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Terry William Greene

May 18, 1955 — May 6, 2022

Terry William Greene of rural Madison died unexpectedly Friday, May 6, 2022 following a short illness at Harry S. Truman Veteran’s Memorial Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.  Prior to moving to the Middle Grove community in 2004, he had lived in Dyer County, Tennessee all of his life.

Mr. Greene proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1977 through 1983.  He earned the classification of Petty Officer, 2nd Class, achieving an E-6 standing.  The majority of his service was spent aboard the submarine tender “Simon Lake”, stationed in South Carolina.

Following his discharge, Terry became a Tool Maker by trade.  His work experiences in Missouri included Dura Corporation, A.B. Chance/Hubbell, and Jones Abrasive Waterjet Services.  He retired from Spartan Corporation in July, 2017.  He also attended Moberly Area Community College during this time period, earning an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Drafting/Design Technology in 2010 and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Industrial Technology – Machine Tool in 2011.  Following retirement, Terry spent the majority of his time raising Cheviot sheep with his wife and custom hay harvesting.

Terry enjoyed many things, including fishing, carpentry and woodworking, and helping people.  He was thought to have an infectious smile, a quick wit, and a tender heart.  He was particularly interested in timber frame construction.  Following a stint at Cowee Mountain Timber Framers in North Carolina, he met his wife, Candace Dowlin-Greene, on the roof of a barn he was helping dismantle in Stockton, Missouri in 2003.  Married June 26, 2004, she survives at their home in the Middle Grove community.  Other survivors include two daughters, Amanda (Jared) Winegarden and Katy Sego of Dyersburg, Tennessee; five grandchildren – Tristan Newsom, Brianna Clark, Bradley Clark, Sydney Peckenpaugh and Morgan Peckenpaugh, all also of Dyersburg.  Other survivors include his brother, Dempsy (Cynthia) Greene of Dyersburg; nephew Jerry Wayne (Crystal) Weddington of Greenfield, Tennessee; and niece Emily (Jonathan) Kolwyck of Manchester, Tennessee.  He was preceded in death by his parents Coy William and Elsie Forbes Greene, brother Billy Wayne Greene, sister Brenda Weddington, and in-laws William L. and Ruth Dowlin.  

Terry will be remembered for many things.  If you were to ask him, he would probably answer that he hoped to be remembered for how he loved…..loved his work, his animals, his country, his friends and neighbors, and most of all – his family and his God.

Services with military honors were held Saturday, May 14, 2022 in Friendship, Tennessee with Pastor Clyde Thompson officiating.  Burial followed near his family members in the Friendship Cemetery.  Internment was overseen by the Friendship Funeral Home with the assistance of Pathway-Millard Family Funeral Chapel.  

Please see this message from Candy.

Thank you again so very much for  the prayers, support, and offers of help you have sent my way during Terry's passing.  Missouri had been his home for the past 18 years, so I'd like to offer his friends and neighbors the opportunity to say goodbye as well. On Sunday, June 12, we'll be holding a Memorial Gathering. We'll meet at Middle Grove School, 11476 Rt M, Madison, MO from 3-5 pm. Lon Hardy will be sharing with us around 4 pm. But I want others to feel free to share too. So bring pictures if you have any, stories to share, or memories recalled. We'll gather and talk and laugh...and remember this man God brought into our lives with the introduction of a Tennessean who dared to take up with a Missouri girl he met on the roof of a barn one sweltering day in August in 2003.

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