HOT SPRINGS— Ethel Mae Whitecotton Green, 97, of 4033 Dunns Gap Road, Hot Springs, Virginia died Monday, February 13, 2012 at the Springs Nursing Center in Hot Springs.
She was born May 2, 1914 in Blue Grass, Virginia, the daughter of the late Saul and Mary Jane Simmons Whitecotton.
Mrs. Green was married to the late William Taft “Bill” Green. She retired as caretaker for the Ambassador Hugh Cummings at “Wee Too,” what is now the Homestead Overlook. Prior to that, she worked as a cook in the Old Valley High cafeteria. Mrs. Green was a member of the Virginia Chapel United Methodist Church. She was a loving housewife, mother and grandmother who was a terrific cook and loved to bake bread and cakes. She had a GREEN thumb and loved to garden.
She is survived by three sons, Eugene & wife Peggy Green of Blue Ridge, Virginia, William & wife Suzanne Green of Hot Springs, and Charles & wife Shirley Green of Covington, Virginia; a daughter, Annabell & husband Berlie Chestnut of Hot Springs; 9 grandchildren, Donna Martorani, David Green, Frankie Green, Deanna Persinger, Kellie Green, Kirby Smith, Maresa Butler, Tina Johnson and Tammy Hicks; 12 great grand children, Leslie, Joshua, Jacob, Meredith, Mark, Olivia, Kristin, Jeremiah, Rebbecca, Andrew, Ryan and Lydia.
She was preceded in death by 5 brothers and 3 sisters.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 16, 2012 at Healing Springs Baptist Church with Reverend John Klink officiating. Interment will be at Warm Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jack Woodzell, Kenny Woodzell, Eddie Green, Denny Hansford, Russell Woodzell, Richard Thacker, Jackie Green and Keith McElwee.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to services from 10:00 -11:00 a.m. at the church or anytime at the home of Willie and Suzanne Green at 24 Tinkertown Road.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions be made to the Hot Springs Rescue Squad, P.O. Box N, Hot Springs, Virginia 24445 or Virginia Chapel Church, c/o Iona Conner, P.O. Box 534, Hot Springs, Virginia 24445.
Arrangements are being handled by McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at


  1. Grandma your life was full of loving deeds,
    Forever thoughtful of our special needs,
    Today and tomorrow, my whole life through,
    I will always love and cherish you

    .There’s magic in a Grandmother’s touch,
    And sunshine in her smile.
    There’s love in everything she does
    To make our lives worthwhile.

    We can find both hope and courage
    Just by looking in her eyes.
    Her laughter is a source of joy,
    Her words are warm and wise.

    There is a kindness and compassion
    To be found in her embrace,
    And we see the light of heaven
    Shining from a Grandmother’s face.

    I was accepted by this lovely Woman as her own when I became part of the Family and I want to extend my condolences to the entire Family she will be missed and always be loved.

    Steven Butler

  2. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mrs. Green. I know she will be missed by all.


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