and painted a car among other things. He liked cars, especially models from the 50's and restored a beat-up old Studebaker Silver Hawk from top to bottom. It was a sweet ride when he was done.
I am also mechanically inclined and learned from him how to do many things.
Pop worked for the Schlitz brewing company (later bought by Strohs) for over 25 years as a master welder. He was able to retire at age 59 and was ready to to take on a life of leisure, but it was short-lived.
Daddy became terminally ill and struggled for a long time before he left us in October of 2007. He is greatly missed by his family and everyone who knew him.
John Henry Greening, 65, passed away Thursday Oct. 18, 2007, in Lexington, NC. John was born Jan. 26, 1942, in Barberton, Ohio, to John Henry Greening, Sr. and Hazel Heffelfinger Greening. He retired from Stroh Brewery Co. in 1995 and was married on Feb. 23, 1963, to Rebecca Coltrane in Virginia Beach, Va. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, daughters Laura Myers and husband Alan of Winston-Salem and Lisa Lemmings and husband Eugene of Lexington; mother Hazel H. Greening of Portsmouth, Va.; sister Nancy Parrino and husband Frank of Portsmouth; grandchildren Amanda and Jonathan Furr of Lexington; a large, loving extended family; and a faithful friend, Smokey. A memorial service was conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Linwood United Methodist Church in Linwood, with the Rev. Cindy Arnold and the Rev. Russell Myers officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Caring Samaritan Fund, c/o Linwood U.M.C., P.O. Box 82, Linwood, NC 27299.
John Henry Greening (1916 - 1971)
Hazel Winifred Heffelfinger Greening (1918 - 2012)
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: Scattered with Smoky's ashes on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Created by: Laura Myers
Record added: Oct 23, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22398611