Green, Flavius L. “Wilkie”

Retired Teacher And Coach Held Long Career At Chattanooga State

  • Tuesday, June 11, 2024
Flavius L. “Wilkie” Green
Flavius L. “Wilkie” Green

Flavius L. “Wilkie” Green, 81, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2024.

Wilkie was born in Whitwell, Tennessee, on Oct. 26, 1942, and lived in Chattanooga for 73 years.

During high school, Wilkie fought and won several fights in the Golden Gloves Open Division-Feather Weight.

Wilkie went to Lee College (Lee University) from 1961-1963. During his time at Lee, he was a member of Pioneers for Christ. He spent a summer in Arizona on the border of Mexico teaching and proclaiming Christ as our savior. He then graduated from University of Chattanooga (UTC) in 1965. He received a Masters Degree of Education from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in 1970.

Wilkie was a retired teacher and coach. His first teaching and coaching job was at West Side High School in Dalton, GA (1965-1966). He taught and coached football and track at Hixson Jr. High School (1966-1977). During his tenure he never had a losing football season and won many championships. He also coached football and track and field at Chattanooga Central High School (1977-1981). He spent several years as a financial advisor.

Wilkie taught P.E., Health and Wellness at Chattanooga State Community College for 22 years. He was instrumental in setting up courses online. He also served as interim athletic director.

Mr. Green lived a full life as husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He loved God, his family, his church, and his fellow man. He was an active member of Redemption Point Church in Ooltewah. He served in the church on several boards (local and state), sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and other tasks within the church. He loved sports, traveling, and music.

Wilkie was preceded in death by his mother, Gladys Johnson Green; father, Flavius Arthur Green; and stepmother, Elsie Parton Green.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 58 years, Shirley Head Green; daughter, Susan (Brian) Hartsell of Clemson, SC; daughter, Sharon (Travis) Ballinger of Harrison; Flavius Lee (Kara) Green Jr. of Signal Mountain; grandchildren, Hamilton (Kasey) Hartsell, Alaina Hartsell, Alyssa Ballinger, Thad Ballinger, Kaylea Green, Isaac Green, and Joseph Green; great grandchildren, Ashlyn Cooper, Corbin Cooper, Waylon Cooper, and Tripp Hartsell; sisters, Etta Jane (Burl) Kanipes and Nancy (Jerry) Eldridge; stepsister, Joyce Sheridan Ogle; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 12, from 4-8 p.m. and Thursday, June 13, from 12-1 p.m. at Redemption Point Church, 3831 Ooltewah Ringgold Road, Ooltewah, Tn. 37363. The funeral service will be at the church on Thursday at 1 p.m. with Bishop Travis Ballinger and Bishop Mike Chapman officiating. Interment will follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens, Hixson.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Redemption Point Christian Academy, 3831 Ooltewah Ringgold Road, Ooltewah, Tn. 37363 in Wilkie’s memory.

Arrangements are under the care of the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson. Please share your thoughts and memories at www.chattanooganorthchapel.com

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