Kareem Johnson | Digital Journalist

UCHS Classmates, Community Pay Tribute to Deputy Chief Ernest Green

By Kareem JohnsonEmail the author | December 27, 2010

Friends, classmates and community members paid tribute to the late Ernest Green, the Deputy Police Chief of the University City Police Department Sunday night at City Hall.

Green, 46, died on December 20 from brain cancer.

The class motto of the University City High School class of 1982 was “unforgettable” and that was the overriding theme at last night’s memorial celebration, which eulogized Green’s life and effect on the community.

About 60 people turned up for the gathering, which was filled with reminiscent memories, songs and humor.

Tracy Shields and class president Gary Boyd set up the event, which was organized through the Class of 1982 Reunion Committee.

In his opening remarks, Boyd said the event was a celebration of Green’s life. He also gave thanks to Major Green’s wife of 18 years Alicia Green, who was present last night to allow the community to pay tribute.

Shields and other classmates contributed songs to pay homage, including some familiar songs including “This little light of mine” to close the proceedings.

University City Police Chief Colonel Charles Adams made a statement and members of UCPD paid their respects.

“Ernest and I grew up together, said Carlos Mayfield, a pastor and longtime friend of Green.

“I’ve known him since I was 4 years old. We used to hold hands going to preschool together,” said Mayfield.

Mayfield said the memorial celebration was “awesome.”

“I had an opportunity to visit with Earnest before he passed, and I think he would be pleased to know that he gave so much, and that this demonstration gave back to him,” Mayfield said. “It’s a blessing.”

A fund has been set up to help support Green’s two sons. Donations can be made to: In Care of Ernest Green, P.O. Box 300525, St. Louis, MO 63130.

 

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