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!"
  • 60 years old
  • Born on May 16, 1955 in Thomasville, Georgia, United States.
  • Passed away on April 1, 2016 in Crystal River, Florida, United States.

“Big John”

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.

Posted by Shelly Mileti on September 22, 2018
I miss you dearly Big brother. There's not a week that goes by that something reminds me of you. Our talks and laughs are missed dearly.
Posted by Yvonne (Candy) Leonard on June 9, 2017
Some of the time, I can deal with your death. I can hold back the tears and accept that you’re gone.I force myself to believe the cliche words that get thrown around, about how only the good die young and how God takes His favorites first. About how it was your time and how everything happens for a reason.
But sometimes, that silver linings attitude fades away and all I can feel is anger. Hurt. Betrayal. I’m sorry that I can’t be strong all the time. That there are days when I question my faith. Days when I hate the world and every person inside of it. Days when I’m bitter about the way life turned out. I’m sorry that I can’t walk around with unflinching hope when I know how shitty this world is. I’m sorry I’m not perfect. I’m sorry I carry so much anger inside. I’m pissed, because you left your family behind. You left people who still needed your love, your voice, your hugs, your kisses. People who cared about you more than they cared about themselves. People who would do anything to have one more minute with you. I’m pissed, because I keep seeing these shitty people running around without a care in the world, living for decades longer than you had the chance to. Because the goodness in your heart should have earned you more days, months, years. I’m pissed, because you deserved better. You deserved to celebrate more milestones. You deserved to see the people around you grow up. You deserved to grow old yourself and pass away peacefully in your sleep after ninety years of living your best life. I’m pissed, because it’s not fair. That sounds whiny to say, childish, selfish but it’s the truth. What happened to you wasn’t fair. What happened to your family wasn’t fair. Nothing about your death was fair. I miss you. And I hate that I miss you, because I shouldn’t have to. I should be able to call you up. I should be able to knock on your door. I should be able to see you face-to-face anytime I want. You should still be here, right now, sending me texts to ask how I’ve been doing. You should still be here, right now, giving me a reason to laugh instead of cry. You should still be here, right now, alive and well. No matter how many cliches are thrown at me about how only the good die young, no matter how many of those sayings I choose to believe to find some semblance of comfort, I will always believe that your death was bullshit. I will always believe that there was some sort of mistake, that you didn’t deserve it. I will always believe that you deserved so much more and we deserved to live the end our life together as planned, full circle. My heart and soul will always carry this empty hole. My love, my best friend.
Posted by Pennie Greene on May 16, 2017
Happy Birthday Big John!! Enjoy your eternal wings!! I love you
Posted by Yvonne (Candy) Leonard on May 16, 2017
Happy Birthday baby. You are so missed here on earth. I know you are celebrating with your sisters in your heavenly mansion. I love you so and I hold you in my heart.
Posted by Carole Wyckoff on April 29, 2017
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.

Grandma Carole.

Posted by Ken Hodges on April 2, 2017
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'.
Posted by Pennie Greene on April 1, 2017
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
Posted by Juanita Greene on May 16, 2016
Happy Birthday Big bro.
You are sooo missed.
I love you <3
Posted by Juanita Greene on May 2, 2016
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.
Posted by Addison Laurent on May 2, 2016
Big John will be greatly missed.
Posted by Roy & Bertha Knox on April 22, 2016
Posted by Pennie Greene on April 20, 2016
Thank you for being a Grizzly Bear! Wild, but compassionate! You taught me to love LIFE!
Posted by Pennie Greene on April 19, 2016
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
Posted by Claudia/Mitch Baldwin on April 15, 2016
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
Posted by Carole Wyckoff on April 15, 2016
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".
Posted by Donald Sotir on April 14, 2016
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
Posted by Jane Davis on April 13, 2016
Great experience to go to Hairport! Great guy and gave best haircut ever!!!! John is irreplacable!!!!
Posted by Tj Bible on April 13, 2016
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!
Posted by Ken Hodges on April 13, 2016
Big John will be sorely missed. He was one hell of a barber and a nice guy. May you rest in peace Big John!!!
Posted by Shelly Mileti on April 13, 2016
Terribly sorry for the families loss. He was a good friend to me and will be sadly missed
Posted by Sterling Partin on April 13, 2016
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.
Posted by Bob Allen on April 13, 2016
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.
Posted by Roy & Bertha Knox on April 11, 2016
sorry about your loss he will be missed by all.
Posted by Juanita Greene on April 10, 2016
I light a candle for the brightness you brought into everyone's life.
I love you my protective big bro.

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