The family table at S&S Cafeteria on Walton Way has lost one of its own.
When regular diners went through the food line this week, Ozell Green wasn’t waiting at the end to carry their tray and deliver Heinz 57 to their table. His infectious, upbeat spirit and above-and-beyond work ethic were obviously missing.
Green, 56, died Friday at Georgia Regents Medical Center of unknown causes. He was buried Tuesday at Mount Olive Memorial Gardens.
The unexpected death left many of his friends and regular customers without their dependable dinnertime chatterbox.
“Ozell was there, he was on time, he wanted to make sure everything was perfectly all right,” said Freddie Handy, a longtime friend and S&S customer.
Green, who attended Lucy C. Laney High School, worked three jobs for decades. He was employed at King Mill for more than 30 years and
also was a paper carrier for The Augusta Chronicle.
But Green found time for his favorite hobby – bowling. He was a longtime member of the South Augusta Flames Bowling Club.
“We’d go on forever. All day, every day with a smile there, catching up on life and bowling,” Handy said.
Inside the cafeteria, a makeshift memorial board was on display this week before it was taken to the viewing and funeral services. Customers signed the board, giving thanks and saying goodbye to Green.
“S&S is never going to be the same without him. Our customers loved him to
death,” said Melissa Williams, a cashier at the cafeteria.
Some customers were so overwhelmed learning of Green’s death that they left the cafeteria without eating, Williams said.
Green met his wife, Carmen
LaJune Green, 27 years ago when she worked as a S&S server, Williams said. He had a son, Antonio Evans.
Regular customers asked to be served by Green and no one else, Williams said. He was also popular for joking around with children and giving them candy suckers.
S&S server Jo Anne Powell grew up with Green. He lived on Broad Street and she on Ninth Street.
Through his adult life, Green carried the same kind spirit he did as a child, Powell said.
“He’d do anything for you,” she said. “Always nice, sweet Ozell.”