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Ernie Greene

Ernest Franklin Greene, 82, of Dunlap passed away Friday, April 27, 2012.

He was born August 18, 1929 in August, Georgia to Austin and Katrina Greene. He attended school in Harlem, Georgia and joined the U.S. Army. After serving his country in the Korean War, he began a successful, lifelong career in pest control, serving as a charter-founding member of the Chattanooga Area Pest Control Association and founding and operating Colonial Exterminating Company in Dunlap, where he made his home since 1980.

A member of Dunlap United Methodist Church, Mr. Greene served on its administrative board for several years. He also served as chairman of the board of the Sequatchie County Senior Citizens Center from 1997 until 2003, and as an active member of the Lions Club and Gideons Club. Among others, he was a valued and well-loved contributor to the entire Sequatchie County community.

His family and colleagues will always remember him as a true Southern gentleman who loved life and his family with complete devotion and told the best stories, always with a keen sense of humor. He was an accomplished cook and gardener and enjoyed cruising the world and traveling across the country with his wife, Maggie.

Mr. Greene had a heart for nature and enjoyed life with his wife on their 96-acre Greene Valley Farm in the Sequatchie Valley. He never let adversity stop him, meeting all life’s challenges with a positive attitude and teaching his children and grandchildren to do the same. He was a man who can never be replaced but will always be fondly remembered.

He is survived by his wife, Maggie Harwell Greene of Dunlap; sister, Rubye Wyatt of August, Georgia; children, Karen Greene, Jeffrey Greene, Philip Greene, Steven Swink, Thomas Swink Sr., Michael Swink and Katherine Swink; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 30.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mr. Greene’s memory to Dunlap United Methodist Church.

An online guestbook is at

Ewton Funeral Home of Dunlap was in charge of arrangements.

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