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IN MEMORIAM: Arvin W. Glass, Esteemed Leader and Community Pillar

Arvin Wesley Glass, known to many of his friends and loved ones as “Clyde,” died December 17, 2023, following a brave battle with cancer. He was 78.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Glass was born on April 6, 1945, He moved to Wynne, Ark., during his teenage years and later served with distinction in the United States Army, achieving the rank of Sergeant.

After his military service, Glass embarked on a remarkable career in Memphis, dedicating 25 years to International Harvester and 25 years to Federal Express as a Maintenance Manager. His efforts were pivotal to FedEx’s operational success.

Arvin Glass in his Masonic regalia. Glass was a 33rd degree Prince Hall Mason and known among Masonic brothers as Sovereign Grand Inspector General.

Glass was also renowned for his leadership in Freemasonry, serving as the 16th Most Worshipful Grand Master Emeritus of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Tennessee. His leadership extended to over 4,000 members, exemplifying his belief in the power of community and fraternity.

Joyce Glass, his loving wife of 44 years, described her husband’s leadership best.  

“He  was a perfect example of the truism you can’t lead the people unless you love the people,” she said. “He loved people and people loved him back.”

In retirement, Glass continued to contribute to his community, engaging in various roles including treasurer of the Bluebird Estates Neighborhood Association and board trustee at Southern Avenue Charter School. He was an active member of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church and devoted to his family and home.

Glass had battled cancer multiple times over the years, fighting the disease into remission on three previous occasions. But on Dec. 17, he finally succumbed. 

Glass leaves behind his beloved wife of 44 years, Joyce; daughters Darriah (Greg) Miller and Komaca Glass; three granddaughters, one great-grandson, and a host of relatives and friends. His life was marked by his commitment to service, leadership, and the love of his community.

Funeral services for Arvin Wesley Glass will be held on Thursday, January 4, 2024, at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, 70 N. Bellevue Blvd., with visitation from 10:00 am – 11:00 am and services following immediately after.

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