Glover marks 100th today
by STAFF REPORTS
Clifford Clarke Glover is marking his 100th birthday today.
Glover, who has spent his adult career in West Point, Ga., had a pre-birthday celebration Saturday with friends and family.
He is one of the sons of the late Howard Clarke Glover and Fannie Virginia Jones Glover. The Glovers raised their large family in a home on College Street next to what is now the Male Academy Museum. His siblings included four brothers and four sisters, including Virginia Glover Cook Graham, who lived in West Point from her marriage in 1925 to her passing in 1982. Among other siblings well-known to Newnanites are Doctors Howard and Nat Glover, who were longtime pediatricians in downtown Newnan, and their brother Litt Glover Sr., who was a longtime Newnan attorney.
Cliff Glover married the former Louise Liles on Jan. 16, 1937. They were married for 67 years, until her passing in January 2004. Their four children are Edmund Cook Glover, Nancy Glover Kennedy, Jenny Glover Lee and Laura Glover Thatcher. There are also eight grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
At age 91, Glover married Nicky Sapp Glover of West Point. With that wedding Cliff Glover welcomed three more children: Marshall Sapp, Becky Sapp Kilpatrick and Ginny Sapp Bailey.
Glover can be seen daily going to his office in the morning to read his mail, walking his dog, Scooter, and tidying his yard in West Point. He still lives in the same house (designed by architect Henry Toombs) he built with his wife Louise in 1937.
Famously, he bought himself a jet ski for his 80th birthday, and loves to cruise around Lake Harding. He is often seen dancing to music (and sometimes to his own drummer).
He loves to play with babies and children, and still occasionally flirts with the ladies — who all know and love him.
Cliff Glover spent his youth in Newnan and was active in Scouting, earning the rank of Life Scout. In 1950, he joined the executive board of the George H. Lanier Council in West Point, where he has served as chairman of numerous committees and as council president. He received the Silver Beaver Award in 1974.
From 1987-1980 he gave leadership to his council’s Endowment Fund development, raising almost $500,000. He was recognized with the Distinguished Citizen Award in 1988, and was the 1990 Eagle Scout Class honoree of Chattahoochee Council. He led the effort to merge the George H. Lanier Council with Chattahoochee Council. In 1985, Glover joined the executive board of the Southeast Region, where he served five years. In 1990, he was the Eagle Scout Class honoree of Chattahoochee Council. He received the Silver Antelope Award from Boy Scouts of America, Southeast Region, May 13, 1992. He was named Chattahoochee Council’s 2003 Eagle Class honoree on the same night his son, Edmund Glover, was elected president of the council.
Glover graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1934 with a degree in civil engineering.
Glover retired from construction company Batson-Cook Co. in West Point in 1994. He served in many positions, culminating as chairman and chief executive officer. His career with Batson-Cook spanned almost 60 years, interrupted only by his service in the Civil Engineer Corps of the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II.
While with Batson-Cook, 1940-1944, he served as chief engineer for contractors in the construction of the U.S. Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla. This project included an outlying field at Banana River, which is now known as Cape Canaveral.
As a lieutenant in the Navy in 1945, Glover was selected by the commanding officer from the Naval Air Station project to follow him to serve as chief engineer for contractors at the China Lake Rocket Testing Center in Inyokern, California.
Glover likes to tell the story that he said “thank you for that offer, but I want to fight in the Pacific,” according to family members. The commanding officer replied, “Son, when you’re in the Navy, you do as you’re told!” So off went Cliff Glover to the desert, where he was joined by his wife and three children for the remainder of World War II.
Glover has been chairman of West Point Board of Education, chairman of West Point Municipal Planning Board, board member of First National Bank of West Point, chairman of the board of trustees of First United Methodist Church of West Point, president of the Rotary Club of West Point, chairman of Lanier Memorial Hospital, a fellow and member of the board of trustees of LaGrange College and director of Riverside Country Club.
He is past director and president of the Georgia Branch of the Associated General Contractors, a board member of Georgia Council on Economic Education, and a board member of the Joint Tech-Georgia Development Fund.
He received the Award of Merit from the Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, was named a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, and received the Golden Hammer Award from the Atlanta Chapter of the Professional Construction Estimators Association.
He was named 2002 recipient of the Buck Hill Award from West Point Rotary Club. It is the highest honor the local club can bestow.
Last year, at his 99th birthday, his daughter said, “You know, Daddy, growing old is not for sissies.”
Glover thought for a second and replied in all seriousness, “I don’t know, I don’t think it’s going to be that bad.”