- 60 years old
- Date of birth: May 16, 1955
- Place of birth:
Thomasville, Georgia, United States
- Date of passing: Apr 1, 2016
- Place of passing:
Crystal River, Florida, United States
|Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally wore out shouting "HOLY SHIT... What a ride!"|
John Thomas Greene, Jr.
Big John passed away on April 1, 2016 with his family by his side at the Seven Rivers Hospital in Crystal River. Johnnie came into this world on May 16, 1955 in Thomaston, Ga., child of John Thomas Greene Sr. and Billie Ruth Greene. The Greene Family moved to Florida and eventually Ocala in during John’s youth. He studied cosmetology at CFCC. When he wasn’t doing hair and nails, he was living life to its fullest by flying planes, skydiving, building custom choppers and restoring classic cars to name only a few things. He will be remembered for his charismatic personality that never met a stranger and the hundreds of stories he told that will make him immortal.
Johnnie is survived by his son, John Greene III and his spouse Annie of Ocala; His daughter Morgan N. Greene of West Palm Beach; Four Sisters, Shirley Gunn Owenbrink of Port Orange, Angela “Beth” Blair of Ocala, Pennie Greene of Winter Haven, and Juanita Greene of Athens, Tn.
A celebration of Johnnie’s life will be held on Saturday April 16, 2016 5:00pm at Big John’s Hair Port located at Plaza 40 East Suite 26 in Inglis, Fl. His ashes will be scattered at one of the many memorable places he enjoyed during his life at a later date.
"Many years ago John gave me a beautiful diamond ring. I never knew why he gave me such a lovely and valuable gift, since we were really not that tight back in those days. Nevertheless I have kept and loved that ring for all these many years and John and I grew closer over the years as well..
Recently I have been hospitalized and had a couple of very close brushes with death. This fact and my age of 90 have caused some heavy thinking on my part as to final dispositions.
As a result, I have given this ring to Morgan Greene where I know it will continue to bring good memories of John and is part of his branch of our family.
May you wear it in good health and joy Morgan.
"Still miss you Big John! I haven't been by the 'Hairport' since you passed but I'll do that the next time I'm there and see how the staff does at haircuts. Probably not as good as you! Sorry you didn't get a chance to enjoy your Pontiac more. It made me want to get another 'classic'."
"I can't believe it's been a year! In that year Shirley & Juanita joined you.
May your eternal ride be exhilarating!! I love you"
"Happy Birthday Big bro.
You are sooo missed.
I love you <3"
"Big John will be greatly missed."
"My dear brother.....I want you to know that no matter what was going on in our lives, I always loved you.....I know you tried to look out for me, but with both of us being a Taurus, we butted heads quite a few times, that also comes with sibling love. But we still loved each other.
You taught me more in life than you know, for that I'm grateful.
I truly miss you & can't believe you're not here anymore.
I give you this rose to give to momma & believe me, I'm mad at you coz you got to see here 1st, so please give it to her tell her I love & miss her.
Ride that fat boy (even tho you don't have it anymore) thru those pearly gates.
God Speed my big burly teddybear brother."
"BIG JOHN WILL BE MISSED.
JERRY& JOYCE MILLER #15 CANNON OAKS"
"Thank you for being a Grizzly Bear! Wild, but compassionate! You taught me to love LIFE!"
"Johnny, you are one of a kind!
When you laughed, your laughter was contagious... When you loved, your love was passionate!
I will miss you, but I KNOW we will meet again! I love you"
"I'm so glad we met up at John and Annie's wedding. Got to share eating and talking together, and even a few hugs. We both left about the same time and got to share another "goodbye hug". I will remember that last hug "until we meet again"."
"Knew John from the late 70's - he was my hairdresser and my friend - the kind of friend you wouldn't see real often, and when you did in his shop or in the Food Ranch, it was as if you had parted the day before. Whenever I would see him we shared the love and pride of our children - he was so very proud of you, and loved you so much. He'll be missed, but was glad that I told him I loved him when he cut my hair in November. One of the greatest men I've ever known. Love you bunches man, Claudia and Mitch"
"I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning…to the end. He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years. For that dash represents all the time that they spent alive on earth. And now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth. For it matters not, how much we own, the cars…the house…the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash. So, think about this long and hard. Are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left that can still be rearranged. If we could just slow down enough to consider what’s true and real and always try to understand the way other people feel. And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before. If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile, remembering that this special dash might only last a little while. So, when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash…would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent YOUR Dash?
Farewell to our good friend Big John. Thank You for being our friend. Thank you for all your kind thoughts and the kind things you did for my wife. Thank you for taking my grandson Presley on his first motorcycle ride. So ride your Harley through the pearly white gates. Heaven needs a Gentle Giant, because us left here on earth are still missing you.
Love, Donnie & Dee"
"He will be missed by many, cut my hair from the time I was a little boy to the time I left for the military and trips home over the past 12 years. RIP Big John, and my condolences to the family!"
"Great experience to go to Hairport! Great guy and gave best haircut ever!!!! John is irreplacable!!!!"
"Big John gave me my first haircut when I moved to Inglis in 1999, my last haircut a few weeks ago and most of those in between. We became close and enjoyed each other’s company when we got together. In our conversations he often spoke about life after death. John chose life one day last year when we were together in his shop. That day he accepted the call of the Lord on his conscience and invited Jesus in. As great as his life was, his entrance into Heaven’s doors will bring Him joy beyond the earthly accomplishments. A joy he now has."
"John was a good friend of mine as well as my barber for many years, he was a true friend who was there when you needed him and I will sorely miss him, my condolences to his family.
Rest in peace my friend."
"Terribly sorry for the families loss. He was a good friend to me and will be sadly missed"
"Big John will be sorely missed. He was one hell of a barber and a nice guy. May you rest in peace Big John!!!"
"sorry about your loss he will be missed by all."
"I light a candle for the brightness you brought into everyone's life.
I love you my protective big bro."
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