Manuel Greenberg of Galveston and Houston passed away on July 30, 2007 after a lengthy illness. Born in Galveston on September 13, 1920, he was a band leader under the name of Manny Green from 1948 until his retirement last year, and had also retired from the Galveston County Sheriff Department in 1988 with the rank of captain. He served as president of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 74, for 20 years, and was active in the Big Band Academy of America and the National Ballroom and Entertainment Association. The NBEA had awarded him both the Best Regional Band title in 1998, and an Achievement Award in 2003.
He served in the South Pacific during World War II, winning four bronze stars.
A lifelong member of Congregation Beth Jacob, he belonged to Harmony Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Arabia Shrine, and El Mina Shrine Temple, volunteering in its Shrine Burn Institute until ill health intervened. He was also in VFW Post 880 and had passed the 55-year mark in Elks Lodge Number 126.
Manny is survived by his son Jack Greenberg and daughter-in-law Jane of Houston; two granddaughters, Janet Wilkerson and husband Steve of Houston and Jerri Parker and husband Darryl of Birmingham, Alabama; five great-grandchildren, Walt, Joe and Elaine Wilkerson and Mitchell and Kelly Parker; and his fiancée and best friend Frankie Catoe.
Burial will be in Galveston at Beth Jacob Cemetery, 61st Street & Avenue T, on Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 10:30 A.M, with Rabbi James Kessler officiating. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.