Delphine Michael Glover – Obituary

by Lynn McMillen
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Delphine Michael Glover, age 87, beloved wife of John Dee (J. D.) Glover Jr., died peacefully at her home on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. Her immediate family members were at home with Delphine during her last days. Delphine passed away after her courageous battle with cancer.

Delphine was born in Lexington, Alabama on July 27, 1926. After high school, advanced schooling, and work, Delphine and J.D., and later their two sons, with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), lived in Alabama, Tennessee, and West Paducah / Kevil, Kentucky. All then relocated in 1968 to Delphine’s birth area, Lexington, Alabama. Delphine, J.D., and their immediate family ‘have worked for and remained close TVA family members for some sixty years’.

Additionally, during World War II and the Korean War, Delphine totally supported J.D. and our nation — in J. D.’s every military action.

Delphine’s funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 19, 2013, at the Lexington United Methodist Church, Lexington, Alabama. The casket will be placed in the church’s main sanctuary at 10:00 a.m., October 19, 2013 for family viewing. The family will then receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until service time. The service will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Burial will follow in the Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens, Florence, Alabama. Brother Sam Hayes, Lexington United Methodist Church, will officiate. Elkins East Chapel Funeral Home (Center Star, Alabama) is assisting the family.

The Lauderdale Sheriff and surrounding quality teams will provide guidance, security, passage, and honors to Mrs. Delphine Glover from the Lexington United Methodist Church to the Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens, Highway 72 East.

Delphine was preceded in death by her:  father — William McKinley Michael (Lexington); mother — Carrie Liverett Michael (Lexington); and two sisters — Wylodean Buckner Mitchell (Birmingham) and Jane Ellen Jackson (husband Alvin, Killen).

Delphine is survived by her:  husband — J. D., (Lexington); two sons — Colonel Charles William Glover and wife Judy, (Madison) and Dr. David Wayne Glover and wife Doreen, (Killen); two grandchildren — Dr. Lorie Glover Dawson and husband Dr. Buddy Dawson (Madison), and Lisa Marie Glover, (Madison); two great-grandchildren — Thomas Glover Dawson (age 3) and William Henry Dawson (age 1).

Other family survivors include:  two brothers — H. Edgar Michael and wife Juanita (Florence), and Allison A. Michael (Pampano Beach, Florida); one sister — Imogene Bostick and husband Lebert (Killen), brother-in-law Alvin Jackson (Killen); and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Mr. James Carl Holden, Dr. Buddy Dawson, Mr. Michael Gray, Mr. Steve Michael, Dr. Daniel Michael, Mr. Gary Campbell and Mr. Robert Gerald Campbell. Senior Pallbearer is Mr. H. Edgar Michael. Honorary pallbearers are the “Men” of the Lexington United Methodist Church.

The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Building Fund, Lexington United Methodist Church, Lexington, Alabama, 35648.

The family expresses their heartfelt and greatest appreciation to:  Dr. David Brown, Internal Medicine (Florence); Dr. John Waples, Clear View Cancer Institute (Huntsville); Dr. Rao Nadella, Neurology (Huntsville); Dr. David Engle, GYNONC (Huntsville); Dr. Melanie Montgomery, Internal Medicine (Huntsville); the nurses and staff of Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital (Florence) and The University of Alabama Medical Center and Hospital (Huntsville).

A very special ‘thank you’ goes out to the Southern Care Hospice, specifically our true angel, ‘Ms. Rose.’

Truly appreciative are Colonel Ronald W. Bratcher and wife Sue (Gallatin, Tennessee), and Senior Master Sergeant Michael W. Bratcher and wife Laura (Hooks, Texas), and all their family members for total loyalty / encouragements. The Entire Family Appreciates Your Commitment.


Comments — recently received; thank you all:

“Delphine is a Christian — not by word but by lifestyle.”

“Throughout her lifetime, Delphine remained centered in her family. Her beloved husband, J. D. and all their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were the hub of her very existence and her greatest joy. She was a tireless worker, leader, manager, and reader. She possessed the greatest sense of humor and enjoyed traveling the world. Every day Delphine knew where her family members were and what they were doing. Returning to Lexington was her reward for days well spent.”

“Delphine always had the ability to make people feel good.”

“Many lives and families are better because of Delphine. She was about Process and always Moving Ahead — no matter what.”

“Delphine loved many things in life. She loved flowers and plants, transferred from many past generations. She collected and grew these over many years. She knew each plant and flower by name and the history related to each.”

“She always had the highest level of confidence, loved everyone, had the greatest mental and physical strength, and demonstrated daily the greatest positive attitude in life.”

“Grandmother:  You taught us the meaning of right and wrong, the ‘Golden Rule’, how to work hard, how to do our very best each day, and how to care for others.”

“Mrs. Delphine touched the lives of so many over the years. She knew how to provide a needed laugh. No matter what, she was proudest of her accomplishments as a Daughter, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grand Mother, Christian, and Friend To Everyone — Always.”

“Delphine and J. D. were high school sweethearts — she was the love of J. D.’s live.  And J. D. made sure he remained the love of Delphine’s life each and every day. Delphine and J. D. were a ‘special team’ for over 67 years in marriage. Every day she offered opportunities and challenges. ‘This team’ never failed each other, their family, community, or those they came in contact with.”


“The best parents one could every hope for / desire. Mother and Daddy put their family first. If one ever had an issue or concern, Mother and Daddy were always totally supportive and understanding. No matter what, both parents made clear the positives and negatives and crossroads ahead. What inspirations! We love you both always.”

“Mrs. Delphine was the type lady that everyone just loved being around. She made people feel special, feel good, and made everyone smile. She made everyone special. This was Mrs. Delphine’s greatest gift!”

“She lived by the words — ‘What is yours is yours. What is mine is yours!”

“She was so humble. She never forgot anyone and everyone was her friend.”

“Mrs. Delphine taught the importance of values such as character, integrity, hard work, religion, and self worth. So many know her two great sons and how well they developed, matured, and are still leading.”

“Our Mother is the example of how to live life and how to die — always the greatest, always the best in life, and fighting until the end. This, she has done so valiantly.”

“Your Mother taught each of us the meaning of happiness, the importance of family, how to love people and how to be great citizens.”

“Delphine is the lady who was quietly ahead of her time, a wonderful Mother of two, who balanced family, motherhood, and community throughout her life.”

“Mrs. Delphine, we treasure your loving memory.”

“Mema, as always, you have set the direction for us and so many. You and Granddaddy are with us every hour and every day. To our future. We Love You.”

“So many love you for always being available, no matter what. Many lives are better because you always cared. Thank you.”

“We will always love and remember you.”

Special thanks to the Lexington United Methodist Church for all their support.

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