John Edward Greene

December 14, 1949 - May 23, 2017
John Edward Greene


John Edward “Swampy” Greene (b. 12/14/1949), of Leland, passed away at his home on May 23, 2017.

Johnny was preceded in death by his parents, William Calvin Greene and Mary Morgan Greene, his brother, Bill Greene, and his sister, Mary Alice Greene Watson. He is survived by two sisters, Doris Greene Hayes (Royal) and Kay Greene Grady (Kenneth), a brother, David Greene (Shelia), and a host of beloved nieces and nephews.

Despite suffering a physical disability at a young age, Johnny was fiercely independent and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He especially loved hunting with his friends at the Hood Creek Hunting Club, and fishing with his brothers and nephews. In his later years, Johnny had to give up a lot of his outdoor activities, but was always eager to hear about the adventures his family and friends were having.

One of Johnny’s greatest joys was hosting family gatherings at his home, full of love and laughter. He was certain to cook something really good, and even more certain to start a ‘cut-throat’ card game!

Johnny’s final wish was to have a private gathering of family and close friends at his home to honor his memory.

The family wishes to thank everyone who was a friend to Johnny. He loved you all and treasured your friendship.

In lieu of flowers, please consider giving a memorial gift to the charity of your choice .

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 525 Village Road Leland, NC 28451. 910-383-3511.


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  • May 25, 2017
    Jane Crowder says:
    Please accept our condolences in the passing of Johnny, May God wrap his loving arms around you all during this difficult time. Please let us now if here is anything we can do. Prayers for all, John and Jane Crowder

  • May 26, 2017
    Gregg Potter says:
    I am so sorry for your loss. May God help you through this. He has given us a tool to help. Its called 'time'. No, time won't erase the pain or the sadness you feel, but it will guide you back to better days through memory and love. Gregg

  • May 26, 2017
    Audrey Mintz says:
    Let me just say this leaves an empty space in my heart. Although we didn't see each other, we always had this thing about who beat who in wishing a happy birthday first.We were classmates that shared the same birthday. He beat me this past year! I am so sorry for your loss and and a loss it is, but he is having a better time with some of his hunting and fishing friends gone on before. No more pain, his last blueprint has been built! Rest in Peace, Johnny, you will not be forgotten!

  • May 26, 2017
    Carole Skipper says:
    Thinking of all of you at this time. Johnnie was someone I admired greatly.

  • May 26, 2017
    Lana says:
    No words express what I know you are experiencing at this time. I love all of you! I loved Johnny. I have many fond memories of playing cards with Johnny, Kaye, and Granny Morgan. The competition was "fierce"!!