Melvina Williams Greene was born January 4th, 1926 to Eugene and Rosa Lee Williams in Savannah, GA. She received her formal education in Chicago, IL and Savannah, GA. Melvina attended First Bryan Baptist Church where she enjoyed fellowshipping with members of the congregation and singing in the choir. She had a very strong work ethic and desired to establish a better life for her children. In 1958, Melvina relocated from Savannah, GA to Miami, FL where she built a solid foundation to raise her children and pursue her dreams.
Melvina worked for the legendary Fontainebleau Hotel located in Miami Beach, FL. Her determination and hard work caught the attention of Ben and Bernice Novack, owners of the Fontainebleau Hotel. She accepted a special assignment to work as a personal assistant to Bernice Novack, and through this relationship, they developed a very strong bond.
In 1965, she purchased her first home with her husband Willie James Greene, who she affectionately called “James”. Together they pursued their dream of becoming entrepreneurs and established their first business Greene and Sons Shoe Care. Melvina’s sharp administrative skills and James’s expertise as a cobbler, formed a very strong business, and earned a reputation of success in the local community. The iconic Greene and Sons Shoe Care continued thriving in the Liberty City area for 30 years. Their union and faith in God led Melvina and James to join Bethel Temple under the leadership of the late Mother Akins. During their latter years, they faithfully served as members of Tree of Life Ministries under the direction of Pastor Coley.
Melvina and James enjoyed family gatherings and their home was the nucleus for holidays and special occasions. Melvina was known as a master chef to her family and friends and she enjoyed preparing specialty dishes. She held her secret recipes near to her heart. She enjoyed attending family events, playing board and card games, and gave pointed advice filled with wisdom and love. Her smile and laughter were contagious and captivated everyone within her reach.
In July of 1995, Melvina retired and transitioned the family operated Greene and Sons Shoe Care business to her youngest son, Tyrone Greene after her beloved husband James passed away. In 2006, Melvina moved to Jacksonville, FL to live with her daughter and special son in law/son Robrick and Veronica Abel. During her time in Jacksonville, her favorite pastime was traveling to Gainesville, FL and Miami, FL to visit her children and other family members. Melvina loved her family beyond measure and treasured every moment she spent with them.
On June 21, 2021, God called his faithful servant home to rest. She lived a full and abundantly blessed life. Those left to cherish her memory are her children Marion Tippins (deceased), Bernard Mitchell (Marjorie), Willie Greene (Kathy), Vernon Quinn (Glenda), Quinton Quinn (Latosha), Richard Greene (Berta), Beverly Butler, Stanley Quinn, Tyrone Green (Paulette), Veronica Abel and her special son in law/son (Robrick). Melvina was preceded in death by her two older siblings Frank Williams and Frances Williams of Savannah, GA. Also left to cherish her memory are her brothers Larry Williams, Eugene Williams, and Joseph Williams, (31) grandchildren, (59) great-grandchildren and (14) great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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