Dan Ray Green

dan green

November 25, 1946 ~ March 30, 2024

Born in: Black Mountain, NC
Resided in: Candler, NC

Dan Ray Green, age 77, passed away in his home on Saturday, March 30, 2024. He was born to Winnie and David Green November 25, 1946, in Black Mountain, NC, and was the youngest of five children. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, brother, Guy Green, and sisters, Elizabeth Hanley, and Helen Simpson.

Upon graduating from Charles D. Owen High School, class of 1965, Dan shipped to Paris Island to become a proud member of the US Marine Corps. After serving two tours as a radio telegraph operator during the Vietnam War and reaching the rank of Sergeant, he was honorably discharged April 1969 having earned a Purple Heart among other honors. Dan worked for Southern Railway until retiring.

Dan loved riding his Harley, hunting, fishing, and watching horse races. In the last 13 years of his life, Dan particularly enjoyed serving with his brothers in Christ at Lake Hills Baptist Church assisting with maintenance on the church grounds or at homes in the community, as well as being a part of the Encounter parking crew welcoming everyone on Sunday mornings. Nothing made him happier than joining hands with fellow believers to make sure those in poverty had a good Christmas and plenty to eat. On lazy days at home, he enjoyed many hours sitting in peace on his front porch watching birds dance over his wife’s beautiful flower gardens. You could always count on Dan to have an interesting story or to make you laugh with his colloquial mountain humor. He will be greatly missed.

Dan is survived by his precious wife, Linda Brock Green, of 30 years who took care of him selflessly allowing him to pass in their home, well cared for and with loved ones by his side. He is also survived by his older brother, Ned Greene, his children Tina (Michael) Whitaker of Columbia, SC, Tracy (Chris) Korte of Colorado Springs, CO, Todd (Heather) Greene of Georgetown, KY, Tammy Greene of Asheville, NC, his stepson Mike Johnson of Candler, NC, and 13 grandchildren, many nephews and nieces, and countless dear friends.

The family will be holding a private memorial service at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Lake Hills Baptist Church would be greatly appreciated.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Dan,
    They don’t make men like you anymore, and that is unfortunate. You were a great man, husband, father and friend, as well as a steadfast believer and role model in Christ. You were kind, funny, intelligent, and full of life. You made a great and lasting impact on many lives and brought joy and laughter to everyone you met. Thank you for your kindness, acceptance and hospitality to me. You will be greatly missed.

  2. Love you Buddy! You were more to me than just a Dad. My friend and protector!!
    I will see you soon!!!
    You are a True Angel of God.

  3. Linda and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. He was a wonderful person with a big heart!! This is a beautiful tribute to him and a great picture! I know you take comfort knowing he is no longer suffering and rejoicing in heaven! You are in my thoughts and prayers… may God give you comfort and a peace. Much Love,
    Sandy Worley

  4. I will always remember Dan as a fellow vietnam veteran and his willingness to greet and help people as they would arrive at the back entrance to the church. Thank you Dan for serving your country and for your service to the Lord.

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