Ann Glover spent many years serving the citizens and students of Clinton and Sampson County. It’s that hard work and dedication that most people remember about her.
Glover died Sunday at Day Spring Assisted Living Facility in Wallace.
Patty Cherry met Glover in the late 1960s when the two were serving on the Clinton High School band boosters board. When Glover left to join the Clinton City Board of Education, where she was the first female to be appointed to the board, Cherry followed and the “dynamic” duo worked for nearly a decade for the betterment of Clinton’s students.
“Ann Glover was truly a first lady,” Cherry said as she recalled fond memories of her friend. “They called us salt and pepper. She was my sister in Christ.”
Cherry says that her relationship with Glover went beyond the two serving on local boards together. They shared a bond and were there for each other throughout those most memorable times in someone’s life.
As much as she loved Glover for her true friendship, Cherry says it was how her friend stood and fought for education that has left a lasting impression.
“Ann believed in education,” Cherry explained. “She would often say that it didn’t always take a degree (to get things done), but it did take love and common sense.”
Color is something that Cherry says Glover never saw.
“Everybody loved her and she loved everybody,” Cherry shared. “That’s one thing that has always stuck with me about Ann.”
Glover spent more than three decades working at Sampson Community College with the college’s Foundation. Starting in 1978, Glover retired in 2010, but not before she established what current Foundation director Lisa Turlington deems a legacy.
“Ann Glover was a trailblazer for working women in North Carolina, and she is remembered throughout the state as a leader in development for the community college system,” Turlington said about her successor. “She left big shoes to fill at Sampson Community College when she retired in 2010, and I have had the privilege of continuing the legacy she established with a campus drive giving campaign of 100 percent participation, the Sampson Classic Golf Tournament in memory of Bill Johnson, the Phonathon that has evolved into a live television event, endowed scholarships that change the lives of students, and community events that engage partners across the county.”
Those contributions, Turlington said, are the reason the college continues to progress and grow. Dr. Bill Starling, SCC president, who worked with Glover while she was at the college, would agree.
“This week our college community remembers the unique contributions of Ann Glover in the life of Sampson Community College,” Starling noted. “It was only through her personal energy and active engagement that business, professional and community leaders united to form the SCC Foundation. Ann’s vision is evident in so many of the Foundation activities that are continued today that have help provide scholarships for students.”
Sentiments of Glover’s love for education echoed when Dr. Bill Aiken, former president of Sampson Community College, was asked about memories the two shared while at the college.
“Mrs. Glover was truly an enthusiastic supporter of Sampson Community College,” Aiken attested. “Her genuine concern for students and staff was remarkable. Making many personal sacrifices for the college, it was not at all uncommon to find her diligently at work on a project into the late hours of the night. There are many people throughout Sampson County who were able to complete their education because of Ann’s tireless efforts. Countless scholarships were established through her work. She has surely left her mark on numerous individuals.”
When Dr. Mac Herring moved to Clinton, he says he took care of Glover’s children, Deb and Delton. Years down the road, before his retirement, he was taking care of her grandchildren. While Herring says he saw a loving mother and loyal church member in Glover, it was the passion for education that stands out most in his mind.
“She was very dedicated to the job she was doing at hand,” Herring said. “She always put the interest of the students first.”
Glover’s work with Sampson Community College fills the memories Frank Butler has of the former foundation director. It was during those years working for the college and the Foundation that Butler says Glover worked tirelessly to raise money to help provide aid to needy students who wanted an education.
“Ann was a dear friend who will be truly missed,” Butler shared. “She would always have words of encouragement to everyone she met and gave credit to everyone else but herself, yet she was the guiding light of the Foundation.”
Many words could be used to describe Glover, but Butler likes dedicated, devoted, inspiring and encouraging.
”Ann truly, truly loved Sampson Community College and I could see the joy and happiness beaming on her face every time her mission to help others was accomplished,” he added. “Needless to say, Ann was very happy and rightly so.”
Glover was born in Wilson County to the late Grover and Lilly Lee Bissette. She is married to Tommy Delton Glover, and together they have a daughter, Deborah Anne Glover Shea, a son, Tommy “Delton” Glover II and four grandchildren.
After moving to Clinton, and while raising her children, she was the first appointed female to the Clinton City School Board, where she held the office of chairperson for 10 years. Prior to her tenure on the Clinton City School Board, she chaired a bond referendum which successfully raised $2.5 million for Clinton City Schools. Another one of her passions was crafting and she took that craft to a new level, owning a small arts and crafts business, where she taught numerous workshops and classes.
Following her retirement from Sampson Community College in 2010, she remained active with the Foundation.
Glover was a member of First United Methodist Church where she was a member of the choir, a beloved Sunday School teacher, a MYF Leader and a member of the Methodist Women’s Group.