“Well you know, there’s one thing that Bob thought was important and he kept bringing up and it’s kind of a crazy thing,” said Thomas. “They killed an elephant down in Dean Bottoms, a circus elephant. And Bob always wanted us to try and figure out how to make an elephant and display that elephant somewhere in Centerville to tell the story about the elephant on Dean Bottoms. Now he knew where the elephant was buried, and he always wanted that elephant. That’s always struck us as a little funny about Bob. I think the BOB group is sending flowers and I think there will be an elephant included.”
Greene’s family also knew him as a unique individual who deeply cared about Centerville and its citizens.
“I didn’t get to come up that often cause it’s quite a distance,” said Rodgers. “Whenever we would come up he was always involved in something. He always had these ideas. It was always something to help Centerville. There’s something really special about this town and he loved it.”
No matter how busy he was though, he also enjoyed keeping family traditions alive.
“We just got done making two batches of peanut brittle which is something that his dad, our grandpa Wylo Greene, made and everybody just loved it and that’s something, a tradition, that Uncle Bob continued,” said Greene’s niece Denise Howe. “Every Christmas he would make peanut brittle and the last four or five years I’ve been fortunate enough to make it with him because I’m here local. Glenn’s from Ohio and so now that Glenn is here, he and I just made two batches of peanut brittle in memory of Uncle Bob and we’re going to take it to the VFW tomorrow.”
“Things never meant much to him, but people did,” said Rodgers. “And relationships and he loved this town and he wanted to see it grow...wanted to see new industry, new jobs and he just wanted to bring it up as far as it could possibly go. He loved this area.”
“He just wanted things to be better,” said Thomas.