Friends, family and former colleagues gathered on a road next to Nolensville First United Methodist Church Wednesday to dedicate a bridge to former county commissioner Lewis Green Jr.
“He was a quiet man, but when he spoke, people listened,” said District 5 Commissioner Tommy Little, who said Green — “Lew,” as he was known to his friends — was his mentor and encouraged him to run for the Williamson County Board of Commissioners. “I learned from him. I sat next to him for several years, and his shoes — I don’t know if we can ever fill them.”
Green grew up in Ohio but later made Nolensville his home and served on the county commission from 1996 to 2017. Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson, who served in the U.S. Air Force, said Green was a fellow veteran — but from the “weaker side” of the military, the Navy, he joked.
“Lew Green was a man who loved God,” Anderson said. “Lew Green was a man who loved his family, and particularly his wife and his children and those grandchildren, and he loved this country.”
Anderson pointed out that Green was loved not only by his family, church friends and local colleagues but by elected officials at the state level as well. As the mayor spoke these words, Green’s wife, Sandy, sat listening and nodding along to Anderson’s reminiscence alongside her family members, other current and former county commissioners, Nolensville Mayor Jimmy Alexander, State Rep. Glen Casada and State Sen. Jack Johnson.
“Sandy, thank you so much for allowing us to steal your husband for a few years to make this a better place,” Anderson said.
Little said the bridge over Mill Creek on Nolensville Park Road is appropriately named Lewis Green Jr. Memorial Bridge, as it sits between “the county park that he loved” and “the church he loved” as a member for 40 years. Jimmy Hendricks, the pastor of Nolensville First United Methodist Church, called for a moment of silence in Green’s memory and offered a prayer before the bridge’s dedication.
Beth Lothers, Green’s successor on the county commission and former Nolensville mayor and town administrator, recognized each of Green’s family members in the crowd, thanking them for their attendance.
“When we lose a good man, the world seems darker and feels a little colder, but when I see the light and feel the warmth that comes through Lew’s family and see the good that lives on because of the work of his hands as well as his heart and am comforted,” Lothers said. “What is good is never gone. Good remains. And what is done for the good of others, the public good keeps going even when the man is no longer with us.”