Half a life ago, I met James R. Greene III, and yes, he referred to himself that way. He had purchased a recently renovated home on Ringgold Street for his grandfather, that my friend Howard Rambo had turned into a showplace.
James was one of the most self confident people I’d run into in the civilian world- and even then, talked about changing the world. Nothing was beyond his reach.
In the years since, we’ve crossed paths many times, and I’ve tracked his career, from a staff attorney at NCR to running his own shop, going after the civil rights cases and wrongful death cases that make you go hmmmm.
Officer Kevin Brame, check, Kylen English, check- he threatened to run for Mayor many times, and one time came up very short on signatures.
The Dayton Daily had no problems coming up with mud to smear him as soon as he announced, but, in his passing- this was all the ink they found worthy of mention- a short, paid obit:
GREEN, III Esq., James R. Age 55 of Dayton passed away May 28, 2014. Service June 3, 11 AM at St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church.
For someone who has been on the community’s forefront for years, he deserves a better recounting of his life than I can give-
if you have something to share about James- please do so in comments.
Dayton has lost one of our leading voices. James will be missed.