John Ralph "Jack" Glover



LANCASTER, SC::::::::: Mr. John Ralph (Jack) Glover, age 97, passed away Monday, May 1, 2017, at Springs Memorial Hospital. He was born in Spartanburg, SC, a son of the late John Ralph Glover, Sr., and the late Ella Mae Collins Glover. Prior to his wife’s death in 2008, Mr. Glover had been married for over 70 years to his lifelong helpmate and sweetheart, Sarah Phillips Glover. Their long, loving marriage was characterized by the “fruit of the Spirit” found in Galatians 5: 22-23 – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. He is survived by a son, Donald Ted Glover and his wife Gayle of Liberty Hill, SC; a daughter, Anne Glover Hayes and her husband, Roger “RG” of Lancaster; five grandchildren: Donna Glover Bowers and her husband, Dennis of Lancaster; Phillip Todd Glover and his wife, Amy of Lancaster; Roger Glenn Hayes, Jr., and his fiancé, Sharon Niland, of Lexington, SC; Sheri Hayes O’Quinn and her husband, Steve, of Macon, GA; and Allison Hayes Scholtens and her husband, Andrew of Marietta, GA. He is also survived by twelve great-grandchildren: Lacy Bowers, Gabe Glover, Kailee Glover, Chandler Hayes Rebottaro (Sage), Mills Hayes, Jack Hayes, Sullivan Hayes, Katie O’Quinn, Rhett Scholtens, Paisley Scholtens, Holland Scholtens, and Erin Niland. Other survivors include two sisters, Elizabeth Pitts and Lil Stevens, both of Spartanburg, SC and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his beloved wife and parents, Mr. Glover was preceded in death by four brothers, Robert Lee Glover, Arthur Earl Glover, Charles Ray Glover, George Marvin Glover; infant twin sisters, and granddaughter-in-law, Karen Ebener Hayes.

Growing up on a farm in rural Spartanburg County, Mr. Glover often regaled his children and grandchildren with delightful stories of early 20th century American farm life, as well as entertaining them with intriguing tales of being educated in a one-room/all-grades schoolhouse. Mr. Glover attended Cecil Business College in Spartanburg, and as a teenager worked in the family’s retail grocery business. He later managed several textile “company stores” and eventually began working in textile manufacturing at Pequot Mills in Whitney, SC.

In 1949 he moved with his family to Lancaster when he was hired to start up the second shift Packing Department at Springs’ Grace Finishing Plant. From that early start, he began a long management career with The Springs Cotton Mills (now Springs Global). Mr. Glover was among the last remaining members of the original senior management team at Grace Finishing. He was a devoted, loving family man and a devout Christian, living his life in obedience and service to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. A charter member and beloved Elder of Grace Presbyterian Church, Mr. Glover was active in all facets of church life, serving many, many years as Clerk of Session; he was the oldest surviving member of the church. Over the years he particularly enjoyed the men’s fellowship group, the Adult Bible Sunday School Class, the Senior Breakfast Group, and the Afternoon Bible Class. In 2011 he was honored by both Grace Church and Providence Presbytery at the annual Older Adult Celebration held at Bethelwoods Camp and Conference Center, York, SC. Throughout his life, he rarely missed attending Sunday morning worship.

Following retirement from Springs in 1982, Mr. Glover became a volunteer with HOPE of Lancaster where he served for 18 years, working in the stockroom and filling orders for clients. He was an avid sports fan and particularly enjoyed Atlanta Braves baseball. In younger days, he enjoyed playing baseball, hunting, bowling, pitching horseshoes, square dancing and participating in water sports - boating, fishing and skiing - and spending time with family and friends at his cabin on Lake Wateree. He also was an active and long-time member of Leroy Springs Senior Citizens Club of Lancaster.

Seemingly, Mr. Glover “never met a stranger.” He was a true Southern gentleman and genuinely enjoyed people, striking up conversations with anyone he encountered. His gentleness and sincere interest, concern, and care for individuals was clearly evident. In short, he lived by The Golden Rule.

Services for Mr. Glover will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Grace Presbyterian Church, 1026 Grace Ave., Lancaster, SC at 11:00 AM with the Reverend Marty Simmons officiating. Interment will be at Lancaster Memorial Park. The family will receive visitors on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Burgess Funeral Home, 1800 Charlotte Hwy., Lancaster, SC. Memorials may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church, 1026 Grace Ave., Lancaster, SC 29720 or HOPE of Lancaster, 2008 Pageland Hwy., Lancaster, SC 29720. The family sincerely appreciates the love and friendship afforded Mr. Glover from his many friends at Morningside of Lancaster, as well the compassionate care he received from the staff. The family also thanks Inpatient Hospice of Lancaster for making his last days as comfortable as possible.

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Burgess Funeral Home & Crematory, 1800 Charlotte Hwy., Lancaster, SC is caring for the family of Mr. Glover.