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Earl M. “Squirrley” Green

Posted By obits On January 7, 2020 @ 12:27 pm In Obituaries,Outer Banks | 33 Comments

Earl Myers “Squirrley” Green died Sunday, January 5, 2020; he was 96 years old.

He was born January 12, 1923, at the old Roanoke Hotel in Manteo.  He was the son of Jasper Earl Green and Ella Mae Jones Green and was the third of three boys.  One of his first visitors was Mrs. Clara Tarkington, who upon seeing him, remarked that he was “no bigger than a baby squirrel,” giving him the nickname by which he was fondly called by all who knew him, although he always introduced himself as Earl Green.

In 1937, at the age of 13, he began working at Fearing’s Drug Store as a “sweet water chemist” and later with Roanoke Utilities after school and during summers.  He also worked for The Lost Colony during its inaugural season selling seat cushions to visitors coming to see the show.

He graduated from Manteo High School in 1941 and was a member of the school’s first football team in 1939 under Coach A.O. Ayers.   After graduation he worked for Fearing’s full time until he enlisted in the US Coast Guard in March 1943, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, father, and two brothers.  He had tours of duty at Manhattan Beach in New York City, Nags Head, and journeyed through the Panama Canal to be stationed at Pearl Harbor.  At Nags Head, he helped maintain the government telephone lines that ran from Oregon Inlet to Caffey’s Inlet.  At Pearl Harbor Squirrley served on the Ochlockonee 33, a tanker, transporting aviation fuel to air bases in Hawaii and surrounding islands in the Pacific.  He was honorably discharged from the Coast Guard as a coxswain in March 1946.  He rejoined Fearing’s after his Coast Guard discharge.  In 1957 he joined Vepco, which had purchased Roanoke Utilities.  He retired in August 1984 as customer service supervisor.

He married Stella Martin Creef on October 28, 1951 at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church.  They had two daughters Lynn Martin Green and Janet Susan Green.  He and Stella enjoyed traveling after his retirement, both in the US and overseas.

He was a member of Mount Olivet UMC and the Men’s Bible Class.  In 1950, he was a charter member of the Manteo Lions Club and had continuous service until he moved to Greensboro in 2009.  He was also a Master Mason for over 60 years with the Manteo Masonic Lodge #521, and a member of the Sudan Temple.  Squirrley was a devoted supporter of The Lost Colony.  He was involved each season, until he moved to Greensboro, primarily through the Lions Club concession stand, in which he worked most Saturday nights.  He always enjoyed helping with the fish fry meals for the cast members.

For his community involvement, Squirrley received the Outstanding Citizen Award, along with his wife, Stella, at Dare Days on June 7, 1997.  His last visit to his beloved Dare County was in January 2010 for his 87th birthday celebration with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Stella C. Green, his parents, Jasper and Ella Green, his two brothers Jasper D. Green and sister-in-law Josephine Green, and Edward T. Green and sister-in-law Ann Green, nephew Jasper J. “Jack” Green.  He is survived by his daughters Lynn Green Gardner and husband William R. Gardner, III, Janet G. Rosie and husband Thomas A. Rosie, three grandchildren, Lauren R. Atkinson and husband Craig, Kristen R. Barnes and husband Daniel, and Katherine Gardner, as well as one great-grandchild Colton R. Williams, half-brother Hollis Green and wife, Marj, nieces Carol G. Richards, Patricia G. Cilimberg, and Jean R. Green, nephew Edward Earl Green and wife Gayle, as well as numerous great-nephews and nieces.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, January 13, 2020, at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church with Rev. Matt Seals officiating. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. The family will receive friends and relatives Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo. Private entombment will take place at Roanoke Island Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, PP Box 787, Manteo, NC 27954, the Roanoke Island Historical Association 1409 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC, 27954, or The Manteo Lions Club, 1000 Westcott Park Road, Manteo, NC 27954.

Family members wish to add our special thanks to Brighton Gardens of Greensboro and Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro for their special care of “Mr. Squirrley”, their love and support.

Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories can be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.

Twiford Funeral Home (Outer Banks)

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Manteo, NC 27954
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Condolence from Michaelene Sawyer on January 7th, 2020 12:35 pm

Squirrley was such a joy. He worked with John L for years in the VEPCO office in Manteo. After retirement we heard he would drive to Manns Harbor and around back to Manteo. He had a dry sense of humor just fun to be around.

Condolence from Thomas M.Fearing on January 7th, 2020 3:12 pm

Lynn and Janet so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing,Squirrely was one of our icons that seem to be dwindling away day by day.As to the many references to Fearing’s, it was my pleasure to observe and hear Dad and he heckle each other and tell about the old days,running bread and ice cream working on the power plant before it was sold to Vepco.My thoughts are with you and with Earl and Stella Woodie ,Pat,Keith,and Mollie for they have gone on before us in their Final March.Peace and love,Tom Fearing

Condolence from Marcia Sawyer Bryant on January 7th, 2020 3:46 pm

I loved Squirrelly … he was always smiling and joking. He was also everywhere! He was quite the community and church personality. In later years I’d see him at the Motor Co where he visited twice a day. I have fond memories of him and what it meant just to know he was around and would do anything to help you. I know he’s present with the Lord!

Condolence from Jan Bullock Horton on January 7th, 2020 3:49 pm

So sorry to hear this Lynn and Janet he will be missed but lived a long and fulfilling life. Please accept my family’s sympathies.

Condolence from Petie Brigham and Lynn Atkins on January 7th, 2020 4:15 pm

Dear Janet and Lynn and all your family,
We were lucky to become your Mom and Dad’s neighbors on their namesake Greens Drive in Manteo in 1997. Having looked at zillions of homes in many locations on the OBX, we just happened to stumble upon the new listing of the house we bought. What a stroke of LUCK! First of all, Manteo — thank God, a real street, a real neighborhood in a real town! We loved your Dad and Mom from the beginning, and always enjoyed seeing them out and about, your Dad mowing the grass along the road, your Mom taking her walks down the road to the cul de sac and back in her HIGH HEELS. Wow! We cannot express how at home we felt here! We have so often thought of petitioning Dare County to change the name of the street to “Squirrely and Stella Drive” because it was a street of their making and so “them”. It felt very rural then, was still mostly woods, only five houses, and just the most beautiful place we could have imagined moving to, with wonderful neighbors. We and the Huddlestons are the only ones left now from when your folks were still here.
We were honored to be among those to attend Squirrely’s last visit home here, for his 87th birthday party, and we have always missed his smiling presence on our dear little quiet hidden Greens Drive. We were sorry he had to live away from here, but knew he needed constant care and to be near you, Lynn and Janet, and we knew how deeply he missed his Stella after her passing and was lonely for her. I hope his last years were gentle, and I know he is now happy to be reunited with Stella and his other loved ones who went before him. But he has been missed in Manteo, and will always be remembered as a good and smiling man!
Wishing peace to all he leaves behind,
Petie Brigham and Lynn Atkins

Condolence from Joe Huddleston on January 7th, 2020 5:01 pm

Rest in deserved peace, Squirrelly. You will live forever in our memories of living on Greens Drive in Manteo . Countless chats and stories with you and Stella as well as the girls have enriched our lives .
Joe and Kathy Huddleston

Condolence from Mary Jolliff More on January 7th, 2020 5:02 pm

Lynn Martin and Janet Susan, and your families, I have just “shed a tear” over reading this. BJ called me on her break because she had seen this on FB. I loved Squirrely and Stella, and love y’all. Wish I could be there for the service I didn ‘t know that “Catta” Tarkington was the reason he was called that. I know you girls were always close to your folks, and I’m proud of you for that. I know you have lots of memories and your faith in God to hold you on the right road. I pray you weather this, your latest loss, with love and patience with yourselves and each other. 96! WOW! Nobody can come close to that, can they? Y’all have been the ideal family, staying close to each other. I envy that. Said that already, didn’t I? Love, Mary

Condolence from Faye Lewark Daniels on January 7th, 2020 5:25 pm

My thoughts are with you and your family at this time; may your memories bring you comfort.

“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” ~~ Eskimo Proverb

Condolence from Eddie Twyne on January 7th, 2020 5:48 pm

I’m so sorry to hear this sad news, my thoughts and prayers are with the family and many friends of Mr. Squirrley. He was a Dare Country fixture and will be missed.

Condolence from Diana Ramsey on January 7th, 2020 7:01 pm

So sorry to hear of his passing. He lived behind my mother who lived on Wingina and they were so close. He will be so missed.

Condolence from Charlotte Dixon on January 7th, 2020 7:04 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Mr Squirrelly’s passing. I have such wonderful memories of him and your family being my grandparents neighbors. Your Mom and Dad were so loved by Dorcas and Calvin. It was a different time in which neighbors visited and cared for each other. His quick smile and wit will never be forgotten.
Janet and Lynn you will be in my prayers.

Condolence from Hunt Thomas on January 7th, 2020 9:25 pm

Janet and Lynn –
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. I will cherish the fond memories of you dad especially in the Lions Club. When I joined the club in 1996 he was part of the Saturday night crew. He taught me so much since as he said I had been a “Colony Backstage Boy” for years before joining the club and needed to know how the stands worked. Over the years really enjoyed our Saturday nights together. Of course he loved the Colony fish Fry’s and getting to know the cast treating them as one of his own. (Janet he knew how much you enjoyed being in the show) When it came time for the Lions Club Birthday Calendar drive I think he was the one that “hit” everyone on the island to get their birthday. He will be greatly missed and he definatley was a “Keeper of the Dream” and he will be remembered.

Condolence from Hunt Thomas on January 7th, 2020 9:26 pm

Janet and Lynn –
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. I will cherish the fond memories of your dad especially in the Lions Club. When I joined the club in 1996 he was part of the Saturday night crew. He taught me so much since as he said I had been a “Colony Backstage Boy” for years before joining the club and needed to know how the stands worked. Over the years really enjoyed our Saturday nights together. Of course he loved the Colony fish Fry’s and getting to know the cast treating them as one of his own. (Janet he knew how much you enjoyed being in the show) When it came time for the Lions Club Birthday Calendar drive I think he was the one that “hit” everyone on the island to get their birthday. He will be greatly missed and he definatley was a “Keeper of the Dream” and he will be remembered.

Condolence from Sheila Golden on January 8th, 2020 3:29 am

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Linda & George Pearce, Manteo, NC on January 8th, 2020 3:37 am

George and I have missed him and often attempted to find out how he was doing. Response has always been that his girls were taking good care of him. I think of him every time I walk past his favorite corner table at Darrell’s. Such a fine and much loved man. He and Stella were wonderful people and our family was blessed to know them.

Condolence from Bridgett G. Andresen on January 8th, 2020 6:33 am

Lynn and Janet,
Please accept my condolences on the passing of your Dad. Always remember him from our high school days as a kind and gentle man. My brother now lives in the neighborhood that is known for your parents. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this painful time.

Condolence from Dick Denton on January 8th, 2020 9:21 am

My sympathy to the family and all those who were blessed to have him as a friend. He lived a long full life filled with many good memories. One of my favorite stories was told to me about 35 years ago when I transferred here with the telephone company. It seems this lady from north of the Mason Dixon line moved to Dare County and went to the Vepco office to apply for service. She was expecting it the same day. She asked for the manager and Squirrelly told her that was not possible. She stormed out and went to the telephone office. She asked for the manager. Popeye Daniels also told her that was not possible. As she was leaving, she turned around and said, ” with managers named Squirrelly and Popeye, it is no wonder utilities down here are in such bad shape” I will miss him and his always pleasant smile.

Condolence from April Sawyer Coneys on January 8th, 2020 9:27 am

Mr. Squirrley always had a smile on his face and would make sure you did too if you ran into him! He is part of my memories growing up at Mt. Olivet and I always enjoyed seeing him at the motor company where he could be found shooting the breeze many afternoons. My thoughts are with your family! He was a special man!

Condolence from Kenny & Sandy Midgett on January 8th, 2020 11:00 am

Mr. Squirrely was one of the kindest and happiest people that I have ever had the pleasure to meet. His smiling face brought joy to myself and many others around Manteo. What a blessing to have known him.

Our deepest condolences to his family.

Condolence from Patricia Green Cilimberg on January 8th, 2020 11:03 am

My uncle Earl (Squirley) we always called him that. He was my “fun” uncle. I remember walking down a sandy road to Fearings drug store for a Co-cola made behind the fountain. We would visit Manteo to see my my grandmother Miss Ella and spend a lot of time with Uncle Earl and Miss Stella. Many memories of Manteo in the late 40’s and 50’s. Rest in Peace my uncle Earl. I loved you. Patty

Condolence from Dr. W.J. and Carol Adams on January 8th, 2020 11:27 am

We offer our sincere condolences to you and your families. We thought the world of Stella and Squirrley.
They were such wonderful people (both of them) to everyone in Dare County. Heaven has another angel.

Condolence from Sandy Harden Matthews on January 8th, 2020 1:09 pm

Sending thoughts and prayers to all of you!! Your parents were the first folks that welcomed our family to the Outer Banks many years ago. When I heard the news I knew that Stella, Keith F., and my Dad were rejoicing to see your Dad!! Your Dad was a wonderful man and never knew a stranger! Welcome home good and faithful servant!!!

Condolence from Juanita Midgette Hepler on January 8th, 2020 2:48 pm

Squirrely and my dad, Milton (Buddy) Midgette were childhood friends who apparently found lots of mischief to get into around Manteo back in the old days. More recently, I can picture Squirrely stopping his car in the middle of Wingina Street to reminesce with Dad whenever he would see Dad sitting on the porch of the old house. Dad lived in Norfolk after he retired from the Coast Guard, but he and Squirrely remained friends throughout their lives. Even after Squirrely moved to Greensboro Dad often spoke of him with great concern and affection. I’ll bet they’re together in Heaven, catching up on 90+ years of friendship. I grew up knowing Squirrely was one of Dad’s special friends. I offer my sincere sympathy to Squirrely’s family. No matter how old they are or how well we prepare for the inevitable, it’s still hard to lose a parent. You are in my prayers.

Condolence from Holly Meekins Williams on January 8th, 2020 5:32 pm

Lynn and Janet and families — You are in my thoughts and prayers in the loss of your father. He had a thousand watt smile which he shared with everyone. It was a privilege to know him. Sincere sympathies.

Condolence from Beth Ownley Cooper on January 9th, 2020 4:14 pm

I have fond memories of Mr. Squirrelly and his warm smile at Mt. Olivet UMC. Praying God will comfort you all as you remember your dad.

Condolence from Eddie L Simmons on January 10th, 2020 4:19 pm

Thoughts and prayers to the family

Condolence from Linda McCown on January 10th, 2020 5:10 pm

Lynn and Janet, I am so sorry for your loss and prayers are being sent your way. He was such a wonderful man, always a smile on his face. I remember He was always the one to call when the power went out and he never seemed to mind!

Condolence from Karen and Carl Hogan on January 10th, 2020 6:14 pm

Lynn and Janet, I was saddened to hear of your loss. You and your families are in my prayers.

Condolence from Joann Ball on January 10th, 2020 11:35 pm

So sorry for your loss, he will truly be missed.

Condolence from Richard Burrus on January 11th, 2020 2:05 pm

Over the past 20 years, it was an honor and pleasure to serve you no matter where I was working. You were kind, easy going, with a dry sense of humor. I enjoyed our conversations about old Dare Co. and the history you shared. Thank you for always having a smile and showing kindness to everyone in your path.

Condolence from Jackie Tillett on January 12th, 2020 10:42 pm

Lynn and Janet, deepest sympathy on the loss of your Dad. I have fond memories of both your parents and your front porch. And to live to be almost a century!
You’re in my thoughts.

Condolence from Michael Stick on January 12th, 2020 11:57 pm

Lynn and Janet, I am so sorry to learn of your loss. Your father was a truly wonderful man. As a goofy teenager hanging around your home during high school, he always treated me and others with kindness, patience, and a smile. I will always have fond memories of your father. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Suzy Wescott on January 14th, 2020 11:01 am

My Dad “Smiley” Colon Wayne Wescott adored your Dad and I have fond memories of being little and them visiting with each other. My Dad went on to Glory 6 years ago, maybe they are visiting now.

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