Geraldine Greene was born on September 20th in Nyles, South Carolina to Hezekiah and Bertie Rhoades. She was the youngest of three children. At a young age her family relocated to New York City and finally settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her formal education in the Philadelphia Public School System.
Geraldine met and married Willie Greene on October 3, 1954 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Their love would be one filled with commitment and dedication. Every day they shared coffee and conversations about the life they had built and how happy they were. They never spent more than a few days apart and when they were not together, they filled the time apart talking on the phone. Upon retirement they relocated to Jacksonboro, South Carolina and built a place for their children and grandchildren to call home. The Mother
Geraldine and Willie raised five children together. The love she gave her children was one of unconditional and had no limits. When her children were younger, she would take her children to dinner, the movies and to visit her parents in South Philadelphia weekly when she got paid, this she did without fail. Geraldine had a unique and special relationship with each of her children and grandchildren making them feel like they were the favorite one. When you greeted her she’d always respond with a warm Hey darling and I’m fine and dandy.
Geraldine worked at the Bellevue Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia until she retired and moved down South. Her favorite pastime was time spent with her family and listening to Sade and Mary J. Blige and jazz. She was a woman of genuine charter. She never uttered a mean or malicious word to or about anyone and you could rest assure if you shared your most inner secrets with her, she would guard them with her heart never uttering a word. Geraldine loved the Lord with all her heart. She was a member of the Greater Calvary AME Church in Jacksonboro where she served as an usher. In her final days she found comfort in God’s love. On Wednesday, September 16th God whispered job well done and took her into his loving arms for eternal rest.
Geraldine was preceded in death by her parents Hezekiah and Bertie, siblings Hezekiah Jr. and Willamae.
She leaved to cherish her loving memory, husband Willie, her children, Paul (Facetta), Sharon, Kevin, Willie Jr., and Melvina (Mayo); Grandsons, Demetrius (Conchita), Kyle (Nazirah), Marquis, Trevon, Andre (Zaeria), Kevin Jr., Deji and Willie III; Granddaughters, Amber, Tiera and Jamilah. Great-Grandchildren, Kaylan, Kayla, Kehlani, Amoni and Zion and a host of relatives including in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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leave the Family a note of Condolence, light a candle of remembrance, or order a floral remembrance piece. Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whether I go ye know, and the way ye know. John 14:1-4
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