Tony Greene in ICU with Collapsed Lung
According to several reports from around the Internet, Tony Greene of the Greenes is in Intensive Care. He had gone to the hospital earlier this week facing a possible kidney rejection, but after thousands of prayers, was able to keep the kidney. Now his lung has collapsed, and he is in critical condition. His wife TaRanda has canceled all dates for the weekend to be there. Keep them in your prayers!
Tony Greene Passes Away
Tony Greene of the Greenes passed away at 4:30 this afternoon. He was removed from a ventilator around noon, and word inaccurately spread that he had passed away then; he actually kept breathing for several hours. But at 2:00, his brother-in-law Dean Hopper said that it was a “matter of time.” Hopper added that friends and family, including Gerald Wolfe, Amy Lambert, and, of course Dean and Kim Hopper and TaRanda Greene joined Tony in the hospital during his final hours to “sing him into glory.”
Greene grew up in Boone, North Carolina. He started singing with his brother Tim, sister Kim, and father Everette in 1979. Though they made their first recording together in 1980, they did not come to national prominence until the later ’80s, by that point as a sibling trio. Kim left in 1989 to join her husband, Dean Hopper, in the Hoppers; she was replaced by Amy Lambert, and later by Milena Parks. Tony’s future spouse, TaRanda Greene, came on board the Greenes’ bus in 1998. Tony and TaRanda dated for some time; he memorably proposed on the NQC Mainstage about ten years ago (NQC 1999?), and she said yes. Their collaboration over the last twelve years brought many new fans to the group.
He is survived by his wife, TaRanda Greene, and two daughters, Isabella (Belle), age 6, and Jocelyn (Josie), age 2 1/2. He is also survived by his brother Tim Greene, and his sister Kim Greene Hopper, and their families.
Posted on September 29, 2010
Funeral arrangements have been announced for Tony Greene, who passed away yesterday. Visitation will be next Monday, October 4, at the First Baptist Church in Indian Trail, NC, from 4 to 7 P.M. The funeral service will immediately follow at 7 PM. A graveside service will be next Tuesday at 1 PM at Westview Baptist Church in Boone, NC.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Tony Greene Medical Fund, PO Box 3046, Indian Trail, NC 28079.