January 24, 1943-
March 14, 2014
MONTGOMERY, AL- DEESE, Sr., SGM Glynn Stephen, peacefully completed his journey home to be with the Lord of March 14, 2014 at the age of 71. His bride of 23 years was at his side during his transition. Glynn was born in Columbus, Georgia on January 24, 1943 to the parents of Ralph and Delia Deese. He entered the United States Army at an early age and completed thirty years of wonderful dedicated service to his beloved country. After completing Airborne Training, his assignments included Vietnam, Ft. Braggs, Ft. Benning, Ft. Bliss and various other locations both overseas and stateside. He was a graduate of the Sergeants Major Academy and attained the rank of Sergeant Major. He received many awards and decorations that included, but not limited to The Purple Heart, Legion of Merit, The Vietnam Service Medal, and The Meritorious Service Medal. He continued his service and was instrumental in establishing and developing the R.O.T.C. program at Calhoun and Central High School in Lowndes County, Alabama for 13 years. His career included providing safe transportation as a Bus Driver in the Dallas County, AL school system and Compassion 21 Inner City Ministry. He also served as a volunteer at the Montgomery, AL Cancer Center, a member of the American Legion post 0002, and The Military Order of Purple Heart. He would say his greatness accomplishment was his decision to dedicate his life to Christ. He was an active member of the North Lowndes Church of Christ, where he was an obedient servant of God. He would spread the love of Christ wherever he went. He touched and continues to touch many with his patience, soft spokeness, gentleness and words of encouragement. A soldier on the battlefield for Christ has completed his mission on this side of Jordan. Glynn was preceded in life and to glory by his parents, Ralph and Delia, daughter Donna, sisters Imogene and Barbara, and brother Albert. He is survived by his Bride Gladys, Daughter, Tiffany Payne of Murray, KY, Sons Glynn Stephen Jr., Hoschton, GA, and Paul (Shatay) Deese, Compton, CA; A Son in Law-James Ferguson of Smith Station, AL; Grandchildren Spencer and Chandler Ferguson, Matthew and Kendall Deese, and McKenzie Lamar, and Roneicus Moreau "Neicy", Aimyia Powell; He will also be missed by Sisters Velma and Norma (Henry) both of Columbus, GA; Brothers, Jerome Deese of Selma, AL, Charles (Vendetta) Deese of Seale, AL and Rodney (Carol) Deese, SR. of Charlotte, NC; and host of numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews and great-great-great nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters in Christ and friends. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM from the chapel of Phillips-Riley Funeral Home with Bro. Curtis E. Sampley officiating. Burial will follow with full military honors at Ft. Mitchell National Cemetery, 553 Highway 165, Ft. Mitchell, AL 36856 with the staff of Phillips-Riley Funeral Home directing. The family is requesting in lieu of flowers please make at donation to the American Cancer Center.
Phillips-Riley Funeral Home
2284 West Fairview Avenue Montgomery, AL 36108
Published in Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on Mar. 20, 2014