Napoleon Green, Jr. a Gainesville native, was born on March 4, 1957, the only son of eight children born to the late Margaret and Napoleon Green. On September 16, 2020 he was received into the loving arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at North Florida Regional Medical Center with his loving wife, son, and family by his side.
Napoleon embodied the love of Christ and was an avid University of Florida Gator fan. He attended A. Quinn Jones Elementary School and was a member of the first integrated class at Westwood Junior High where he played football and continued to excel in the sport as an “All-American” defensive back, running back, and kick returner at Gainesville High School. His] athletic talent earned him a full athletic scholarship to the University of Florida (UF) in 1975. At UF, Napoleon was a letter winner all four years and served as team captain in 1979. In the spring of 1976 he was initiated into the Theta Sigma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Recreation in 1980.
God saw fit to send Napoleon a wife, and on March 21, 1981, he wed his high school sweetheart, and love of his life, Carmen Dukes. The two were made for each other. The care that they showed each other and the ease with which they lived out their love will always be remembered as an earthly reminder of God’s compassion, grace, and lovingkindness.
Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling. But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah. Psalm 49:14-15
Napoleon served as a full-time Counselor and Recreational Specialist at North Florida Evaluation & Treatment Center for 30 years, he also served as a faithful employee of VISTA Pavilion for over 20 years. He retired in 2016. (is this correct?) After retiring, he devoted more of his time to service. He was always happy to offer transportation to those in need. Never inconvenienced and the consummate servant leader, Napoleon enjoyed civic engagement and volunteered as a poll worker in the 2020 primary election. He was a faithful and extremely devoted member of CampusView Church where he served for over 40 years. Napoleon was truly a written epistle who shined the light of Jesus Christ wherever he went. He enjoyed attending Bible Study, volunteering at church, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. He tirelessly gave his time and energy to those he loved and his community. He served faithfully as a volunteer at Grace Marketplace.
Affectionately referred to as “Uncle Nap,” Napoleon had the ability to give his undivided attention to scores of nieces, nephews, and loved ones. He had the blessed ability to make all who met him feel as though they were “the only person in the room”. He was everyone’s “favorite uncle” and always had an encouraging word and a secret stash of candy for his nieces and nephews. Uncle Nap was known as a gentle giant with nerves of steel, as he was often sought after to teach scores of nieces and nephews how to drive.
He was preceded in death by: His beloved parents Margaret and Napoleon Green and his dearly departed sisters, Shirley Kinsey and Emma Green Young.
Napoleon is survived by his loving and devoted wife Carmen Dukes-Green and son Brannon Dukes-Green, his mother-in-law Bernice Dukes, Brother-in-law John Dukes III (Audrey), sisters,Tisha McGlon (Aaron McGlon, Sr.-deceased), Bettye Player (Dennifield) of Gainesville, FL, Charlotte Green (Alphonso) and Linda Adams of Atlanta, GA, Sheila Turner (Bobby) of Hampton, VA, and Ameilia Mitchell (Larry) of Jacksonville, FL and a host of loving nieces, nephews, godchildren, cousins, and dear friends who will cherish his fond and precious memories.
“Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased; For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him. Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou does well to thyself. He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light. Man that is honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.” Psalm 49:16-20
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