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Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of Mr. William "Bill" Eugene Glenn, age 88, of Swainsboro, GA, on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Emanuel Medical Center.
Funeral services will be Monday, April 10, 2017 at 3 PM in the Swainsboro First United Methodist Church with Rev. Benjie Varnell, Rev. Scott Brenton, and Dr. Bill Woodson officiating.
Interment will follow in the Swainsboro City Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the Swainsboro First United Methodist Church on Monday, April 10, 2017 from 1:00 PM until time of service.
Pallbearers are Norman Greene, Lynwood Davis, Gene Wilds, Bill Rutherford, Mike Bass, Hugh Watson, Glenn Way, and Gene Ragsdale.
Honorary Pallbearers are the LeRoy Williams Sunday School Class
Bill attended Glennville High School, transferred to Swainsboro High School for his senior year, graduating 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."
Mr. 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 set and meet high standards and aspirations. As an educator at Valdosta High, serving as the Distributive Education Coordinator, he led one of the most successful programs in the state's history. Mr. 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 his students served as national officers and one 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. Mr. Glenn acted as the Superintendent of Elections for Emanuel County and later for the City of Swainsboro.
Bill 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 Bill 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, he was a member of the LeRoy Williams Sunday School Class. He also served on the Administrative Board and on various committees.
Bill'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 #244 since 1952.
Survivors include:
His Wife: Janie Baldree Glenn of Swainsboro, GA
One Son: William Dale Glenn (Terry) of Old Lyme, CT
The Mother of his Child: Betty Jean Glenn of Statesboro, GA
One Step-Daughter: Heather C. Ash (Adrian) of Decatur, GA
Four Grandchildren: Lindsay Lilly (Richard), Shannon Glenn, Lily Batlle, and Rose Ash.
Three Step-Grandchildren: Samantha Hoblin, Zachery Hoblin, and Daniel Hoblin.
One Great Grandchild: Connor Lilly
Condolences may be submitted online at www.durden-hudsonfuneraldirectors.com
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 is in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mr. William "Bill" Eugene Glenn of Swainsboro, GA.
Published on  April 7, 2017
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