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James “Rodney” Green, of Lake Limestone/Groesbeck, passed away at his home on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at age 74.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the family’s home at a later date.
Rodney was born May 22, 1948, to Cletus Green and Mary Beth (Lewis) Green in Dallas. He grew up in Wink, TX, where he graduated from Wink High School in 1967.
Rodney attended college for a career in law enforcement, and became a DPS trooper. He worked for the Texas Department of Public Safety for 9 years in Eagle Lake.
Rodney changed careers to work for Southern Pacific Railroad in Houston, where he was a law enforcement officer in their Houston office, and it was there he met another SP employee, Alice.
Rodney was united in marriage with Alice Jean Kellum on May 31, 1980, in Tomball, and they made their home in Spring. Rodney went to work at Gallery Furniture in Houston, where he was personal security for “Mattress Mack.” This was an interesting and pleasant experience working for such a well-known personality and generous man, who sponsored them on great trips to England, Scotland, and twice to Hawaii.
Rodney and Alice moved to Lake Limestone in 1996. His parents were already living there and when his mother passed away, he and Alice bought their home. He enjoyed boating and fishing at the lake and hunting in the area, but he didn’t stay retired. He went to work for TDCJ at the Boyd unit near Teague and worked there until retiring in 2010.
He enjoyed having his family visit at the lake and fishing with the grandchildren, and was fond of his pets, which included rescue dogs and cats. He and Alice attended the Methodist church in Groesbeck.
Rodney was preceded in death by his parents; son, James Randall Green; stepson, Ricky Marlow; and sister-in-law, Sandra Green.
He is survived by his wife, Alice Jean Green of Groesbeck; son, Bobby Green and granddaughter, Vanessa Green and her son, Michael James Whitt, and grandson, Chase Green, all of Houston. He has a stepdaughter, Tami McAfee and husband Pete of Houston; stepdaughter, Teresa Trueblood and husband Ryan of Houston; and stepson, Ronnie Marlow and his dear friend Glynis Gates of Houston. The granddaughters are: Brittany Greiner and husband Randy of Magnolia, Hailey Marlow of Spring, and Alyssa Marlow of Spring; and grandsons: Lane Faske and partner Brendli and their son, Brextyn Faske of Houston and Logan Faske of Houston. He is also survived by his brother, Paul Green and sisters, Valerie and husband Carl Stevens and Anita Cypert, and nieces and nephews.
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