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In Memory Of Our Poets

Emma Russell Helms (Green) (1923-2013) - Class Of 1941

Emma Russell "Russ" Green passed away January 22, 2013. She was born in Butler County, Alabama, May 4th, 1923 to Nolan and Bettie Helms.

Mrs. Green was preceded in death by:

  • Her husband of 52 years, the late Gam Green
  • Her brothers
    • Nolan Helms, Jr.
    • Frank Helms
  • Her sisters
    • Alice Claire Butler
    • Betty Lane Ivey
    • Lee McNeese
    • Jane Marie Garner

Mrs. Green is survived by:

  • Her sons
    • Carey Green and his wife Judy
    • Perry Green and his wife Dot
    • Dewey Green
    • Johnny Green and his wife Mary Beth
    • Her "adopted son" Luciano Silvestri of Padova, Italy
  • Her brothers
    • Joe Ed Helms and his wife Susan
    • John Alvin Helms and his wife Pam
  • Her brother-in-law, Pat (Sandy) Garner
  • Her sister-in-law, Cathrine Helms
  • Eight grandchildren
    • Andrea Griffith (Trent)
    • Robin Amesbury (Chris)
    • Trey Green (Ashleigh)
    • Heather Bunn (Michael)
    • Mary Ivy Cost (Brian)
    • David Russell Green (Lindsay)
    • Mary Kathryn Rhodes (Aaron)
    • Taylor Green
  • 16 great-grandchildren

Russ graduated from Sidney Lanier High School with the Class of 1941 in Montgomery, Alabama and attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery. In 1945 Russ married Gam Green of Troy  and was his partner in the day to day operation of Green's Drug Store in Troy, Alabama.

Russ was active in the Troy Charity League, City Recreation Department and the PTA of Troy City Schools.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Troy for over 50 years years where she was a Sunday school teacher, a Training Union teacher, a leader in the WMU and a Sunday school director. She was also a member and Sunday school teacher at Old Lebanon Baptist Church in her retirement years.

The pallbearers will be Taylor Green, Aaron Rhodes, Trey Green, Chris Amesbury, David Green, Brian Cost, Michael Bunn and Perry Bunn.

Visitation is at Dillard Funeral Home from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday January 24. The funeral is Friday at 2:00 pm on Friday January 25 at the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home with burial following at Green Hills Cemetery.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to:

Hospice Advantage of Troy
PO Box 965
Troy, AL 36081

or Gideon's International.

Arrangements by Dillard Funeral Home, Troy Alabama, 36081, 334-566-1720

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Published in the Montgomery Advertiser on January 24, 2013