WARREN - C. Ramon Greenwood, born Jan. 14, 1927 in Warren, Ark., passed away peacefully at his home in Arlington Heights, Ill. on July 7 after a valiant fight with bone cancer. He was the beloved husband of Martha (née Holmes) for 63 years and the devoted father of Melissa (Jeff) Riemer and Mark (Cindy) Greenwood. He had five granddaughters who adored him, Emily and Katherine Riemer, and Lauren, Joanna and Melissa Greenwood. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Ophie Mae Greenwood.
Ramon served in the U.S. Army as a reporter in Greenland, earned a journalism degree at the University of Arkansas and worked as a newspaper reporter before joining the Crossett Lumber Company. He moved his family from Arkansas to Chicago in 1964 to work at Morton Salt and then became vice president-public affairs at Consolidated Foods Corporation (now Sara Lee Corporation). He was appointed senior public affairs officer for the U.S. Department of Transportation under President Gerald Ford, before being named senior vice president for worldwide communications at American Express in New York. He served as director for three American Express subsidiaries as well as Simmons First National Banking Corporation, Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, and two consumer goods companies which he co-founded with his son, Mark. He and Martha retired to Pine Bluff and lived there from 1983-2000. Ramon is the author of “Another Time, Another Place,” his memoir of growing up in Warren during the Great Depression and World War II, as well as several career coaching books. Memorial contributions may be sent in Ramon’s name to the Warren Branch Library, 115 W. Cypress Street, Warren, AR 71671.