William E. “Sonny” Green, 82, of rural Blackwater, died Sunday, February 21, 2021 at Brunswick Nursing & Rehabilitation in Brunswick.
Graveside services with military honors will be Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 11:30 A.M. at Gilliam Cemetery, with Rev. Stephen Healea officiating. Pallbearers will be Andrew Sula, Justin Sula, Ethan Green, Randal Luscombe, Trey Green, and Britten Mergen. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Green, Thomas Green, Troy Blank, Mark Sula, and Brady Blank. Visitation will be Thursday from 10:00 until 11:00 A.M. at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater. Memorials are suggested to St.
Jude Children’s Hospital, Pilot Grove Public Schools, or Blackwater Public Schools in care of the funeral home.
Born July 7, 1938 in Slater, he was the son of the late Jesse and Marjorie Yates Green. On November 24, 1962 in Slater, he married Dorothy Norris, and she survives of the home.
Also surviving are two sons, Michael Green of Blackwater and Thomas Green of Houstonia; two daughters, Amanda Blank of Blackwater and Teresa Sula of Thomasville, North Carolina; twelve grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Nellie Meyer of Slater. He was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Green; and a sister, Sue Fisher.
Mr. Green was a U.S. Army veteran. He owned and operated Green’s Place, a restaurant in Blackwater, where he was known for his chili. He later worked for the Missouri Department of Transportation until his retirement. After his retirement, he worked as a school bus driver for Blackwater Public Schools, and later Pilot Grove Public Schools. He and his wife had lived in the Blackwater area since 1969. He loved his children, grandchildren, and his bus kids. They were his world.