Farmerville and all of Union Parish mourned the loss of a pillar of the community last week. Bobby Lane Green, prominent businessman and community promoter, passed away at his home on May 17.
Bobby was born October 27, 1941, in Monroe. He ended up in Farmerville, where he made his home, his memories, and certainly his mark upon this community.
Green and his wife, Jayne Smith-Green, served the communities of Marion and Farmerville in many capacities.
Green’s business contributions to Union Parish were many. He served on the Marion State Bank Board as a member, Vice Chairman and Chairman for a total of 54 years, having been Chairman since 1994.
He was President of Central Protection Services for 32 years. As a matter of fact, Green was a true entrepreneur in that he was one of the first cellular phone agents in North Louisiana and he had an incredible impact on the cellular phone industry. In 1994, Green added a security division to his company. Many homes and businesses throughout Union Parish and North Louisiana have Green to thank for their burglary and fire security systems. At the time of his passing, Green was serving as Vice-President and consultant at Central Security, Inc.
His business contributions were many and invaluable to this community, but his community service and activity were where his heart really was.
“Bobby was a good guy,” MSB Executive Vice President Scott Jones said. “He was such a big part of the community. He was always there to give his wisdom and thoughts on any given situation.”
Green was one of the first people to come up with the idea for the Mayhaw Festival, an annual event in Marion. “Bobby was passionate about his involvement,” Jones said. “Not only his involvement with the community, but with the customers of the bank. What will probably be missed most are the relationships he built.”
Green was a lifelong member of Marion Methodist Church, he served on the State Forestry Commission for 17 years and was an active member of the Louisiana Forestry Association, Northeast Louisiana Agra-Business Council, Louisiana Wood Preservers Association and Louisiana Bi-Centennial Commission and a Shriner.
Always doing what he could to promote Union Parish, Green was an active member of the Union Parish Chamber of Commerce where he made his mark by serving on many committees like the Sportsman’s Expo, Annual Banquet Dinner, and the Tennessee Walking Horse Show.
Anyone who knew Green knew that he was an avid hunter and his pride and joy were his English Pointers. He trained and sold these prize-winning dogs all over the country. He participated in the National Shoot-to-Retrieve Field Trials and was a long-time member of the NSTRA and Quail Unlimited.