William “Bill” Eugene Glenn, 88

by | April 11, 2017 9:24 pm

   Funeral services for William “Bill” Eugene Glenn, 88, of Swainsboro were held Monday, April 10, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Swainsboro First United Methodist Church with Rev. Benjie Varnell, Rev. Scott Brenton, and Dr. Bill Woodson officiating. Interment followed in the Swainsboro City Cemetery. He died Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Emanuel Medical Center.

   Mr. William “Bill” Eugene Glenn attended Glennville High School before transferring to Swainsboro High School for his senior year. He graduated from SHS in 1946. He completed his freshman year of college at Georgia Southern before going on to the University of Georgia, where he earned both his degrees and enhanced his already strong love of the “Dawgs.”

   Glenn served in the United States Air Force in Greenland and Alabama from 1951-1953. He loved winning and encouraged his students to dream big and to set and meet high standards and aspirations. As an educator at Valdosta High, serving as the Distributive Education (DE) coordinator, he led one of the most successful programs in the state’s history. Glenn’s DE Club won first place in the state Distributive Education Coordinators Association (DECA) competition for nine consecutive years, and his 1960 class was the National Chapter of the Year. Two of Glenn’s students served as national officers and one served as Officer of the Year. He also served as the president of the State DECA for three years. As Valdosta Tech’s coordinator of instruction, he promoted cohesiveness and strong bonds of respect for learning with both staff members and students. One of his students became the first state GOAL winner.

   His love for youth was further evidenced by his supportive services for the Hahira Boys Ranch, the Herrington Homestead in Swainsboro, and the Pineland Youth Home in LaGrange. Glenn acted as the superintendent of elections for Emanuel County and later for the City of Swainsboro.

   He loved to hunt and fish and was “president” of the Red Eye Fish Club and the Grey Feather Hunting Club. Many beloved dogs, hunters, pets, and even a few cats (real ones, not just the Valdosta Wildcats) were spoiled by him. This love extended to other animals as demonstrated by his charitable donations to numerous local and national animal care foundations.

   In Valdosta, Glenn was a charter member of Park Avenue United Methodist Church, where he served as Sunday School superintendent, member of the board of stewards, and as an usher. After moving his letter to Swainsboro First United Methodist Church, Glenn was a member of the LeRoy Williams Sunday School class. He also served on the administrative board and on various committees.

   Glenn’s civic dedication is reflected by his 12 years serving as secretary/treasurer of the Valdosta Lions Club and received the Lion of the Year Award. In Swainsboro, he was a member of the Kiwanis Club and served on the board of directors. He was also a member of the Mason Lodge No. 244 since 1952.

   Survivors include his wife, Janie Baldree Glenn of Swainsboro; one son, William  (Terry) Dale Glennn of Old Lyme, Conn.; mother of his child, Betty Jean Glenn of Statesboro; one stepdaughter, Heather C.  (Adrian) Ashof Decatur; four grandchildren, Lindsay (Richard) Lilly, Shannon Glenn, Lily Battle, and Rose Ash of Decatur; three stepgrandchildren, Samantha Hoblin, Zachery Hoblin, and Daniel Hoblin; and one great-grandchild, Connor Lilly.

   Pallbearers were Norman Greene, Lynwood Davis, Gene Wilds, Bill Rutherford, Mike Bass, Hugh Watson, Glenn Way, and Gene Ragsdale. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the LeRoy Williams Sunday School class.

   Should family and friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Swainsboro First United Methodist Church, 319 West Main St. Swainsboro, GA. 30401.

   Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.

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