Stretch of Hwy 431 named for Phenix City veteran, businessman

Published: Aug. 13, 2015 at 2:15 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 13, 2015 at 3:11 PM EDT
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SEALE, AL (WTVM) - A World War II veteran and community fixture in Russell County for more than half a century has one of the greatest honors a citizen can receive – a stretch of Alabama highway named in his honor.

Roy Greene, a Columbus High and University of Alabama Law School graduate, has made countless contributions to his county, state and country.

On Wednesday afternoon a Road Naming Ceremony was held for the portion of Highway 431 South named in Greene's honor. Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor and Alabama State Senator Billy Beasley were among the elected officials attending the event.

Greene, who's 94 years old, was there and was humbled by the attention.

"Embarrassing, because I don't deserve it," said Greene. "And do I think that modestly? Yes, because it's true, because the people that were with me were the ones to deserve it, and the people of Phenix City, Alabama and Russell County, I love 'em, I love 'em," Greene said.

Greene, a former Alabama football player in the 1940's, is credited with bringing Phenix City both its first radio station and first cable TV station. He also owns the Citizen Newspaper, one of the largest weekly papers in the state of Alabama.

Green also served in the Infantry in the Pacific during World War II, and was discharged as a First Lieutenant in 1946. During his law and political career in Phenix City and Russell County, Greene served as City Judge, City Commissioner, County Attorney and District Attorney for the 26th Judicial Circuit. He was also on the Board of Directors of Synovus for many years.

The portion of Highway 431 South named in Greene's honor is in Seale, Ala. near the water tower.

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