Robert Gary Green

Thursday, February 19, 1953 - Monday, May 8, 2023

Deeply Cherished

Photo of Robert Gary Green  - 1953-2023

Mr. Robert Gary Green, a gentleman dedicated to his family and community, passed away to his heavenly home on May 8, 2023, at the age of 70.  Mr. Green was born in Buncombe County and had been a resident of Haywood County most of his life.  He was the son of the late Reverend Van H. Green and the late Mrs. Lucy Davis Green. 

Robert was a member of the Pisgah Senior High School graduating class of 1971, where he made a number of lifelong friends. He continued his formal education at Haywood Community College where he received a degree in management.  Robert continued to follow his given talent in graphics and graphic design throughout his career, having been employed with, The PrintHaus, Clark Communications, GP Graphics, The Mountaineer, and The Enterprise, and later retired as an operations manager with Appalachian Antique Hardwoods.

Extremely dedicated to his community, Robert graciously served his community as a volunteer with the Cruso Fire and Rescue for a number of years. A devout Christian, Robert was a longtime member of East Fork Baptist Church and enjoyed spending time with his church family and the activities surrounding his church. 

In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his brother, Douglas Van Green.

Those left to embrace the wonderful memory of Robert are his beloved wife, Linda Burnette Green; their cherished daughter, Amethyst Privett and her husband Brandon Privett; his precious grandchildren, Mia and Roman; his niece, Melissa Rathbone; his nephews, Anthony Green and Shannon Green; and several special great nieces and nephews. 

To honor the life of Mr. Robert Green, a funeral service will be held on Friday, May 12, 2023, at 2:00 in the afternoon at East Fork Baptist Church, Canton, N.C. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.  The Reverend Mark Tice and the Reverend Greg Cullen will officiate. Special music will be provided by Aaron Putnam, vocalist; and Laura Barton, pianist. Burial will follow the service at New Cruso Cemetery, Canton, NC.  Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Cruso Fire and Rescue Department.

As a special tribute to Robert, the family requests that any memorials be made to Cruso Fire and Rescue  13264 Cruso Road   Canton, NC  28716.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Green family.


Condolences from family and friends

Linda, Amethyst, and other family members, it is such a sad event to have to say good-bye to a loved one, especially a husband and a father. We know Robert was a good man. A man who held on to his strong Christian faith, loved his church, community, and very much so loved his family. Prayers are with you today and in the days ahead as you find your way through life without him. God will guide you and wrap His arms tightly around you. With love, Gary and Connie Allen
Gary and Connie Allen
Robert was a awesome guy and a great friend I cherish our friendship while I was with the fire department
Danny Owenby
My deepest sympathy to Linda and all of Robert's loved ones. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you always.
Juanita Dixon
Prayers of Comfort for the family ,friends and community. Rest well Robert.
Ann Letterman
Linda and family - I am so very sorry to hear of Robert’s passing. I remember your family fondly from working at Dr. Morgan’s dentist office. Please know I am keeping you all in my prayers.
Karen Stanley
Thoughts and prayers for the family
Sheri Dixon-Henson
Robert was a great Godly man he was a great cousin and a true friend our loss but Heaven's gain he will be missed by many people my condolences goes to the family we love y'all ♥️
Calvin and Gwen Watts
Linda, It was so sad for me to learn that Robert had passed away. He will truly be missed. I am out of town and won’t be able to make his service. I will not be back home until Sunday. I just wanted you to know that I’m thinking of you and your family. Sending lots of love and prayers your way.
June Ray
I'm so sorry to hear about Robert's passing, just know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, I have always loved you Linda.
Faith Ann Albury
Amethyst and family, I send my sincere condolences, as I know you loved him so. May God help you each find peace through this difficult season in your lives as only He can.
Emmy Messer
I am so sorry sending prayers
Sarah Henson
My thoughts and prayers are with this precious family.
Marcella Thompson
Linda and Amethyst Prayers for both of you and your family. Robert will always be apart of your heart and memories. Praying for peace, knowing he is with God Almighty in Heaven. Craig and Pam
Pam and Craig Carter
Linda, Amethyst and family, I was saddened to hear of Robert's passing. Working with Robert at Mountaineer Graphics and then GP Graphics was the first real job I had. Robert was given the task of teaching me to drive a stick shift as well as many other things. He loved you all dearly and his love of the Lord was very evident. Continued prayers for you.
Anthony Messer
Linda, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of Robert. He was a great man. The greatest condolence you have is the fact that he knew Jesus and is now in his arms. You have our prayers and condolences for now and always.
J. D. and Judy Grant
Linda and all your family I’ve prayed for you all when I saw the announcement of Roberts passing. I fondly remember working with you at the bank and getting to know you both. You both were very kind and thoughtful. I pray comfort now for you all going forward.
Vicky eavenson
Nice guy! He used to come into Midway Lanes where I worked and played pinball. I hadn't seen him since the late 70's but remembered him.
Richard Davis
So sorry for your loss.God bless all of you.You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Randy & Teresa Heisler