Monday, April 27, 2009

Rest in Peace

Sadly, our friend from church passed away on Monday, April 20, 2009. :( Your prayers are all appreciated for his family! The Patriot Guard Riders came out in full force to honor James, a Vietnam Veteran and All Around Great Guy. The memorial on Friday was amazing. If we could only touch 1/16th of the people he touched in his lifetime, we'd be doing fantastic. He made a huge difference in many lives!!!!! More people were at the church on Friday, than were at church on Easter Sunday. The sanctuary of 400+ seats was 100% filled, and there were about a hundred or so more out in the lobby, watching on tv screens.

Here is an article in the Loganville Tribune about him:

Beloved counselor to be laid to rest
The Loganville Tribune
Published April 24, 2009
WALTON COUNTY — There are many people in Walton County and the surrounding area that credit James Green with helping turn their lives
around. And because of this, The Orchard Church in Loganville is expecting a large turnout for his memorial service this afternoon. Green, 56, of Monroe, died Monday following a motorcycle accident over the weekend while participating in a charitable fund-raising event for the Dreamhouse, a charity for medically fragile children.“There’s a lot of people he’s touched in the area, both in the church and out, and he will be missed,” said Tony Ford, a fellow member of The Orchard Church and also a fellow counselor in a 12-Step recovery program working with people battling addiction. “James was the first person I met when I first became involved in the program more than three years ago.”Ford credits Green with helping him turn his life around, beating his addiction, turning to God and eventually joining Green in his attempts to help others battle the same demons.“I didn’t like him at first — I didn’t like what he had to say,” Ford said. “He told the truth and it stung. But eventually he got through to me and that had a lot to do with where I am at today.”Ford said Green’s testimony was deeply routed in his own problems with drugs many years ago, his subsequent recovery and his profound Christian faith.“He and his wife Rhonda, they were a team and they did so much for the community,” Ford said. “He has sponsored so many children to youth camps when they didn’t have the money and he sponsored people to go to the Promise Keepers conferences too.”Green, who with his wife owned and operated Commercial Electric Inc. in Loganville was a Vietnam veteran and a member of The Orchard Church board of directors. But Ford said it was his work with addicts and “at-risk” teens for which he was most well-known, working through the Walton County Juvenile Center and the Prime for Life Intervention Program.“He also went into jails and institutions and he always had a message of hope,” Ford said. “That man was one of a kind — he will be missed.”Green, who is survived by his wife, Rhonda, his children Nicole, Chelsie and Jimmy, will be memorialized at a ceremony at 4 p.m. today at The Orchard Church on Highway 81 in Loganville. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Dreamhouse for Medically Fragile Children, P O Box 1562,
Snellville, 30078 or IEC PAC Fund, 4401 Ford Ave., Suite 1100 Alexandria, Va.
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k said...

I'm glad things are smoothing out on your house, Kat. Just wanted to come by and say Happy Mother's Day! I hope it was a good one.

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