Funeral services planned for popular East Texas sports journalist


TEXARKANA, Texas (KETK) – Sports enthusiasts across the Piney Woods are mourning the death of Johnny Green.

A man of passion for high school sports, he covered thousands of games for the Texarkana Gazette for more than 50 years. Green passes away on Tuesday after a heart attack at the age of 76.

Described as a true professional with a special place in his heart for Texarkana, Green began his writing career with the Gazette in 1962.

Fellow journalists remember him as a phenomenal writer and person. “He cared about the kids, he cared about the coaches, and they knew that. I mean, people would be around Johnny and I mean, he would make you want to be a better person just being in his presence,” said Texarkana Gazette Sports Editor Josh Richert.

Visitation for Green is set for Friday, Feb. 14 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Chapelwood Funeral Home in Nash, Texas. A graveside service is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Chapelwood.

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