Funeral Arrangements Set For Man Killed While Saving Son From Falling Branch

By: Heather King/ Christine Kennedy
By: Heather King/ Christine Kennedy

A father, a husband and a hero. That is how those close to William Green describe him.

Wednesday evening a viewing was held for the man many called 'Bud'.

Hugs comforted loves one as many gathered at Wilkerson's Funeral Home in Greenville Wednesday.

William Green lost his life on Fathers Day when a tree branch killed him.

His family says -- he gave his life to save his 4 year old son.

Green threw his son, Justin to safety just seconds before the tree branch landed on him during an outing in the Tar River Sunday Afternoon.

Green spent 28 years as an auto mechanic at Bob Barbour Honda in Greenville.

Barry Gurkins, a life-long friend says Bud Green will be missed.

The funeral for William "Bud" Green will be held on Thursday at Wilkerson's Funeral Home at 4 P.M.

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Funeral arrangements have been announced for a man who lost his life while trying to save his son from a falling tree branch.

William Green known to many as "Bud" died Sunday afternoon. There will be a viewing of Green's body on Wednesday from 7-9 PM at Wilkerson's Funeral home in Greenville. The funeral is Thursday at 4pm at Wilkerson's.

There's been a fund set up to help green's kids. You can send donation to Bank of America in the name of Teresa Green.

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Tearful family members say a dad pushed his son out of the way of a falling tree branch and was killed when the branch hit him.

The freak accident happened when the Green Family of Belvoir was in the sandbar in the Tar River at Port Terminal Rd., which is off Highway 33 in Greenville. It happened at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Family members tell WITN that William "Bud" Green was killed when a large tree branch fell on to him, just seconds after he pushed his 4-year-old son Justin out of the way.

The family says East Care responded to the scene but could not save Green.

Green worked for many years as a mechanic at Bob Barbour Honda and out of his home in Belvoir. Green is survived by his wife and four sons. He was 46 years old.


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  • by jonathan ayers Location: greenville n.c on Apr 27, 2010 at 10:23 AM
    i love him so good his stof is gone love u bud
  • by chris Location: greenville on Jan 23, 2010 at 12:50 PM
    uncle bud meant a lot to me he loved that boat it was so sad to see him die on that boat he still had a lot of life in him i can belive he would save his son and my cousin it was so sad when i heard he had died at the hospital i just want you to know nothing would make me happyer to see uncle bud again
  • by brandon green Location: greenville on Aug 3, 2009 at 08:53 PM
    bud made me the boy i am today.uncle bud taught me how to ride my first dirt bike a how to shoot my first gun and touaght me how to work on anything uncle bud and ant teresa was my 2 set of parents and i had two houses no matter what and bud loved his firebird he give anthing in the world for that car and he had a second family two the boys at bob bubar were and his son and my dad worked side by side i know he wasint ready to go but he loved his boy I know what he was think my boy aint go to get hit by an old tree but me and him were real close if it was enybody in that situwatian he would have pushed you out the way . he loved is parents and every body and he told me help every body and love every body just hate there ways so uncle bud youre my light that guides me the way have fun in a better place called your new home
  • by jonathan ayers Location: greenville on Jul 9, 2009 at 02:38 PM
    i love bud he was a good man
  • by chris Location: greenville on Jul 5, 2009 at 01:12 PM
    Uncle BUD was like a father to me because I saw him every weekend at twin lakes camping resort me and uncle bud were realy close he was the best uncle any body could ever have.
  • by t Location: 7 springs on Jun 28, 2009 at 02:23 AM
    this world needs more like Mr Green. God bless him and his family
  • by JOJO on Jun 27, 2009 at 03:23 PM
    God bless. It takes a hecka of a man to give his life to save someone else.I feel he would done it for anyone. RIP.
  • by Chad Location: Greenville on Jun 24, 2009 at 04:18 PM
    I worked with Bud for the last eight years. His contributions as a co-worker and friend will be sorely missed but never forgotten. Bud will be remebered as many things by many people. He will be remembered as a loving father, husband, brother and friend. His love for his family was always evident in our conversations. No one could ever doubt his love and devotion as a father. Thank you Bud for making this world a better place by having been here and thank you for letting me share in that.
  • by sam Location: greenville on Jun 24, 2009 at 03:23 PM
    Bud is my dad, i miss so much i know ur in a better place now dont worry about mom and the boys i will take care of them and give them what u want me to daddy i love you so much thanks for makeing me a man and who i am today i hope ur toteing the wheels in heaven i love so much
  • by Moderators Nightmare on Jun 24, 2009 at 03:18 PM
    Sounds like a first class gentleman, and father. Condolences to the family, and friends.
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