George Washington Glover's Life's Journey
George Washington Glover, 90, found eternal peace on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at his home. He was born on January 9, 1930, at Passavant Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Andrew W. and Beulah Armstrong-Glover, and he was the 3rd born of their 12 children.
He grew up in the Hill District and attended Enon Elementary School there. Then, at six years old, George moved with his family to a farm in Evans City, Pennsylvania, where they owned hogs, cows, chicken, sheep, and horses. At eight-years old, he started to work on the farm by carrying large buckets of feed for the animals. The buckets were so heavy that he and his brother, Calvin, would have to carry one bucket together.
Life on the farm showed itself to be extremely rough for them. They lived about 1/4 mile from the highway, where they had to pick up 100-pound bags of coal for the stove to keep them warm in the house. They also had to cut wood for the furnace.
To help the family, George later worked on a farm nearby where he was paid $3.00 a day to drive a tractor and a team of horses.
In his academic life, he attended Evans City High School where he played football as a left end and ran outdoor track.
Every Friday night after his football games, George attended square dances and learned how to square dance, which he enjoyed very much.
When George was 16 years old, his mother passed by an untimely death at the age of 40. He was very angry, and disgusted by this, and subsequently quit school when he was in the 10th grade.
His first job was at the Park Building downtown as a maintenance man, but the work was so difficult that he quit after five weeks. He then got a job at the J. S. McCormick Company where he worked for one year.
Afterwards, he joined the army in 1949 when he was 19. His basic training was in Fort Dix, New Jersey and his tour of duty was in Germany, during the Korean War, for three years after WWII was over.
After the service, George used the GI Bill to attend Washington Vocational High School and completed his 11th and 12th grade education. He then attended Connelly Vocational School, where he took Auto Mechanics and South Vocational School where he took Aeronautics.
After the service, George married Amatta Barker. During their 25 years of marriage, they had nine children: George, Barbara, Brenda, Ronald, Larry, Sharon, Rhonda, Tim, and Jasmine.
On November 11, 1978, George married Nancy Jones, who brought two sons to the marriage-Phil and Christopher. They had one child together, Tyrone. At the time of his passing, they were married for 41 years.
George worked hard to take care of his children. He worked for the City as a sanitation truck driver, and later retired in 1981 after 25 years. He also worked at the U.S. Post Office and retired after 33 years in 1985.
Fourteen years after his retirement, George worked with Walter McElroy who was a painting contractor. At 75-years-old, George decided that he wanted to move on, so he quit.
George was saved and baptized at the Corinthian Baptist Church at age seven. He served as an usher and helped with cleaning the church. In 1978, he joined Bethany Baptist Church at his wife's church. They had been attending together for 41 years.
George's favorite colors were blue, red, and black. His favorite food was fried chicken and mashed potatoes. His favorite candy was peanut brittle, his favorite type of music was the Blues and his favorite artist was BB King. His favorite song was "Amazing Grace".
His philosophy on life was "When we go through trials and tribulations, we should just thank God for everything because "IT'S ALL APART OF LIFE".
He will be surely missed by his loving wife, Nancy; sons and daughters; stepchildren; sisters and brother; grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and a host of relatives and friends.
His lord said to him, "Well done, thy good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord. (Matthew 25:23)
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