Walter Marshall Glenn, 81, of Franklin, Tenn. (Fernvale resident), and born in Elkins, W.Va. on Nov. 30, 1929, went to be with the Lord Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Marshall Glenn and Helen Deffenbaugh Glenn Wright; stepsister, Georgette Glenn; and grandson, Jerry Gaylon Foster III (Baby Jay).
He is survived by his loyal and loving wife, Betty Lou Harbaugh Glenn; daughters, Vicki Angela Carter, Lark Ellen Foster and Robin Gayle Parks; son, Howard Gordon Glenn; grandchildren, Marshall Dane Smith, Christopher Glenn, Cory Joseph Glenn, Heather Jade Parks and Holly Heveron-Smith; and three great-grandchildren all of whom were his joy in life. He also is survived by his sister, Mary Ann Hammann (Conrad); and stepbrothers, Marshall Glenn II and James Strider Glenn.
Walter was a graduate of Charles Town (W.Va.) High School and West Virginia University.
In his early years, he was a farmer as well as a teacher of science and vocational agriculture.
His favorite free time was spent on the golf course.
Before moving his family south, Walter, along with his family, designed and constructed Sleepy Hollow Golf and Country Club in Charles Town, which will be celebrating its 50th year.
He worked for Agrico and Hardi-Gardens before establishing his family business, Flower Power Landscape and Garden Center in Franklin. Walter and his daughter, Lark, hosted various garden radio talk shows, for many years being broadcasted on WLAC, WTN and The Tennessee Radio Network. They also authored "The Tennessee Gardener's Guide."
Walter was a member of Hillsboro United Methodist Church in Leiper's Fork, Tenn.
Walter was laid to rest Oct. 19, 2011, at Harpeth Memory Gardens, Highway 100, Nashville, Tenn. The private service in the chapel was attended by immediate family and officiated by Pastor Tom Herring, followed by a graveside service. Just as Walter would have loved, everyone gathered afterward with dinner and fellowship, having family time to share memories of one of the most unique and humble men on this side of Heaven. Other than his Savior Christ Jesus, family was the most important thing in his life.
A Celebration of Life will be Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, at Grace Chapel, 3279 Southall Road, Franklin, with visitation at 2:30 p.m. and service at 3 p.m. For more information on directions and lodging, go to www.gracechapel.net.
Memorial contributions may be made to some of Walter's favorite local charities such as Mercy Children's Clinic, Grace Extended (at Grace Chapel) and his church home Hillsboro United Methodist Church, Serenity Garden Fund.
A special heartfelt thanks to Dr. Gwendolyn Howard and the loving staff at NHC Cool Springs.
Walter M. Glenn, 81
NOV. 30, 1929-OCT. 16, 2011