The first few years were trying times for the family as is
with any new business. Mrs. Greene, an elementary school teacher,
helped keep their dreams alive. Mr. Greene Sr, a former U.S. Army
Major and veteran of World II and Korea, supplemented the business
income by substitute teaching at Parker-Gray High School and
refereeing sports such as basketball and football games in the
Northern Virginia Area.
In 1960, the firm made the first addition to the physical
plant. The wood framed house was bricked over and new appearance
was created. In addition, the remodeling created a new embalming
room with all the modern plumbing and fixtures to serve our
clients. A three car garage to house the newly acquired hearse was
a part of this addition. Another addition was done in 1976. A
new chapel seating 200 people was added and the embalming room was
enlarged to accommodate the clients. As a result of this work, the
funeral home now had space for two visitation rooms and the chapel.
In 1968, the older son Nelson Jr joined the firm after serving as a
Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army for three years. Terry the
younger son, had been a stalwart worker, taking on many
responsibilities as his age would allow. The rolling stock was
always clean and shiny all due to his endless hours of work in the
funeral home. Terry went on to Morgan State University and upon
graduation entered the U. S. Army as his father and brother had
done. He is still active in the U. S. Army Reserve holding
the Rank of Full Colonel.
In 1982, Nelson E. Greene Jr was made the Manager of the
funeral home and Nelson Sr, reduced his work load to enjoy some of
his hard earned rewards. In 2000, an adjacent building was
purchased which now houses the offices for the funeral home. The
firm has continued to grow in statue and service to the community.
Members of the Greene family are active in the community and in
their church, Meade Memorial Episcopal Church. Nelson E. Greene Sr
is a former City Councilman of the City of Alexandria, VA. Nelson
Jr. is a former three term member of the Alexandria City Public
Schools Board. The firm is a Life Member of the NAACP, member of
the Chamber of Commerce, The American Legion, and several fraternal
Our desire to provide quality service at a fair price
continues to be our byword.