Merle Lloyd Greene

Published 1:41 pm Wednesday, November 29, 2023

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Merle Lloyd Greene announce her passing.  Merle died peacefully in her home on November 12, 2023.

Born on April 25, 1939 in Queens, NY, Merle was the first child of Reverend Samuel Joel Lloyd, Sr. and Cinderella Coaxum Lloyd. Merle lived in NY until the age of 11 when she moved to Charleston, SC, to live with her aunt Isabell Coaxum McWilliams. She attended Avery Institute until 1954 when they shut their doors. In September of 1954 Merle attended Burke High School where she played on the basketball team and met her life-long friends Dolores, Barbara, Alfred, Dottie and Gwendolyn. In 1957 Merle was a debutante of the Gamma Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Charleston, SC. She graduated from Burke that same year.  After graduation Merle studied at Hampton Institute in Virginia for two years. She then decided to move back to NY and began working for the City of New York.

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In 1961 Merle worked at CPS, Childrens Protective Services, where she became a case worker for neglected and abused children. She later worked at Greenpoint Hospital as a Social Worker and finally at NYC Health and Hospital Corporation where she retired in 1997.

On October 12, 1961 Merle married Edward Greene, Jr. of Charleston, SC. They married in New York and welcomed their daughter in the summer of 1964.

In 1999 Merle moved to Tryon, North Carolina where she became active in the community. She volunteered at Habitat for Humanity, she was a member of the Friendship Counsel and worked on several committees at Tryon Presbyterian Church where she was a member. She was an avid Bridge player and played on a regular basis with a local Bridge club.

She is predeceased by her only sister, Zereta Pearl Lloyd and survived by her only child, Stephanie Renee Greene, her two brothers, Samuel Joel Lloyd, Jr. and Robert McDowell Lloyd, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday December 6, 2023, at Tryon Presbyterian Church in Tryon, NC, with Dr. Dr. Allan Purtill officiating.

Merle will be laid to rest in Charleston, South Carolina.

An online guest register is available at

McFarland Funeral Chapel

Tryon, North Carolina