Robert Glenn Thrower, Sr.

September 14, 2021

Robert Glenn Thrower, Sr. passed peacefully in his home in Walnut Hill, Florida on Saturday morning, September 11, 2021. He was 85.

Glenn was born in Trenton, in Paint Rock Valley of Jackson County, Alabama. He and his parents, the late William Arthur Thrower and Lillie Myrtle Sanders, moved to Walnut Hill, Florida in 1948 and remained lifelong residents. Glenn is also preceded in death by two brothers, James Arthur Thrower of Section, Alabama and Hollie Wayne Thrower of Walnut Hill, Florida, and one sister, Mary Lucille Thrower Page of Scottsboro, Alabama.

Glenn inherited an appreciation for music from his mother, and played trumpet and trombone in the Ernest Ward High School marching band. He loved singing and harmonizing, and later played guitar and mandolin. As a child of the Space Age, Glenn was fascinated with science and chemistry. After studying at Pensacola Junior College, he began a 35-year career with Monsanto as a microscopist in the chemistry lab.

In 1961, Glenn had the good fortune of persuading Nina Gail Joiner to marry him. They shared a love of travel, historical research, fishing, gardening, and a sense of humor.  Glenn and Gail raised two children, the late Robert Glenn Thrower, Jr. (Tina) and Lori Ann Thrower Sawyer (Thomas) of Walnut Hill, Florida.

Glenn was proud of his children, and his grandchildren Rachael A. Thrower, Sara E. Sawyer (Daniel Wallace), Cheryl Thrower (Joey Nasser), and Sehoy Thrower.

Glenn served as a Sergeant in the National Guard Reserve. He enjoyed sports and playing golf. He was active in the church throughout his life and loved his church family wholeheartedly. A voracious reader, he could hold a lively conversation on almost any subject.

In 2011, Glenn’s wife Gail died after 50 years of marriage. Seeking renewed purpose, he and his daughter Lori began volunteering on archaeological excavations with the University of Alabama. Glenn cherished the five years he worked with his beloved ‘digging buddies’.

Glenn appreciated the tireless work of his Hospice chaplain, social workers and home health nurses. He was also grateful for the kindness and dedication of all his caregivers, most recently Sandra Stewart, Elizabeth ‘LeAnn’ Qualls, Ashley Paul, Cynthia Freeman and Miranda Lee.

Visitation will be from 6pm – 9pm Tuesday, September 14. A memorial service will be held at 10am Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home of Atmore, Alabama; with Rev. LaDon Hall and Rev. James Stickle officiating.

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