Edward Lee Green sailed from this world into his eternal home in glory on March 15, 2022, at the age of 89.\n\nEd's adventure in this world began on September 24, 1932, in Denver, Colorado. He spent much of his childhood on his grandfather's ranch, learning powerful lessons about life and death. A clever boy in small-town Villa Grove during the end of the Wild West age, he could be found engaging in such shenanigans as overturning outhouses and tormenting his younger sister.\n\nWhen he was in high school, his family moved to Missouri, and after graduating, Ed was stricken with the wanderlust and decided to follow his seafaring uncle's example. This young man who had never even seen the ocean began his next adventure by joining the U.S. Navy. Considered too tall for his preferred post on a submarine, he served primarily on aircraft carriers, including the USS Midway. While in the Navy, a friend introduced him to a secretary at the naval shipyard in Charleston, a divorced mother of two children. They were married in 1956 and, just over a year later, added a daughter to their family. In 1964, they moved to Fayetteville, NC, while Ed was working for International Harvester, later followed by Bryan Oil Company. As his peers began to consider retirement, he started working at Murphy Farms.\n\nThroughout the decades, Ed spent his evenings working as an independent tax consultant. With a generous spirit and listening ear, he quickly became known around Fayetteville as The Tax Man, and the Green residence transformed into a hub of traffic each tax season. Ed and Carol enjoyed socializing with those who passed through their home and appreciated the many cakes, pies, and cookies that often accompanied their visitors. Ed was also a wise and loving servant on the board of elders at Church of the Open Door, and for many years, he managed the finances for EBF, a missions organization, and for each of its missionaries.\n\nOne of Ed's favorite adventures was being a grandfather, a constant, supportive presence at his grandchildren's sporting events, concerts, and talent shows, easily recognizable in the crowd by his western-style attire, complete with cowboy boots. Always ready with a word of encouragement or a bit of advice, he delighted in uplifting his children and grandchildren, and he regularly bragged about them to anyone who would listen.\n\nA regular highlight of Ed's week was the Tuesday Morning Men's Bible Study, where he met with other men of faith to enjoy breakfast and study God's Word. Ed emanated a quiet and steadfast faith, in people and most of all in his Savior. A gentle, kind, and clever man with a sparkling wit and a sly sense of humor, he enjoyed traveling, reading, drinking a good cup of "mud," spending time with his family, and sharing tales of his adventures on the ranch and in the Navy.\n\nEd is survived by his wife of 66 years, Carol Green; their children, Ron (Nina) Sanchez, Nancy Davis, and Michelle (Don) Bruhn; his sister, Barbara Kostelecky; his grandchildren, Brandon Younts, Michael (Audra) Younts, Daniel (Cassie) Bruhn, and Hannah (Levi) Lansing; seven great-grandchildren; and innumerable friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Church of the Open Door, 4445 Cliffdale Road, Fayetteville, NC 28314.\n\nThe family would like to thank all those who prayed, visited, and supported them during Ed's final days on this earth. We look forward to a great reunion one day in glory!\n\nFriends are invited to celebrate Ed's life at a memorial service on Thursday, March 31 at 2:00 p.m. at Church of the Open Door (located at 4445 Cliffdale Road, Fayetteville, NC).