Funeral service for Mrs. Shirley Jean Green will be conducted 10 AM Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Marion, SC. Interment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens, Effingham, SC directed by Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC.
Mrs. Shirley Jean Green was born April 14, 1938 to the late Leon Smith and Easter Howard Cross of Marion, South Carolina. On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, God in His Providence called home his daughter, Shirley to Glory that she might sleep until the time of Refreshing, at the presence of the Lord.
Shirley was educated in Pleasant Grove and Florence County Public School Systems. She had intentions on joining the Navy but, met and married the late Joseph “Joe” Green of Florence, South Carolina and gave birth to her only child, a daughter, Patricia I. Greene-Smith.
After her union in South Carolina, Shirley worked as a caterer, and at Magee Housekeeping in Florence, South Carolina. She later met Nathaniel Crawford and relocated to Trenton, New Jersey, where she employed at Imperial 400 Hotel for many years. She then relocated to Manhattan, New York for a few years and then back to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she continued to work as a Housekeeper, and also in Environmental Services in Philadelphia ,until she retired.
While in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Shirley joined the Ebenezer Seventh-Day Adventist Church under the leadership of Pastor Kibble. She was a baptized member of the Deaconess Board of the church. Shirley also served her church as a Prayer Warrior, she served and supported the homeless Ministry, while also held weekly Prayer Meetings and Gatherings. Shirley loved the Lord!!! She loved to travel and would shop till she dropped. She enjoyed her friends and she did not play when it came to her family.
In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Joseph Greene; a son, Joseph Greene, Jr.; a brother, Edward “Freddie” Greene; and her long time love Nathaniel Crawford.
Shirley leaves to cherish her precious memories: a daughter, Patricia I Greene-Smith of Florence, South Carolina and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; a son-in-law, Jeffrey Smith of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: four grandchildren, Hezekiah D. Green, Terica T. Green, Samson N. Green, and Tatianna C. Thompson all of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; twenty-two great grandchildren; four great great-grandchildren; a sister, Ethel Dickerson of Marion, South Carolina and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; a sister-in-law, Essie Cross of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and a host of nephews; nieces; other relatives; and friends.
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