Former Upson County Sheriff and retired Georgia State Patrol Captain Mountain A. Greene is being remembered as a man who brought a lot of good values with him to the Sheriff’s Office. Greene, age 82, passed away at his home in Thomaston on October 29, 2015.
Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore said Sheriff Greene hired him as Chief Deputy in 1991, and Kilgore said he will always be grateful to Greene for that.
“He really gave me a great opportunity at a young age; he believed in me and I appreciate that,” Kilgore said. “I worked him for nine years. He was Sheriff from 1991 to 2001. I served as his Chief Deputy for nine years, and we worked together very closely. I appreciated the opportunities and the lessons learned from him.
“He was always concerned with being fair to everyone, and he certainly cared about the people of Upson County,” Kilgore recalled. “He was a strong figure for a long time in local law enforcement. He worked for the State Patrol until retirement, then once he retired, he ran for Sheriff, and certainly brought a lot of good values with him to the Sheriff’s Office. I’m grateful to have served with him.”
Greene was born on March 12, 1933 in Lamar County to the late Wiley E. Greene and Grace Burnette Greene. There were eight children born to his parents and Greene was number four. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, Wiley Eugene Greene, Jr., William Cicero Greene, and McKinley Burnette Greene, and one sister, Evangeline Himmel Tripplet.
Greene joined the U. S. Navy in 1951 and served four years during the Korean crisis. After leaving the Navy, Greene returned to his hometown of Barnesville and attended Gordon Military College for two years. He then went to work for the Rural Electric Association in Barnesville as a lineman for two years.
In 1957 he began his career in law enforcement by joining the Georgia State Patrol. He served 33 years on the Patrol until his retirement. In 1991 Greene was elected Sheriff of Upson County and served for 9 ½ years, retiring in 2000. Greene will be remembered for his fairness and treating everyone equally, no matter how rich or poor they were. He always had a special place in his heart for people that struggled or had a hard time in life.
Greene is survived by his wife of 27 years, Wilma Lee Greene of Thomaston; his son, Lance Colton Greene (Dana) of Thomaston; three daughters, April Greene Lowry (Tom) of N. Augusta, SC, Tina Greene Coker (Sammy) of Thomaston, and Yodie Greene Ellerbee (Barry) of Thomaston; and two step sons, Brian Dennis Wheeless (Kayla) of Thomaston, and Scott Allen Wheeless (April) of Molena. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, one brother and two sisters.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 11 a.m., at Mountain View Baptist Church. Dr. Rex King officiated and burial will follow in South View Cemetery.
(Editor’s Note: Portions of this article were taken from the online obituary at Fletcher-Day Funeral Home.)
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