Glenda C. Till of Fayetteville died at her home on May 15, 2015, after a valiant, year-long fight against a vicious and debilitating cancer at the Duke Cancer Center. She was born at Rex Hospital in Raleigh on December 16, 1942 to the late Rev. Ralph Lee Cannon and Martha Yarborough Cannon. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers Ralph and Steve Cannon. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Frank; daughters, Sharyn Till O'Briant (Tim) of Aiken, SC and Martha Till Cade (Joseph) of Fayetteville; two grandsons Colin and Brendan O'Briant; three granddaughters Julianna, Lilly and Catherine Cade, as well as six nieces, two nephews, eight great-nieces and five great-nephews.
Glenda graduated from Gray H.S. in Winston-Salem in 1960 (now NC School of the Arts) and Wake Forest College in 1964. She met her husband Frank in a history class at Wake Forest in 1961. Glenda was a member of the Wake Forest Choir and the Spring Touring Choir. While at Wake Forest, they were both good friends of the late Brian Piccolo and his fiancé Joy. Glenda subsequently earned a M.A. in Family Counseling from the U. of Texas and an M.A. in Guidance Counseling from Campbell University.
Glenda and Frank were married by her father in a military wedding on July 31, 1965 at Southside Baptist Church in Winston-Salem while Frank was home on a 7 day compassionate leave serving with the XVIII Airborne Corps during Operation Power Pack in the Dominican Republic. During Frank's Army career they were stationed at Fort Bragg, NC; Fort Benning, GA; Omaha, NE; Hilo, HI; Fort Carson, CO; Fort Greeley, AK; Fort Hood, TX; and Fort Bragg where Frank retired in 1983.
Glenda had a successful career in education. Starting in 1965, she taught English at Fayetteville Senior High/Terry Sanford/Cape Fear H.S., and The Fayetteville Academy. Thirty years later, the Academy continues the summer reading program she initiated as English Department Chair. She was a Guidance Counselor at Ann Chestnutt M.S. and Southview Senior H.S. and Terry Sanford H.S. before she and Frank retired on the same day (June 30, 2003). Glenda was the Tech Prep Coordinator for the Cumberland County Schools and the Fayetteville Technical Community College.
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Besides her family, music and travel were a passion in Glenda's life. She had a beautiful voice and sang in several church choirs over many years. Her travels took her to five continents and over two dozen countries, including Australia, Bali, Russia, United Kingdom, and crossing the Panama Canal from the Pacific to the Atlantic. In the last 30 years, Glenda and Frank made a number of trips back to the Big Island of Hawaii to visit life-long friends.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 pm at Jernigan Warren Funeral Home in Fayetteville on Tuesday, May 19. A memorial service will be held at Haymount United Methodist Church at 11 am on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Children's Home Society of NJ, 635 S. Clinton Avenue, Trenton NJ 08611; The CARE Clinic, 239 Robeson Street, Fayetteville NC 28301; or the Till Scholarship at The Fayetteville Academy, 3200 Cliffdale Road, Fayetteville NC 28303.