OAK RIDGE — Owner of Greene’s Cycle Shop; Retired Tennessee National Guard Member; World War II Veteran Carroll Reece Greene, 88, passed away September 12, 2011. Carroll was born September 27, 1922 and grew up in Eastern Tennessee. His parents, Dillard and Rosa Belle Greene, named him after Tennessee Republican Congressman, Carroll Reece, who served from 1921 to1961. In 1941, after graduating from Happy Valley High School in Elizabethton, Tenn., he was drafted into the U.S. Army, 5th Division, and sent to the European Theater, marching from North Africa to Italy. Upon being discharged in the Army in 1945 he returned home to Watauga and worked with his father as a carpenter and helped in the building of the John Sevier Hotel in Johnson City. In 1950 he answered an ad in the paper for a Millwright in the town of Oak Ridge. He worked in the Secret City at K-25 for nine years. He had always enjoyed motorcycling and racing and in 1954 he opened his own business selling and repairing motorcycles. He won the Tennessee State Championship Motorcycle Races three times on his British made 1955 Triumph 500. During the ’70s he became the only Honda Motorcycle dealership in Oak Ridge. Carroll was an avid hunter, fisherman, airplane pilot and snake wrangler. He was a 32nd degree Mason and member of the Shriners organization for over 50 years. He was a member of the Tennessee National Guard for 29 years where he was a mechanic repairing military vehicles, retiring in 1982 as First Sergeant. On March 17, 1966, Carroll married the lovely Shirley Stevens and they enjoyed 45 years of marriage and friendship together. Carroll will be greatly missed by his family and friends; he will be remembered by one and all for his sense of humor and wonderful stories about life in Tennessee.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Stevens Greene, daughter, Carol Rebecca Breaux, granddaughters, Andrea, Leah and Charlotte Breaux, stepson, James Towns and his family, and sister, Audrey Isaacs.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, September 15, at Weatherford Mortuary followed by a service at 7 p.m. with Dr. Don Long and Rev. Kenny Rains officiating. A graveside service will be held at Oak Ridge Memorial Park at 11 a.m. on Friday with full military honors provided by the Tennessee National Guard Honor Guard. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 4219 Hillsboro Road, Suite 306, Nashville, TN 37215. An online guest book can be signed at www.weatherfordmortuary.com. Weatherford Mortuary, Oak Ridge, (865) 482-2464, is in charge.