MELISSA – Wednesday, July 15, 2015 marks a dark time in the memories of Melissa residents. That was the day the community lost one of its bright lights, 17-year-old MHS student John Colby Green. He died that day from injuries suffered days prior in a one-car accident as he was returning home from work in McKinney. The fateful spot was near the intersection of U.S. Highway 75 and Highway 121. Green, an organ donor, ejected from the vehicle.

On Thursday, June 1, Melissa remembered Green — and sought to perhaps save others — with Green Day, an occasion featuring the wearing of Click It For Colby T-shirts and wristbands. And on Thursday night, Melissa’s water tower was bathed in green light in his honor.

The day was meant as a surprise for Green’s parents, Dollie and John Green, who will soon be moving to Louisiana. Dollie has been an MISD teacher for the past 12 years. MISD administrator Duke Sparks spoke at Green’s funeral at First Melissa.

“He was just full of life,” Sparks said on Thursday. “Dollie Green, she is a pillar of strength.”

Melissa boys athletic director and head football coach Seth Stinton said what stood out for him about Green was his sense of humor. “He was always smiling and cracking a joke. Really, he was just one of the kids that everybody wanted to talk to and everybody wanted to go hang out with, and just be his friend. And he was friends with everybody.”

Heather Lane, head coach of Melissa girls basketball, recalled Green fondly as well.

“Colby was a great kid — funny, caring and witty,” she said. “I had him in class when he was a sophomore. He didn’t exactly love school work, but he loved his school.” She added, “Click It For Colby, young people. Don’t ever forget.”

Of the Green Day remembrance, Stinton said, “Hopefully, it honors the family. His family means a lot to our school and to the district. Both of his little brothers and his sister are just great, and obviously, his mom works in the district. To me, that’s the biggest thing — honoring them and letting them know that we remember him. We’ll never forget him. He’s a big part of who we are and of this community. That’s the kind of community that we have. We support everybody. When something like that happens, obviously, it hurts them, it hurts everybody. The main thing is, hey, we support them and we remember Colby.”