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Richard Dudley"Dud" "Red" Glover1,2,3

b. 17 July 1917, d. 11 July 2004

Family Thelma Lucille Firestone
Marriage* circa 1939  Seminole Co., OK, Principal=Thelma Lucille Firestone1 
Divorce* before 1969  TX, Principal=Thelma Lucille Firestone1,5 
Children  1. James Ray Glover
  2. Gene Dickie Glover
  3. Betty Jo Glover
  4. Linda Glover

Note   Red was married 4 times. Before he married Lucille Firestone, he was married to Billie Mitchell, with whom he had a daughter, Debbia Ann Glover and then to ?? Stewart. They had a son, Wayne Glover.

After his divorce from Lucille, he married in 1969, Wilma Jean (Daniel) Coble Watkins who died 17 Mar 2008. The following is her obit:

Wilma Jean Daniel Glover


Wilma Jean Daniel Glover

Wilma Jean Daniel Glover, 86, of Lufkin, was born August 8, 1921, in Pittsburg, Kansas, the daughter of the late Ethel Grace (Michie) and John W. Daniel. She passed away Monday, March 17, 2008, at her residence.

Mrs. Glover was a retired teacher. She was Past Mother Advisor of Rainbow Girls, and Past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. She served as dorm mother of 20 girls at the Pittsburg (Kansas) State University in 1965-66. Mrs. Glover was a member of Keltys United Methodist Church, taught Sunday School and was the financial secretary for many years. She also served on the Board of the Christian Information & Service Center and was an officer in the Keltys Neighborhood Association.

Mrs. Glover was a graduate of Westark Community College in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, and received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Survivors include her stepsons and daughters-in-law, James and Mary Lou Glover of Adamsburg, PA and Wayne and Barbara Glover of Kansas City, MO; stepson, J. Paul Stewart of Arlington; stepdaughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Blane A. Anderson of Houston and Betty and Hal Lacey of Surprise, AZ; step-grandchildren, Dudley Eugene Glover, Tammy Glover, Brian Lacey and Doug Lacey; and special friends, Bobby and Laura Ann Allison and Jimmy and Sadie Allison.

Mrs. Glover was preceded in death by her first husband, Howard F. Coble, on November 28, 1943, who died in Italy during World War II; and her second husband, Thomas Geren Watkins, in 1951, who died of injuries sustained while serving in the United States Coast Guard. Her third husband, Richard D. Glover, died following 35 years of marriage, and had served as Chaplain's Assistant at Pearl Harbor in 1944-1945. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Jeanette Daniel Shirley, in 1963.

Pallbearers will be Larry Gunter, Jimmy Allison, Bobby Allison Tom Rainey, Hal Lacey, Mack Coward, Jack Evans and James Crawford.

Expressions of sympathy in Mrs. Glover's memory may be made to Keltys United Methodist Church, 508 McMullen, Lufkin, Texas 75904.

Services for Mrs. Glover will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2008, in the Elwyn M. Gipson Memorial Chapel in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park, with Reverend Jacqueline Harmon-Snarr officiating. Interment will follow in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at Gipson Funeral Home.

Gipson Funeral Home; Philip Snead, director

An article that appeared before he death talks about her three husbands including Richard:

Published in the Lufin News (TX) Thursday, August 11, 2005

Lufkin widow remembers her 3 husbands who served in WWII

In late 1943, Wilma Jean Daniel received a letter from her husband, Howard F. Coble, fighting overseas in World War II. On the surface, the letter was typical of one sent during the war - a husband professing his love for his wife, telling her he thought of her each day. But two things tipped off Wilma Jean to the fact that this was no ordinary letter. First, he addressed her as "Wilma Jean" when he normally just called her "Jean." They had worked out a code so that if he ever did that, she was to go to the thirteenth line of the letter, and the first letter of each word would spell out his location. The line read "Can't always say, see I'm now on," which spelled out Cassino, a town in Italy. "I wouldn't have known where he was otherwise," she said, because the letters were censored before reaching their recipient in case they fell into enemy hands. Then, on Dec. 17, a telegram came. Wilma Jean wasn't at home at the time, but her mother took it, then went over to Howard's parents' house where they opened it together and found out Coble had been killed in battle on Nov. 28, 1943, the same day he wrote the letter. His wife and family would be unable to even have a funeral for him until 1945, after the war ended and his body was exhumed from his grave in Italy to be returned to Fort Smith, Ark. The town where he had gone to high school and met his wife would also be his final resting place. Wilma Jean knew her husband's death was one of countless others during the war. "It was one of those things; it was happening all over the United States," she said. She mourned her husband, and never expected to marry again, though she performed community service for her church with a man named Thomas Watkins, who had known Coble. Watkins was injured during the war as part of the Coast Guard protecting the coast near New York City, spending nine months in the hospital. And slowly, friendship turned into something more. "I think I had (already) had a husband in my life, and he was injured and didn't expect to marry," Wilma Jean said. But married they were, in July 1948. However, the war would take another of Wilma Jean's husbands. In 1959, at age 48, Watkins died of natural causes related to the injuries he had suffered. Wilma Jean said his last years were not easy ones. "He was disabled and in the last years he was bedfast (and) could no longer work," she said. After his death, Wilma Jean earned her master's degree and worked as a teacher in Kansas City, Mo. In 1969 she married a third time, to Richard D. Glover. He too served in the war, as a chaplain's assistant in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. His duties included writing messages and letters to wounded soldier's homes. Wilma Jean and Richard eventually came to Lufkin to be near one of Richard's daughters, Betty, and her husband. And it was in Lufkin where Richard died in July 2004 after 35 years of marriage. Wilma Jean turned 84 years old on Monday, and now lives in a retirement community in Lufkin. She is on no medications, and said her health is good. And while many war widows never found out their husband's cause of death in the war, Wilma Jean encountered a man in Coble's battalion when a bus she was traveling on in early 1944 stopped in the town of Muskogee, Okla. She found out her husband had been in a ravine as German bombs dropped over him. One bomb hit a tree, causing it to shatter. One of the pieces pierced Coble's helmet, killing him instantly. "(The soldier) told me exactly how it happened, which is unusual," Wilma Jean said. "You always wonder - always would like to know, just like if you had a brother or sister in an auto accident - you'd like to know how the accident happened (and) hopefully he didn't suffer. It doesn't bring him back … but it tells you a little more." She is proud of all three of her husbands and suggested part of the reason she married all military men is that there was no other kind around. "There wasn't anyone eligible to marry except servicemen injured," she said. "The only ones eligible for marriage were disabled servicemen or injured ones." While military service was more common decades ago, she said her marriages were still something special. "I just feel like it's unusual to have had three (husbands) that served." Lareign Ward's e-mail address is 
Birth* 17 July 1917  Sayre, Jefferson Co., AL2,3,4 
Marriage* circa 1939  Seminole Co., OK, Principal=Thelma Lucille Firestone1 
Census* 1940  1940 Federal Census, Oklahoma, Seminole County, Seminole City, Ward 1, ED: 67-33, Series: T627, Roll: 3332, Page: 65B, April 24
Sheet 65B, 11 East Hazelong Camp
47, 260, O, 120, No, Glover, Richard D, Head, 0, M, W, 22, M, No, H1, 9, Alabama, 82, , Same Place, , , , x0x0, Yes, -, -, -, -, 1, 60, , Bottler, Bottling Plant, PW, 490|x0|1, 47, 940, No,
48, 260, , , No, Glover, Lucille, Wife, 1, F, W, 18, M, No, H1, 9, Missouri, 66, , Same Place, , , , x0x0, No, No, No, No, H, 5, , , , , , , 0, 0, No,
49, 260, , , No, Glover, James, Son, 2, M, W, 0/12, S, No, 0, 0, Oklahoma, 86, , Same Place, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,2 
Divorce* before 1969  TX, Principal=Thelma Lucille Firestone5 
Death* 11 July 2004  Lufkin, Angelina Co., TX3,4 
SSN* 11 July 2004
given name: Richard
middle name: D
surname: Glover
name suffix:
birth date: 17 July 1917
social security number: 421-03-2297
state: Alabama
last place of residence: Lufkin, Angelina, Texas
previous residence postal code: 75904
event date: 11 July 2004
age: 87
Collection: Richard D Glover, "United States Social Security Death Index"4 

Last Edited 5 Mar 2013

  1. [S1537] Firestone, Anna.
  2. [S1286] 1940 U.S. Federal Census , 1940 U.S. Federal Census.
  3. [S1542] Unknown compiler, 29 Jul 2008.
  4. [S129] SSDI Death Index,.
  5. [S1360] Texas Marriages, 1966-2010.

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