William "Bill" Eugene Glenn

Born: Sat., Sep. 22, 1928
Died: Wed., Apr. 5, 2017


1:00 PM to 2:30 PM, Mon., Apr. 10, 2017
Location: First United Methodist Church/Swainsboro

Funeral Service

3:00 PM Mon., Apr. 10, 2017
Location: First United Methodist Church/Swainsboro


Location: Swainsboro City Cemetery

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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.


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John (Wormy) Manning
   Posted Fri April 07, 2017
I wish to express extreme grief and regret at Bill's passing but am comforted in knowing that he didn't suffer and is now in the arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Bill and I go back to his teaching days in Valdosta and spent many enjoyable times hunting, fishing and watching the Dawgs play. We also attended several Nascar races together and in general enjoyed the fellowship we had together. My deepest sympathy goes out to Janie, other family members and friends during this difficult time. Janie was a great wife to Bill and think was his better half. God Bless you all, comfort you and give you peace. I will be unable to attend the funeral due to prior commitments but my heart will be with you all.

Avie Sue Hagan Roesch
   Posted Sat April 08, 2017
Mr. Glenn, as he was known to me back in my DECA days at Valdosta High School, was a wonderful teacher and DECA leader, as evidenced by all the awards his chapters won. I was priviledged to go on trips to the State conference in Savannah and National Conference in Chicago with him and others, some of the highlights of my high school days. May his family find comfort in knowing what an influence he had on a then 16 year old back in the early sixties. Rest in peace, Mr. Glenn, job well done!

Melanie Tudor
   Posted Sat April 08, 2017
Mr. Glenn was DE teacher at VHS. He was one of the best teachers I ever had. I learned a lot about life, too. I had to smile when I saw the statement about wanting to win, striving for perfection. He took several of us to Atlanta for a state conference with several competitions. I was in the window display. Your teacher could not be with you. When we got back he was waiting for me. He peppered me with questions and I told him (honestly) I didn't think I did very well, and that all the windows we judged were cluttered and really not good. We were both very surpried when I got either 2nd or 3rd (it's been a while) in the State. When they called my name he jumped up and ran to my table and gave me a huge hug. Several people on the vHS fb page have been talking about those memories. I hope your good memories bring you comfort and peace.

Terry Godfrey
   Posted Thu April 13, 2017
Mr Bill was my favorite high school teacher, I don't think I would have achieved as much success in business , without his early training and encouragement. May God comfort you Jamie and family at this time. Sorry was not at the funeral didn't find out about Mr Bills passing until today.
Terry Godfrey

Roger Budd, Jr
   Posted Tue April 18, 2017
To Mrs. Glenn and Family. Bill Glenn was a Great Gentleman, Teacher, and Role Model.
I took DE in high school in Valdosta under "Mr. Glenn" in 1967 and '68. It was a Great Experience to say the least. Mr. Glenn was Fantastic. Everyday was fun in his Classroom.
We learned a lot more than Distributive Education from "This Great American!"
We went hunting a few times during those years with Coach Basemore. Such fond memories. Mr. Glenn "coerced" me or "Strongly Suggested" that I Run for State President of DECA. He did all the background work. He was the Star of Georgia DECA. All I had to do was make the Acceptence Speach. Great Moment in my life! Bill Glenn will always be among my best-loved Mentors. My Prayers and thoughts are of him and for you family members during this time. Bill Glenn was "One of a Kind"! He will not be forgotten!