Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m. on Monday, May 16, at the Stephenville Funeral Home, located at 120 W. South Loop. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17 at the Indian Creek Cemetery in Erath County.
Frank was born on August 20, 1921 near El Paso, Texas to Lula Belle Slayton Kibler and Clarence “Bud” Green. He grew up in Terrell, Texas with his siblings Mildred Green Ray and George Washington Green. At the age of fourteen, Frank and George moved to Odessa, Texas, where over the next several decades, Frank made a life for himself. Frank married Katherine Webster and had two children, Larry Gene Green and Cynthia Jo Green Eyssen. In 1980, after five years of dating, he married Joyce Pruitt. Frank and Joyce became inseparable for the next forty years. Frank considered Joyce’s two daughters, Margaret DeFiore and Debby Chell, as his own.
Frank proudly served in the United States Navy, spending three years aboard the USS Lyra in the South Pacific during World War II. He was also a member of the American Legion.
Frank lived in Odessa for fifty years and was the recipient of many awards and accolades for his community involvement, including the Horatio Alger Award for Entrepreneurship from Odessa High School. He had a successful career as a restaurateur owning and operating several Odessa establishments, including The Green’s Restaurant, Green’s Hamburgers, Antlers Coffee Shop, and the West Texas landmark, The Barn Door Restaurant. Frank was honored by his peers and inducted into the Texas Restaurant Association Hall of Honor in 1995.
Frank bought his ranch, El Rancho Verde, near Stephenville, Texas in 1970. A successful rancher, Frank won the Best Absentee Rancher Award. He also won the Real Estate Award for fifty years of continuous business. Frank and Joyce made Stephenville their home for over thirty years.
Frank is predeceased by his parents, his sister, brother, and his infant son, Frank Eugene Green, Jr. Frank is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, all who adored him.
Memorials may be made to West Texas Rehabilitation Center 4601 Hartford St, Abilene, TX 79605.