Kenneth Greene

Kenneth Wayne Greene

Monday, September 6th, 1937 - Saturday, December 19th, 2020
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Kenneth Wayne Greene, passed away December 19, 2020 at the age of 83.

Memorial service: Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 11:00 a.m. at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington. A livestream will be available at

Kenneth was born September 6, 1937 in Texarkana, Texas and graduated salutatorian from Texas High School in 1955. He then enrolled at Abilene Christian University on a football scholarship and was a four year letterman before graduating in 1959 with degrees in Bible and Greek. He went on to earn a Masters degree in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1956, he married his high school sweetheart Carolyn Beth Lollar. Together, they raised three children and devoted their lives to Christian ministry and to education.

While serving as the pulpit preacher at Churches of Christ throughout Texas, he also coached football and taught Bible, at Navarro Jr. College, then at Fort Worth Christian and UTA. He traveled extensively to secure funding for the successful construction in 1965 of Chimala Mission Hospital in Tanzania, East Africa which has since grown to a 130 bed hospital, a primary school, a 350 acre farm and a school of preaching. In 1969, he was instrumental in starting Park Row Children’s Center which eventually expanded to include Park Row Christian Academy for grades 1-8. His sermon tracts were translated into numerous languages and distributed throughout the world by Mission Printing.

In 1974, he earned a PhD in Education Administration from the University of North Texas and made a career change to serve public schools. He became a published author writing books about education and also became a superintendent of several public school districts in Texas. He was active in the community serving on the local level as a member of Leadership Arlington, Arlington Initiative and Rotary Club, on the state level as a board member for the Texas PTA, and on the national level with the Reading Is Fundamental program. He also continued teaching masters level courses in Education Administration at UTA, Wayland Baptist University, and Lamar University. He was esteemed by his colleagues and was appreciated for his positive outlook, even temperament and witty sense of humor. He was a leader who was known for being kind and compassionate, quoting the old saying “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

After his retirement, he continued his passion for education, serving on the board at Park Row Children’s Academy, and substitute teaching at Fort Worth Christian School. He also taught multiple Bible classes at his church. He instilled in his children and grandchildren a strong work ethic, a solid faith in Christ and a positive outlook. He founded the Coach Robert Greene Memorial Scholarship Fund, which continues to provide college scholarships to high school students from Arlington. He loved to travel with his grandsons and kept them entertained with his endearing and fun-loving antics. He was a devoted husband, a loving father and grandfather, and a source of encouragement to those who knew him. He exemplified a life well lived.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his two sons, Robert Thomas Greene and David Wayne Greene.

He is survived by his wife of over 64 years Carolyn Lollar Greene, his sister Marcella Weyandt, his daughter Julie Greene Singleton and her husband Joel Singleton, and two beloved grandsons Nicholas Singleton and William Singleton, all from Arlington, Texas.

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Shannon Yost

Posted at 09:36am
I'm so very sorry for your loss! I had the pleasure of working with and talking to Dr. Greene as a client for many years while working with Northwestern Mutual. He always had a little joke or something witty to say. It was nice getting to know him. He will be missed.

Shannon Yost

John Norman

Posted at 07:58pm
I and my brothers had the privilege of growing up with the Greene siblings. I knew Kenneth as the dad of my best friend, as pulpit preacher, and as High School Vice Principal. He was loved and honored by his children. He helped make Arlington a better place to live for those of us who came in contact with Dr. Greene and his family or were exposed to his servant leadership in the community. David and Robert were good men reflective of the character of their dad and the way in which they were raised. There is rarely a day that I don't think fondly about David and Robert.

Julie and Carolyn - I regret not being able to attend the memorial due to recent hip arthroplasty. I pray you are comforted by knowing they are all reunited and joyful together awaiting the time when the rest of us come on along.

Billie Clark

Posted at 12:52pm
It was such an honor to have known Kenneth. I especially I enjoyed his teaching and humor on Sunday night small groups. He was always friendly and made you feel like he was truly interested in you.. He will be greatly missed. Prayers and hugs to the family, Billie Clark

Pamela Pace

Posted at 12:40pm
Will miss you
Peggy Hoover

Pamela Pace

Posted at 12:38pm
Will miss such a witty, compassionate man. Carolyn, I know you & Julie & your family will miss him more than anyone else. Linda & T.J. Walker

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