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Local resident celebrates milestone 100th birthday

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Warren Green of Spring Hill celebrated a century of living on August 23, 2023. He did so with friends and family at his home at Elevated Estates Forest Oaks, which offers assisted living and memory care to seniors.

“We are SO excited to announce that one of our amazing residents, Warren Green, will be turning 100 this week!” said Executive Director of Elevated Estates Forest Oaks, Jennifer Cavaliere.

Green reflected on his long and amazing life on the occasion of his golden birthday. He was born in a house in Pittsfield, Ohio, a home that remains standing today. He then moved to Florida in 1970.

“‘How does it feel to be turning 100?’ The same as 99, it’s just a normal day today,” he said. “I had the same normal breakfast and had my same normal routine.”

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Although Green takes it easy these days, he devoted more than nine decades of his existence to a regimen of hard work. “I owned a farm where I raised dairy cows that had to be milked daily. I farmed corn, beans, hay, and wheat. I also drove a truck for Norwalk Truck Lines, Consolidated Freightways, and a cattle truck that took animals to auction on the weekend. After moving to Florida in 1970, I drove a dump truck until I settled in the area, then drove for Pilot Freight Carriers. I retired from trucking in 2002, then started another venture working for Budget Rentals. I worked for them for 20 years and finally retired at 93 years old,” he said.

Green was married for 59 years to his beloved wife, Mary, who passed away in 2004. Warren and Mary raised a loving family that also included five beautiful children, 12 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. “My first great-great-grandchild is due in January!” he said.

Now, Green bides his time in the presence of his longtime Sweetheart, Martha. Warren Green feels that the world has changed a great deal in his 100 years of living. “It’s not changed for the better,” he reflected. “Life was a lot of hard work, and we didn’t have much, but we enjoyed it more. I think life is harder nowadays for young people.”

Green also feels that today’s young people may not be as committed to personal relationships. “And there are so many divorces. Why can’t people work on their marriages and make them work?” he said. “I was married for 59 years, and it wasn’t easy, but we worked together and stayed together.”

Although he is retired from work-life, Warren Green still enjoys an active and very happy life, one centered on family and fun. He shared, “I spend my time enjoying my John Deere collection (it’s very impressive) and spending time with my family.”

And Green has some advice for anyone who seeks to lead a long, fulfilling life. By helping other people, he says, you help yourself as well. “Do everything you can to help people, always,” he said. “Take care of them the best you can.”

Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey is a features journalist and author who is the winner of Florida Press Association honors and a certificate of appreciation from LINCS (Family Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force) and Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for her newspaper coverage of these issues. She graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a journalism major and English/sociology minor, and previously wrote for publications that include the Pasco editions of The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. A native of Indiana, she lives in Florida.
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