The Dart: Ferriday man proud of hard working genes

Published 1:12 am Monday, July 17, 2017

By Lyndy Berryhill

FERRIDAY — The breeze was blowing Friday afternoon, but it was not enough to cool off one small neighborhood in Ferriday.

Children played in kiddie pools, cats basked in the sun, and Cedric Green was tending to his neighbor’s lawn

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When The Dart landed on Good House Street, the hum of the weed trimmer was the only sound that could be heard.

Green’s straw hat kept what little sun was shining through the trees from his eyes.

“It’s been raining, but I got a chance to do it today,” Green said. “But it’s hot.”

Green is a man of many uniforms.

He is a custodian for the Concordia Parish School District. He cleans 11 different schools and says he has always loved working with children and education.

He mops, sweeps and cleans up other people’s messes. When necessary, Green even attends to blown out light bulbs.

He works until 4 p.m. when he puts on another uniform for his second job. That is when he puts on the long-sleeved shirt, pants, closed-toed shoes and his straw hat and gloves. He runs his own lawn maintenance business of just one man.

Green said he enjoys the tedious jobs he does. Sometimes it gets mundane, yet the soft-spoken resident says he has never been one for having a lot of hobbies.

“I take my time, and I do what I got to do,” Green said.

He does not take a day off. Most days after school, he cuts grass or trims weeds until dark before heading home to his wife.

The couple likes quiet evenings at their house where they grow flowers.

His hard working genes have passed on to his children.

One son went to Grambling State University and now works in Gulfport. One daughter is a local law enforcement officer. One daughter will be teaching in the Tensas Parish School District this fall. His other daughter works for Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality in Baton Rouge.

Green said he is very proud of all four of his children for their work ethic.