Danny Smith Glover

Danny Smith Glover

Suffolk, VA
06.03.1946 - 03.20.2020

            As the sun rose on March 20, 2020, Danny Smith Glover left this world peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Born June 3, 1946 in Suffolk, Danny was the loving son of Odom Smith Glover and Myrtle Powell Glover. He was a 1964 graduate of Holland High School where he was a star on the football and baseball fields as well as the basketball court. A highlight of his talent was playing in the annual Pine Bowl, an event that also featured his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 52 years, Sally Sue Smith Glover. Leading the way for Danny as he was growing up and throughout his life was his inseparable older brother, Charles D. Butch Glover. Danny was also blessed to have two sisters, Velna Griffin and Jeane Brown.

            After high school Danny embarked on the next chapter of his life which included a combination of hard work and education. He worked his way through Old Dominion University and graduated in 1973, earning a bachelor’s degree in business. His time at Old Dominion is remembered by car pool rides with good friends, making dean’s list and filling the entire first floor of the KA house with sand for a beach party. Also while a student, Danny enlisted and served his country in the National Guard. During his time in the National Guard he was a qualified sharpshooter and met lifelong friends.

            Leaving Suffolk, he and Sally relocated to Richmond where Danny continued his education and began working in the trucking industry. Their time in Richmond resulted in a master’s of business administration from University of Richmond as well as two adoring children, Lisa Carol Glover and Charles Ryan Glover. When their time in Richmond came to a close, the family moved back to Suffolk. In 1977, with a single truck and a few trailers, Danny and his brother Butch started two family trucking businesses, GTL Transport Co. and Glover Trailer Leasing. Their dedication and approach of putting others before themselves created the foundation that has allowed both businesses to continue to thrive in the family name. In his 43 years in the industry Danny was respected for his work ethic, honesty and commitment to the trucking community. He served on numerous boards and committees through different organizations including Port of Virginia, Tidewater Motor Truck Association and Virginia Maritime Association.

            Danny had many interests and passions. Most notably was his association with International Scouts. He was a founding member and Virginia director of Southern Scouts, an organization created in 1996 dedicated to the preservation of International Harvester vehicles. Among many best-in-show awards and trophies, his crowning achievement was receiving the Ted Ornas award in 2011 for his 1964 Scout 80 model. That award, named after the original designer of the Scout, was presented to Danny by the granddaughter of Ted Ornas at the Scout Nationals competition in Springfield, OH. His 1964 Scout restoration is also featured in the International Scout encyclopedia. He was proud of his many awards, however his greatest joy was fixing Scouts for other family members to own. His love of classics was not limited to Scouts, he had an affection for any good-looking car with a strong motor. He liked being on the water. He helped his father build a boat and he once waterskied the entire span of the Nansemond River from the James River Bridge to Constant’s Wharf in downtown Suffolk. He also enjoyed exploring uncharted roads on his Harley-Davidson, restful weekends in the Outer Banks and discovering the next best place to eat. He was a loyal supporter of his alma mater Old Dominion Monarchs and since high school held the utmost respect for his Duke Blue Devils basketball team.

            As he moved into the last phase of his life, his greatest pride was undoubtedly his four grandchildren, Henry and Ruby (Charles and Kim), Sarah and Grace (Lisa and Stephen Keith). He was a faithful fixture in the stands at their baseball games, sitting sideline at their basketball games and front and center at their dance performances. He also met two very special individuals during his final days, Jae and Tracey.

            All who knew him were better for it. Danny had an infectious smile and a great laugh coupled with a sharp sense of humor. He was the main attraction in any room, could fix anything and gave the best advice. His was truly a life well-lived.

            Services will be private. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Johns Hopkins Interstitial Lung Disease Clinic to support the development of new treatments for pulmonary fibrosis.  Condolences may be registered at RWBakerFh.com.

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Guestbook

Praying for comfort for you family during this difficult time.

Julie Mitchell

Julie Mitchell

Condolences to Dannys Family. I had the privelage to work for Danny and Butch for 16 years. As some of us that worked there would say, they were the fun years of Trucking. Danny was always a inspiratiion when you had a problem and would offer advise on a moments notice. I will truly miss talking to Danny when i come over to the shop because he would always ask how i was doing in my Trucking Business. Losing Danny will leave a big hole in a lot of peoples lives, but we all know that we are better for knowing him. Rest In Peace My Friend.

Johnny Saunders

My deepest sympathies for the loss. It was my pleasure to meet and work with Danny.

Ward Best

To the family of the late Mr. Danny S. Glover, my sympathies and condolences are extended to you all. 2004, I encounter a serious injury and Danny and his wife was there for me. May the Lord continue to Bless you all.

Lonnie Hodges

I’d like to give my condolences to the entire Glover family. After knowing Danny for over 20 years, I found out early in knowing Danny that he always gave good and sincere advice. He will surely be missed by every one who knew him. The one mistake that you could make around Danny that he would straighten you out on quickly is “Don’t call that Scout a Jeep”.

Curtis Joyner

Sally Sue - I was so saddened when Kay (Boone) Byrd called to tell me about Danny. I am truly sorry for your loss. I remember Danny as always smiling and fun to be around. He will be missed by everyone who came in contact with him. You are in my heart and prayers.

Brenda Dunn Johnson

Dear Sally, Lisa and Steve, and All,
Danny's smile portrays his joyous, generous attitude toward life and
others. In our shared conversations together, Danny shared positive
encouragement and support with me in every situation. I felt his
fatherly concern and listening ear in our talks, and appreciated his
continued and faithful emotional support. I marvel at the practical
skill and expertise in automobiles which he passed on to Stephen. I
have become such a big fan of simple gas engine technology through
Danny's influence! Danny always had an open door in his heart for
family. Danny overwhelmed our family with
hospitality by sharing his beach home with us. We had touchstone
times of building relationships with each other in and around that beach home, exchanges that I will always cherish. Danny always wanted
the best for his family. We enjoy the benefits of his friendly and
caring heart. I appreciate and cherish him, and I look forward to
seeing him in heaven, too.

Jim Keith

Jim Keith

I have been in the GTL family for over 23 years. Danny gave me a chance in 1997 never having worked in the trucking industry. Over the years he taught me so much and gave so much of his time to make me a better person. Being a new and recently single mom at the time proved to be very hard for me and his caring and generosity was what helped me through. As said before, first a boss but what a truly great friend he became. He taught me so much about the trucking industry and life that I will never be able to repay him or his family for what they've done for me and my family. I will miss him dearly and will never forget. All the Glover family will always be in my heart and prayers.

Debbie Hampton

Sally and family and Butch and family. We have each and everyone of you in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time in your lives. Danny showed his love through so many ways. His love for his family, his love for his hobby's, his love for his business, his love for his employees but mostly, his love for life. He touched so many through his life and will continue to leave his legacy through each person he has ever been involved with. We wish you better days soon. Bless your broken hearts.

Jim and Sheila Ward and Family

Sincere sympathy to all family members.

Sarah Savage

Sally Sue, the memories are flooding back after finding this sad news on a posting today. Although it has been several years since our shared time at HHS, please know the two of you have top of mind. My sincere condolences to you and the family in your bereavement.
Linda Darden Hedgepeth
Class of '65
Linda.EdgeRealty@gmail.com

Linda Darden Hedgepeth

Starting about 10 years ago, I had the pleasure to work on a trucking project with environmental impacts with Danny Glover for the Port of Virginia. He was the first trucking company to embrace the idea of the newer cleaner engines and helped me promote it to the region. I will always be grateful for his help and for his sense of humor about work and life. He was a true gentleman and a delight to work with! My condolences to the family.

Debbie Thomas

Debbie Thomas

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