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Ruby Green, First African American Teacher at BHS, Passes Away at 103

Ruby Green, the first African American teacher at Biloxi High School, passed away on May 28, 2020, at the age of 103.  Her long and meaningful life was one of service - to her students, her church and her community. 

Ruby Thompson Green was born June 5, 1916 in Ahoskie, North Carolina to Joseph and Ruth Thompson. She grew up in Wayne, Pennsylvania.  At age twelve, she joined Second Baptist Church of Wayne, Pennsylvania. She graduated from high school in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia, and did further study at Atlanta University in Georgia, and University of Southern Mississippi.

She taught school at Fort Valley, Georgia, Statesboro, Georgia, Delray Beach, Florida, and begninning in 1968, Mrs. Green taught history at Biloxi High until her retirement. 

She married P. Irving Green July 26, 1941. They were blessed with three daughters, Jacquelyn, Pamela, and Judith. She came to Biloxi, Mississippi in 1947. She founded and operated Green's Kindergarten for 17 years. She, also, worked in the Star program and worked as Assistant Education Director of the Head Start Program.

After retiring from Biloxi High School, she worked as a Volunteer at the Veterans Hospital in Gulfport, Mississippi. She was a member of the Cheerios Homemakers Club. She was a member of the Senior Citizen group.

She joined New Bethel Baptist under the pastorate of Reverend E. H. Potter. She served as a teacher of the Intermediate Class, Superintendent of the Sunday School, and Director of the Vacation Bible School. She was a member of the Senior Mission and served as President for a number of years. She was also a member of the Kitchen Committee and served as a member of the Bus Committee which purchased New Bethel Baptist's first bus.

She served as Assistant Secretary of the Shiloh District of the Congress of Christian Workers. She also attended the Mississippi Baptist Seminary. Her hobby was traveling. She visited Africa, Asia, Europe and the Holy Land.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her father and mother, two sisters, and two brothers.

She is survived by her three daughters, her granddaughter, Ramona Geiger, two great grandchildren, Jalen and Ja'Nia, God child, Kristie Kelly, and many nieces and nephews.

Ruby Green collage