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Lasting Legacy
Former Morrow baseball coach Ronnie Green dies at 43

By Rory Sharrock

rsharrock@news-daily.com

On Monday, Feb. 18, former Morrow baseball coach and East Paulding High School teacher Ronnie Green died in Cherokee County after a brief stint in the hospital. He was 43-years old.

Green, who served as athletics director and assistant principal at Etowah High School this academic year, was admitted into the emergency room Monday around noon with flu-like symptoms, but never recovered and died at 10 p.m.

Although he had been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, his cancer was in remission and he came in to work everyday until his untimely death.

"The community at Etowah High School really loved him and he did a great job there. He was a hard worker and very loyal," said former college roommate and current principal at E.T. Booth Middle School Darrell Herring. "He was a Christian guy with a lot of character. He gave a lot of his time and he was a guy you could depend upon whenever you needed him."

Green was a native of Nettleton, Miss., which is located just outside Tupelo, and attended Nettleton High where he was a standout athlete for the Tigers on the football and baseball teams.

After high school, he enrolled at the University of Mississippi, where he received his bachelor's in physical education in 1988. He later obtained his master's as a specialist in education from Jacksonville State University in 2001.

While on the diamond at Morrow High School from 1994 to 1999, Green compiled a record of 94-62, which ranks him as the winningest baseball coach in school history. He also led the Mustangs to subregion titles in 1995 and 1996.

"For me, he was always a joy to play for. I was fortunate enough that he called me back to help coach. I have numer--ous memories of playing and coaching for him," said former Morrow outfielder Chris Jeffreys, who graduated in 1997. "He was a great man and did everything with dignity and class. He was more of a dad to me than anything."

Along with his duties in the dugout and as a physical education teacher, he was an assistant coach for several championship teams including the Lady Mustangs basketball squad, which captured state crowns in 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1993. He also worked alongside the football team that won the region in 1990.

"I will always remember him as being the hardest working person I've ever come across," said Morrow High School history teacher Ira Kirkpatrick. "The first time I ever met him, he was asking where to find the lawnmower because he wanted to work on the baseball field. He just took that over and he became a permanent fixture. He was always trying to find something to do and I know he'll be missed by all the people who worked with him. He was a really great guy."

Visitation is scheduled to take place today at Woodstock Funeral Home beginning at 6:00 and running until 9 p.m.

Funeral services will convene in the chapel at Woodstock First Baptist Church Thursday at 2 p.m.