Every life has a story. Every story has a lesson that deserves to be told and preserved. Glovers was born to the proud parents of the late Greene and Beatrice McKay, on March 2, 1946 and he departed this life on December 17, 2018, in the comfort of his home with his family.
With the guidance of his parents, he became a member of Shiloh Baptist Church as a young boy under the leadership of Rev. Fields, and remained throughout his adult life. He saw the church grow, rebuilt and renamed and known as The Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. Under the leadership of the Late Rev. C.S. Pope, he was ordained into the Deacons Ministry. Glovers served faithfully as Church Treasurer, Chairman of the Finance Committee for over 25 years. He attended Bible Study, Sunday School, Morning and Evening Worship Services faithfully. He loved his Church and he purchased and installed the chandelier lights in the old sanctuary which is now the new Banquet Hall. He set and placed the steeple on the old Sanctuary. His Favorite Scripture is the 24 division of Psalms.
Glovers grew up in Headland, Alabama. He attended Elementary through High School. He played basketball and was given the name “Butterfly”. He graduated from Northside High School in May 1964. Successful work habits were instilled in him by his parents by working on the farm. Glovers went on to further his Education by enrolling in George C. Wallace State Technical Trade School in Dothan, Alabama and received his Diploma for the satisfactory completion of the course in Electricity as prescribed by the Alabama State Board of Education on May 30, 1969.
Glovers wanted to do more with his life. His first job outside the home was with the Coca-Cola Plant in Dothan, Alabama. He was still eager to do more with his life and enlisted into the United States Army and served his Country for 3 years and fought in the Vietnam War. He received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Army, the 27th day of August 1970.
He continued to serve his Country by joining the Army National Guard HHC 1203d ENGR BN in Dothan, Alabama. From the Departments of the Army and The Air Force National Guard Bureau, the Guardsman Award was presented to Staff Sergeant Glovers McKay HHC 1203d Engineer Battalion for completion of ARNG First Line Retention Leadership Course for Patriotic Service to the National Guard on January 12,1992. The Army Achievement Medal was presented to Staff Sergeant Glovers McKay for Meritorious Service as a Communications Non-Commissioned Officer during numerous Tactical Deployments and Garrison Activities. His extraordinary efforts and accomplishments reflected Distinct Credit upon himself, the 1203d Engineer Battalion and The Alabama Army National Guard on June 4, 1992. He retired from the Army National Guard on March 2, 2006, after 25 years of service as Staff Sergeant (E6) having served faithfully to receive an Honorable Discharge.
Success is where opportunity meets preparation and you know you are successful when you reach out and help others. He was employed with Alabama Power in 1971. By demonstrating his leadership ability to lead and work well with others was so outstanding, he was loved and admired by his co-workers. He received numerous awards for outstanding and dedicated service to Alabama Power.
He was apart of the Alabama Power Team along with David Roberts, Judy Skipper, Eugenia Towns, Jeff White and James Hodgson. They were experts with the latest information on energy efficient materials and equipment, when building a new home or remolding an existing one. When doors opened for Glovers, he didn’t close them behind him. He kept them open so others could walk through. He Built Bridges not Walls. He believed that the Mind is the Standard of the Man. He served as Lead Lineman for the Headland Crew. He was a member of The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (I.B.E.W.).. He retired from Alabama Power after 38 years and 10 months on March 7, 2008.
Glovers served as Worshipful Master of Fellowship Lodge #439 Headland, Al. and was commissioned to serve as Grand District Deputy of the 5th District of Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge for the state of Alabama, by the late Grand Master Dr. William O. Jones. He received his 32nd degree in Masonry in 1983 and his 33rd degree in 1995. he received The Administrative Degree to serve as Worthy Patron of Woods Choice Chapter #356, Order of Eastern Star, P.H.A. in Headland, Al. He was also a member of Wiregrass Consistory #229 in Dothan Al. He received numerous awards for Outstanding Leadership.
We saw him Courageous, an Inspiration to the next generation, Compassionate to those in need, Strong and humorous while bearing the burden of his own Health Challenges. Glovers would always give nuggets of wisdom, “To Avoid Head Trash.” “Don’t let your head be a Garbage Can for anything that does not feed your intellect, stimulate your imagination or make you a Compassionate peaceful person.” He loved sports and his favorite NBA team was the Los Angeles Lakers.
Glovers was united in marriage to Catherine Lynn on March 9, 1974 and to this union they became parents to one son, Martin Glovers McKay. Glovers was so inspired by the sermons and speeches of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., he wanted to name his son Martin. Blended to this union was a beautiful girl Sonya Ward whom he loved and adored. He loved his family and was a good father to his children. He was a father figure to his Nephews; Wesley O. Graves III, Drayton Culver, Patrick Dewitt Culver and Greg McKay.
Glover’s parents: Greene and Beatrice McKay; his two sisters: Corine and Lois, his two brothers: James and Carl preceded him in death.
He leaves his Legacy to Catherine McKay of Headland AL; his daughter: Sonya Ward of Brooklyn N.Y; his son: Martin McKay of Montgomery, AL; his sisters: Annie E. Morris of Headland AL, Vonceal Graves of Dothan, AL, Wylene Thompson of Stockbridge, GA; his brother: Clifton McKay of Abbeville, AL; his special cousins: Willie Mae Cooper of Miami, Fl, Orpha Galloway of Dothan, AL, and Vincie Cushion of Headland, AL; and numerous of cousins, nieces, nephews and many, many friends in the Wiregrass area.
Death claims the body, God claims the soul and we have the Legacy. He will be waiting for us at the exchange counter, where we will turn in our cross to pick up our crown. The size of the Loss is the size of the Love.