Mr. Joseph Elroy Green

  • Born: October 13, 1940
  • Died: September 14, 2021
  • Location: Murray, Kentucky

J. H. Churchill Funeral Home

201 S. 3rd Street
Murray, KY 42071
Tel. (270) 753-2411

Tribute & Message From The Family

Joseph Elroy Green, 80, of Murray, Kentucky, died Tuesday, September 14th, at his home, surrounded by family.

He was born October 13, 1940, in Buchanan, Tennessee, to Wade and Mildred Green.

Joe was an Elder in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ and later attended the Restored Church of Jesus Christ at Puryear, Tennessee. He served as Pastor for 26 years, Counselor to the President of the RLDS KY/TN District, financial auditor and later as treasurer for the Restored Church at Puryear, Tennessee. He formerly resided on East State Line Road, Hazel, Kentucky before moving to Murray.

Preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Martha Belle Wilson Green, his parents Wade Enloe and Mildred Mary Ellen Green, numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and grandparents (Green & Robbins) as well as his faithful border collie Molly. He is survived by daughters Martha JoAnne Fuller and husband Charles of Almo, Mary Jane Green of Murray, Jennifer Robyn Riley and husband Kevin of Farmington, granddaughter Taylor Ryan Kunkel and husband Drake and great grandchildren Oliver and Leona of Murray; sisters Kathy Green of Hanover, Pennsylvania, Carol Nigro and husband Chuck of Olathe, Kansas, brothers Michael Green and wife Lucia of Saint Charles, Missouri and Jerry Green and wife Traci of Murray, sister-in-law Sandra Wallace and husband G.W. of Little Rock, Arkansas and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Joe served as deputy sheriff under Sheriff Woodrow Rickman; served as a Deputy Clerk under Randall Patterson and County Court Clerk under Charles Hale, Tax Commissioner. He was part of Murray State University's Public Safety Department, serving first as an officer then Director for 33+ years and has been the longest tenured of any officer and director at MSU, retiring in 1999. Joe was playfully nicknamed "Mean Joe" during his years at MSU. Throughout his career he assisted and supported many city, county, state and federal law enforcement organizations. He attended Murray State and received law enforcement training at Eastern Kentucky Law Enforcement Police Academy, University of Louisville Southern Police Academy and numerous FBI programs. He was recognized for his law enforcement service by US Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and received several service awards throughout this career. Joe held the office of President for the Kentucky Association of University Law Enforcement Administrators, Secretary for the Fraternal Order of Police, member of Calloway County DES and served on numerous campus and community committees throughout the years. He was also a member of the New Concord High graduating class of 1959.

Joe was a man of strong faith and integrity and felt his earthly calling was to serve his Lord. He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.

No public services are scheduled at this time.

Online condolences may be left at

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Humane Society of Calloway County, 607 Poplar Street, Murray, KY 42071.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I just found out about Joe's passing. I was the Secretary at Public Safety from 1992 until 2000. He was a joy to work for - the best boss ever. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Louise Chally - Murray, KY - Coworker   October 06, 2021

It is always a sad day when you loose a friend, especially one you have known for 50 plus years. Joe and i were in the 1959 graduating class of New Concord, and played on the basketball team. Everyone who knew Joe knew of his Christian beliefs, by his words and actions. D. L. Moody said, " It is a great deal better to live a holy life than to talk about it. Light houses don't ring bells and fire cannon to call attention to their shining---they just shine. I am praying for God to comfort Joe's family.

Posted by Gene Rowland - paducah - Friend   September 20, 2021

Joe was one of the nicest persons you'd ever want to meet. I was fortunate that my tenure at Murray State overlapped with Joe's directing the MSU Security Office...just a wonderful person to work with. understanding, empathetic, and a true 'gentle giant' of a man. Although we miss him here on earth, that his is with his Lord and Savior and reunited with his parents and wonderful wife, Martha, is a true blessing. I am proud to say both were my friends and I am a better person because of them. Miss you both; will always love you both. Ken Carstens

Posted by Dr. Ken Carstens - Murray, KY - Family Friend   September 18, 2021

Joe was my Brother in law, so Proud he was part of Our Family. He always had a story or Joke to share and made me feel good just to be around him. Very Good And Loved Man!Miss and God Bless You !❤

Posted by Lucy Green - St. Louis, MO - Sister   September 18, 2021

So sorry for your loss. He was much loved and will be missed. RIP, Joe. Prayers for the family and friends.

Posted by Judy Barnett - Clinton, IA - Friend   September 17, 2021

Sorry for your loss. Joe was a fine man and always had a smile He was a man of integrity. I always enjoyed seeing him and talking to him.

Posted by Janice Farris - Paris, TN - Family   September 17, 2021

He will be missed but not forgotten.... He is a cousin of mine and he never met a stranger..... I will pray for his family during this time of sorrow....

Posted by Patrick Wilson - Paris, TN - Family   September 17, 2021

Janie. I'm sorry for your loss. Joe was a good man and I admired his integrity in all he did. He's rejoicing with Martha and is at peace. Love you

Posted by Linda Moore - Murray, KY - Friend   September 17, 2021

Joe was a good man that will always be remembered. May God's Peace and Grace be with his family.

Posted by Jim Stahler - Murray, KY - Friend   September 16, 2021

Joe's integrity was always on display-I will always remember his kind manner, as a teenager, when he met my grandmother who had dementia.
Janice Cates - class of 1959. We will miss him.

Posted by Janice Cates - Nashville, TN - Classmate   September 16, 2021

My prayers and condolences go out to the family of Joe. Joe was a friend to me and a brother in law enforcement . He was the kindest man I have ever known. Joe will be missed and never forgotten by everyone that knew him.

Posted by Jackie Canady - Murray, KY - Friend   September 16, 2021

You were always a good friend. Your kindness and service to our Heavenly Father was tireless. You will be missed. I love and prayers to family and friends.

Posted by Lynnda Mathis - Hazel, KY - Family Friend   September 15, 2021

Little Brother Joe, as you called yourself, I will miss you more than words can say. I will carry you in my heart, remember your goodness and love and never feel alone. Rest in beautiful peace my big brother.

Posted by Kathy Green - Sister   September 15, 2021

Joe, was known all across campus as the friend to law and made us obey the Law in his friendly way. Everyone loved "Mean Joe Green" and all as run in the right way. In other words we all were treated the same and that was Law with Joe. RIP Joe with Love Marie Jones

Posted by Helen Jones - Murray, KY - Friend   September 15, 2021

My prayers and condolences for the family and friends.

Posted by Lynnda Mathis - Hazel, KY - Family Friend   September 14, 2021

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