Clifford Clarke Glover passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 25 in his home in West Point, Georgia, at age 104. He was born in 1913 in Newnan, Georgia, the seventh of nine children of Howard Clarke Glover and Fannie Virginia Jones Glover. He is survived by his four children Edmund (Sandra) Glover, Nancy (Bill) Glover Kennedy, Jenny (Dick) Glover Lee and Laura (Brad) Glover Thatcher, three step-children Becky (Jim) Sapp Kilpatrick, Ginny Sapp Bailey, and Marshall (Ellen) Sapp, ten grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. Mr. Glover was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Louise Liles Glover of Birmingham, Alabama, and his wife of 12 years, Nicky Sapp Glover of West Point.
Cliff Glover spent his youth in Newnan, Georgia, and was active in Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Life Scout. In 1950 he joined the executive board of the George H. Lanier Council in West Point, Georgia, where he served as chairman of numerous committees and as council president. He received the Silver Beaver Award in 1974. He was recognized with the Distinguished Citizen Award in 1988, and was the 1990 Eagle Scout Class honoree of the Chattahoochee Council. A man of great vision, he led the effort to merge the George H. Lanier Council with the Chattahoochee Council. In 1985 Mr. Glover joined the executive board of the Southeast Region and received the Silver Antelope Award from Boy Scouts of America, Southeast Region, in 1992.
Mr. Glover graduated from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) in 1934 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity, Gorgon's Head, and the boxing team, where he earned the nickname "Battlin' Bantam."
Military / Career
Mr. Glover retired from Batson-Cook Company in West Point in 1994. He served in many positions, culminating in the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. His career with Batson-Cook spanned almost 60 years, interrupted only by his service in the Civil Engineer Corps of the U.S. Naval Reserve (Seabees) during World War II.
While with Batson-Cook in 1940-1944, he served as chief engineer for contractors in the construction of the U.S. Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida. This project included an outlying field at Banana River, which is now known as Cape Canaveral. As a Lieutenant in the Navy in 1945, Mr. Glover was selected by the commanding officer from the Naval Air Station project to follow him to serve as chief engineer for contractors at the China Lake Rocket Testing Center in Inyokern, California.
Mr. Glover has been just as active in his community as he has in everything else in his life. He has been chairman of the West Point Board of Education, chairman of the West Point Municipal Planning Board, board member of the First National Bank of West Point, chairman of the board of trustees of the First United Methodist Church of West Point, president of the Rotary Club of West Point, chairman of Lanier Memorial Hospital, and a fellow and member of the board of trustees of LaGrange College, where he earned an Honorary Alumnus Award in 2013. Mr. Glover was an avid supporter of New Horizon Community Theatre in West Point since its inception; a scholarship is given in his name each year to deserving seniors who participate in the theatre. Mr. Glover was also a past director and president of the Georgia Branch of the Associated General Contractors.
In recognition of his outstanding service he has been the recipient of the Award of Merit by the Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, and the Golden Hammer Award by the Atlanta Chapter of the Professional Construction Estimators Association. In 2002, Mr. Glover was awarded the Buck Hill Award of the West Point Rotary Club, the highest honor the local club can bestow on a member and is presented annually to the West Point Rotarian who best exemplifies the ideal of Rotary's commitment to service above self.
On his 99th birthday, his daughter remarked, “You know, Daddy, growing old is not for sissies.” Mr. Glover thought for a second and replied in all seriousness, “I don’t know, I don’t think it’s going to be that bad!” His humor, boundless energy, and positive spirit was contagious to everyone he met.
Visitation will be from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, on Tuesday, August 29, at the Zachry Center of the First United Methodist Church in West Point, followed by funeral services at 3:00 pm in the Sanctuary and interment at Marseilles Cemetery, the Reverend John Maddox officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the First United Methodist Church of West Point, Georgia (306 East 7th Street, West Point Georgia 31833) or Chattahoochee Council, Boy Scouts of America (1237 1st Avenue, Columbus, Georgia 31901).
Mr. Glover’s family wishes to express their heart-felt gratitude to long-time companions Vivian Heard and Lilla Hall, and to Tracy Rowlett, Kasey Pruitt, Anita Hewitt, Heidi Shaw, Amy Hurston, Beverly Costley, Peyton Truitt and the other wonderful caregivers at Best Choice Senior Home Care, LaGrange, Georgia, whose love and attention filled his last days with joy and adventure.
Please visit Mr. Glover’s Memorial Tribute Page at www.johnsonbrownservicefh.com to leave a condolence for his family, share a memory of Mr. Glover, or to light a Remembrance Candle in his memory.
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley, Alabama, is in charge of arrangements.