HISTORY & STAFF
We have over 65 years of experience caring for families from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
Greene Funeral Home Inc. is a full service funeral establishment serving the local community of Alexandria, Virginia as well as the states of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. The firm was starting in May,1954 at its current location.
The original business was a sole proprietorship with Nelson E. Greene Sr. as the owner. His loving wife, Gloria, was not only the matriarch of the family, but in a loving and supportive manner, the financial backer of the funeral home. For a number of years her salary as s school teacher not only supported the family, but supported the funeral home, until like any business, it finally began to show a profit. Through all the years she never let us forget it, in a loving manner, and we’ll always be thankful for that.
In the mid 1970’s it was decided to incorporate the business. Nelson E. Greene, Sr. became the president, Nelson E. Greene Jr. became vice-president, Gloria K. Greene became Secretary-Treasurer, Terry F. Greene, a member of the Board of Directors. These positions were maintained until the death of Nelson, Sr. and Gloria in 2014. In 2019, Nelson Jr. and Donita became the owners of Greene Funeral Home Inc.
The original building and grand house were built in 1793 as a wooden frame house that retained some of the colonial era furnishings. The wooden framed building was brick covered in 1958. In 1974, it became necessary to expend the facilities. Several homes adjacent to the original were demolished and the present day building erected. The funeral home now offers a chapel that seats up to 150 persons. The garage that originally housed all the company vehicles has been changed to hold at least six beloved remains, awaiting final disposition. We also offer off street parking for 40+ cars for the convenience of our clients.
OUR VALUED STAFF
NELSON E. GREENE SR.
Nelson E. Greene, Sr. was the founder of the funeral home. It was his hard work and dedication for over 50 years that helped the funeral home become what it is today. On top of substitute teaching in the earlier days, he was a member of the City Council, of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Virginia, F.&A.M. Inc., a member of the Secret Seven, a member of the Departmental Progressive Club of Alexandria, the American Legion William Post #124,and the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World. He was a member of Meade Episcopal Church, where he served in the past as Junior and Senior Warden, and on the Steering Committee for the new building. He was also a lifelong member of Omega Psi Phi for 76 years starting in1938 until his death in November, 2014.
Gloria Greene was the stalwart when Nelson Sr. decided to open a funeral home. She was the former secretary/treasurer of the company. Once Nelson, Sr. was established in Virginia, she brought her sons up from North Carolina and they settled into life in Alexandria. She was a school teacher in Alexandria for 37 years serving at Charles Houston and Stonewall Jackson elementary schools. She was intricately involved in running the funeral home for many years. She used her creativity and her background as a seamstress to ensure that each lady client was elegantly presented to the public. She also was the interior decorator for the funeral home, and uniquely made all the draperies for the funeral home and the drapings for the interior of the hearses. When she retired from teaching, she also pushed back from the funeral home but had always been an avid supporter. She was a member of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Links Incorporated and Meade Memorial Episcopal Church where she previously served on the Vestry.
NELSON E. GREENE, JR.
Nelson E. Greene, Jr. is currently the majority owner, president and manager of record for the funeral home. He has worked in the funeral home his entire adult life except for the three years he spent in the military. He received his Mortuary Science education from John Tyler Community College in Chester, VA. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Virginia State College. He served three terms on the Alexandria City School Board for a total of nine years of service. He holds a license in Virginia, and courtesy cards in DC and Maryland. He previously served as an adjunct professor in the Mortuary Science program at the University of the District of Columbia. He has served as National President of Epsilon Nu Delta Mortuary Fraternity and chapter president. He has served as chairman of the Life Membership committee and District Governor of National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association, on the Scholarship Committee and State President of Virginia Morticians Association, as well as Chairman of the Board. He is a founding member of Northern Virginia District of the Virginia Morticians Association. He has attained his lifetime Certified Funeral Service Practitioner designation and also is a member of the American Society of Embalmers. He is a member of Meade Episcopal Church, where serves as Licensed Lay Preacher. He has served as Junior Warden eight other times, and as Senior Warden three times. He is a life member of Omega Psi Phi since 1974.
Donita Greene joined the Greene family in 1998 and is married to Nelson Jr. She is co-owner of the funeral home, treasurer and secretary. She attended Catonsville Community College and earned an AAS in Mortuary Science, and is licensed in Virginia, District of Columbia , and Maryland. She has attained her lifetime Certified Funeral Service Practitioner designation, and is a member of NFDA, VMA, NVDMA and Epsilon Nu Delta Mortuary fraternity where she currently serves nationally as Vice President and locally as chapter secretary. She is an adjunct professor at CCBC teaching Mortuary Science for the past 12 years. She served on the Board of Directors of SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) for over 10 years. She also served on the Committee for Congregational Missions in the Virginia Episcopal Diocese for over 5 years, and was an active member of Meade Memorial Episcopal Church where she served as a Lay Eucharistic Minister, a member of the Gospel Truth Choir and served as senior warden twice. In 2019, she moved her membership to Alfred Street Baptist Church. She is a member of the Board of Lady Managers of Inova Alexandria Hospital, where she served as the first Black President from 2017-2019, and currently serves as Past President on the Executive Board. She serves as a volunteer in the Gift Shop of Inova Alexandria Hospital as a trainer of new volunteers, as a buyer and as a cashier several times a month.
Nina Greene is the daughter of Nelson Jr. She initially pursued a career in the healthcare industry including national certification as an EMT, CPR instructor and occupational health administrator but made the decision to work full time in funeral service. She has worked somewhere within the funeral home off and on for over 25 years. She currently serves as a funeral service assistant where she provides administrative support and is instrumental in helping our families with memorial tributes, life insurance, and a myriad of things to assist the families we serve. Nina is a lifelong member of Meade Episcopal Church and has been active in the Gospel Truth Choir, Outreach Committee and served as Youth Group chaperone, and has served previously on the Vestry. She is also a member of the Women’s Ecumenical Choir of Alexandria and the Order of the Daughters of the King. She recently completed a term as a member of the Senior Services of Alexandria. After spending lots of time with her grandfather in the early years, she learned that service to the community is a way of life.
Shaye Nelson is a native of Alexandria and a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia’s Mortuary Science Program. Shaye developed an interest in the funeral industry at an early age. Mentored by our manager, Nelson Jr., she served her apprenticeship here and now is a licensed Funeral Service Professional in DC, MD and Virginia. She also holds a Certified Pre-Planning Consultant certificate. Shaye has a passion for making the funeral planning experience comforting. She is a member of Shiloh Baptist Church and active as coordinator for its Senior Ministry where she also serves as the editor of the Senior News.
DIMITRA A. JOHNSON
Dimitra A. Johnson, following a long time dream to work within the funeral industry, made a perpetual connection with her mentor, manager and now friend, Nelson, Jr. She gives all honor and glory to the Lord God almighty for His divine intervention and destiny in her life. She has an unique personality, dedicated to the mission at hand, and takes her professional role seriously. Her goal is to make a positive impact on every family she serves. She brings a diverse background in telecommunication, customer service and excellent organizational skills. She attended Catonsville Community College and earned an AAS in Mortuary Science, and is licensed in Virginia, District of Columbia , and Maryland. She is an active member of Westphalia United Methodist Church in Upper Marlboro, MD. She is an active member of NFDA, VMA, NVDMA and Epsilon Nu Delta Mortuary Fraternity. She currently serves as President of the local chapter of Epsilon Nu Delta Mortuary Fraternity.
Tuesdae Fuller is a native Alexandrian, and a licensed cosmetologist. She began her association with the funeral home in that capacity, moving up to a funeral service assistant. She attended the University of the District of Columbia and earned an AAS in Mortuary Science, and is licensed in Virginia, District of Columbia, and Maryland. (Her grandfather also worked for the funeral home for many years prior to his death.) She is an active member of Alfred Street Baptist Church and her activities include being a part of the Culinary Team, Pastors Aide Team, Royal Priesthood Choir and AWANA Youth Group.
NATALIE R. KINDLE
Natalie R. Kindle came to Greene Funeral Home part time, and decided that she loved the profession enough to start Mortuary Science School. She is currently in school at Catonsville Community College. She is our “go to” person for many things. She is quite artistic and she has a knack for making a program very personal for the clients we service. She is our computer person. We could go on … Natalie has aspirations of owning a funeral home sometime in the not too distant future.
Helen Webb serves as a front office administrator. Helen is retired from the government after 40 years with the Department of the Army, and enjoys the interaction with the families we serve. Her cheery personality and professional voice are important as she is often the first contact for many of our clients.
Anthony “Tony” Robinson is a funeral service assistant. Tony is retired from the American Red Cross, but also spent 20 years in law enforcement. Tony served 9 years in the United States Marine Corps. After being one of our “clients”, he decided to join our staff and has been with us for over 11 years now. We affectionately call him “Happy Feet” because he is always willing and ready to go and do whatever is asked of him. He works during funerals, runs death certificates, makes removals and anything else he is asked to do.
Alton Jackson retired from working for one of the airlines at National Airport and immediately filled his days by becoming a funeral service assistant who has been with us for over 15 years. He can often be seen driving one of the limos during a service. On top of his funeral home work, he is an excellent upholsterer, and much of his talent can be seen all around the funeral home! “Jack” is a deacon emeritus at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church where he serves faithfully in multiple capacities.
Roshawnda Pearson is the newest member of the GFH staff. She serves as a funeral assistant and you’ll often see her driving the limo with our families. On occasion, we can even get her spouse, Titus out to assist with funerals and some of the heavy work around the building.
CELESTINE JENKINS JACKSON
Celestine Jenkins Jackson has worked as an organist for us for over 20 years. We are grateful for her talent and her commitment to us.
MINISTER EVELYN HARPER
Minister Evelyn Harper has been a resident preacher for the past few years. When a family needs a clergyperson for their services, she is most often available to heed that call.
Minister Myron Contee
Minister Myron Contee has been a resident preacher for the past few years. When a family needs a clergyperson for their services, he is most often available to heed that call.