Our dear Robert Henry Glover lovingly known by most as “Bob” and by a precious few as “Pop”, passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2019 after a long and inspiringly courageous battle with a cancer called multiple myeloma. Long before the cancer and even during the cancer struggles, Bob lived a most fulfilling life which began on April 3, 1941 in Worcester, Massachusetts to the joy of his loving parents Burt and Sophie Glover. Bob’s formative years were spent in Massachusetts being raised with his two younger and beloved brothers Ron and Rick. Bob enjoyed athletic pursuits especially wrestling which segued into his lifelong passion for weightlifting and working out. In his late teen years, the Glover family moved south and eventually landed in the Greenville, South Carolina area where Bob graduated high school. Then Bob attended Clemson University where he continued his staunch workout regimen and graduated with a degree in math. It was during this time that Bob met and married his lifelong partner and loving wife Kay Glover. After multiple jobs in the banking industry and fathering two boys and one girl, Bob moved his family to Griffin Georgia in 1972 to work for former Commercial Bank. Upon moving to Griffin his third son was born and Bob immediately started to make what proved to be lifelong contributions to the Griffin-Spalding County community that he grew to know and love. In his first year as a Griffin resident, Bob joined the board of the Flint River Council of the Boy Scouts of America. There he served in a variety of capacities including two years as President and a year as treasurer. Through the years Bob has served through many local organizations including treasurer of Pine Valley’s Girl Scout Council, Chairman of the Board of Spalding Regional Medical Center, Chairman of the West Central Georgia Workforce Investment Board, Chairman of Spalding County Republican Party, President of the Griffin Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors of the National Beer Wholesalers and Georgia Beer Wholesalers. He was a member of the Griffin Rotary club. He joined the First United Methodist Church as a member in 1972 and truly loved his involvement in the Men’s Bible Class. In April 2003, Bob was awarded the Exchange Club man of the year for 2002 in honor of his hard work and dedication to his community. Upon leaving Commercial Bank, Bob worked as vice president and general manager of Jackson Beverages Inc. for several years and has always been active in real estate investment and property management.
Bob was always known as mister calm, cool and collected in his day-to-day dealings. But underneath that James Bond-esque exterior was a huge and loving heart. Bob absolutely loved being around his family. He also loved to travel. When fate mixed travel with family, Bob experienced pure joy. Bob did not forget those less fortunate as he would always bring home the downtrodden most of which were little more than strangers during the holidays to give them that sense of family and fellowship they would be denied without Bob’s welcoming invitation. Bob was so compassionate to all the animals he lovingly cared for over the years. Bob was especially fond of his constant companion Pep, a miniature poodle and cat Jingles. Bob loved gardening, watching FOX News and any kind of HGTV fixer-up show. He always subscribed to Southern Living magazine primarily for the recipes to give to his wife Kay.
Bob was more of a doer than a talker. He was always active and pursued life to the fullest. In his spare time, Bob would do things such as go out and get his pilot’s license. Bob would regularly work out in the gym where he would always seem to meet new friends. One of his favorite mottoes was “you will have plenty of time to rest when you die”. But we know Bob still hasn’t missed a workout in his new home in Heaven.
Bob is preceded in death by his father, Henry Burton Glover. Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Kay Elliott Glover. His children: son, Chris Glover (fiancée, Brittany) of Griffin; daughter, Tracy (Jim) Peavy of Griffin; son, Brian (Karen) Glover of Griffin; son, Brad (Judy) Glover of California. His grandchildren: Henry, Lily, Hailey (Ryan) Johnson and Charlotte, Abbey, Elle, Lauren, Noah, Basil, Brayden, and Mac.
Bob’s nearly one-hundred-year-old mother Sophie Glover and brothers Ron (Charlotte) Glover and Rick (Janis) Glover and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Not to mention a large group of caring and loving friends.
Special thanks to Brightmoor Nursing Home for their professionalism while caring for the elderly and infirm. Bob and his family have the utmost respect for the care they provide to this community each and every day. Also, special thanks is given to Dr. Moravineni and his staff as well as Northside Hospital for extending Bob’s life well past the norm and doing so in a very dignified manner. Bob always looked forward to his cup of coffee with the doctor and his loving staff even without an appointment. And finally, special thanks to brothers Ron and Rick who took weeks out of their schedules to make sure Bob had successful stem cell transplants and to special friend Jim Pridgen who was always there when Bob needed him.
Because his pets gave him unconditional love and enriched his life, Bob will be honored to have donations made in his memory to Dolly Goodpuppy Society or First United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.
A “Celebration of Life” service will be held at 4:00 pm Saturday June 8, 2019 at Griffin First United Methodist Church. The family will receive visitors beginning at 2:30 pm in the Welcome Center.