OBITUARY: Judge Burton Dunn Glover


Judge Burton Dunn Glover passed away on June 10, 2024, after a brief illness.

Burton Dunn Glover was born on January 3, 1939, to Burton Wilks Glover and Mary Louise Dunn Glover of Springfield, Tennessee.

He was a high school graduate of Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, Tennessee. He then studied at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. As an undergraduate, he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and the Order of the Gownsmen academic society.

Later in life, he received a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Nashville School of Law. Following the death of his father during his senior year of college, Burton assumed control of Glover Auto Company, an auto dealership established by his grandfather, H. B. Glover. He later became a partner in Barber Motor Company, an auto dealership in Springfield.

He then changed professional course, attaining a legal degree, and pursing the practice of law. He served as General Sessions Judge and Juvenile Judge for Robertson County. During that time, he was elected President of the Juvenile Judges for the State of Tennessee. He was instrumental in establishing the Robertson County Recovery Court, a compassionate legal avenue for those struggling with addiction.

After retiring from the bench, he served as a County Commissioner for Robertson County, and continued with a private legal practice. Judge Glover was also a lifelong farmer, operating Hereford Hills Farm until his death. This family farm, established by his grandfather H.B. Glover, has raised cattle, tobacco, and other crops for over 100 years. He loved dogs, especially German Shepherds. Several loyal shepherds preceded him in death and await him in Heaven.

Judge Glover loved athletic endeavors. He supported the Springfield Yellow Jackets, witnessing his children play for that school. He also loved the Tennessee Vols, representing his wife’s alma mater, and the Vanderbilt Commodores, representing his mother’s alma mater. He loved operating heavy equipment, motorcycles, muscle cars, boating, snow skiing, and water skiing. He loved his friends and had many tales to tell of their escapades through the years.

Judge Glover was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Springfield, the Robertson County Bar Association, the New Chapel Men’s Club, and was a Trustee of the Glenn Memorial Women’s Clubs.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Ann Louise Glover Baker, and his brother-in-law, Dr. Joseph T. Fuhrmann.

He is survived by his beloved wife of fifty-four years, Suzanne Cook Glover; beloved children Colonel (Ret) Burton Cook (Anna) Glover of Tampa, Florida, Dr. William Bryan Glover of Nashville, Tennessee, and Dr. Annie Glover (Phil) Spicer of Springfield; grandchildren William Emerson Glover, Molly Glover, Helen Glover, Katherine Glover, Phillip Spicer and Burton Spicer; niece Sara Baker Cloward of Oakdale, California and brother-in-law Bruce P. Baker of Oakdale, California, sister-in-law, Mary C. Fuhrmann of Murray, Kentucky, nephew Christopher Fuhrmann of Santa Clara, California, and niece Maria Fuhrmann Humphries of Memphis, Tennessee.

Services will be held on Friday, June 14, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Springfield, Tennessee, with Reverend Jason Jones officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday, June 13, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Austin and Bell Funeral Home in Springfield, Tennessee, and Friday, June 14, 2024 at the church, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Springfield.

Active pallbearers are Mac Baggett, Jr., Chuck Browning, Thad Corbin, Terry Grant, Chief Jason Head, and Michael Nixon. Honorary pallbearers are Bobby Dean Bagby, Mac Baggett, Sr., Roger Blackwood, Denny Choate, Johnny Crabtree, Wayne Jones, Steve Moss, Dr. Bill Shasteen, Ted Stubblefield, David Thomas, Jeff Walker, Winfield Wilkins, and Dr. Teresa Williams.

The Glover family requests that memorial contributions be made to the First United Methodist Church in Springfield or the charity of your choice

Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of these arrangements.



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