Norman Bruce Greene affectionately known as “Sonnyboy” was the third child of the late George Greene, Sr. and Emily Dunn Greene. Norman was born February 4, 1960 at St. John’s Hospital in Brooklyn, NY.
As a young child Norman’s interest with religion kept him engaged at Berean Baptist Church. As a young man this same interest afforded the opportunity to explore other religious sectors. On 12/31/2000 Norman accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at Faith Missionary Baptist Church. Sonny was no different than any of us navigating life’s challenges and choosing to not give up. He’d often say “Thank God for another day and another opportunity to get it right”. Norman was fun loving, energetic, and never met a stranger. After meeting him, you would be left with an unforgettable memory of his presence. You would either hate it or love it – but no in between.
Norman had a passion for cooking and blessed the family with a creative way to improvise and make an old dish new. A true artist for finding a tasty secret ingredient, delivering an outrageous joke or simply taking a moment to reminisce, Sonny always welcomed it. With no formal training, limited education, and plenty of obstacles to navigate he provided extraordinary services at York College, as the faculty cook for many years. He had a gift for making people laugh while serving the finished product, creating an unforgettable experience.On November 3, 2021, Norman Bruce Greene affectionately known as Sonnyboy exchanged his lengthy stay at Wake Medical Center for his wings departing from this life. Family and friends “Rejoice in knowing, we have another opportunity to forgive, heal, love and thrive on this journey”. As Sonny would say, “another opportunity to get it right”.
He leaves behind 3 children Tyrone Tarver, Philadelphia, PA; Christal Greene, Richmond, VA; Norman B. Greene, Jr. Tandem, CT; two grandchildren Chaun Avery Greene and Dallas Avery Greene. Two sisters; Phyllis Greene, Charlotte, NC and Pamela Matthews, Tamarac, Fl; Brother and best friend, George S. Greene, Jr. (wife Tammy) Knightdale, NC; Aunt Eunice Barr, Greensboro, NC and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Thank you to all family and friends offering encouragement.
The Greene Family would like to thank the support staff at Wake Medical Center and the Laurels of Forrest Glenn Nursing Home for the services and care provided to our loved one during his time of need.