Bobby L. Glover

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Obituary of Former State Senator Bobby L. Glover of Carlisle
July 5, 1936 – October 27, 2021

 Former State Senator Bobby L. Glover, 85, of Carlisle passed away on October 27, 2021. He was born July 5, 1936, in Carlisle to W.H. & Hazel Glover. Senator Glover was a graduate of Lonoke Public Schools and he participated and lettered in all sports. He received his education in accounting through LaSalle University and was a licensed public accountant.

Senator Bobby L. Glover was first elected in 1972 to the Arkansas House of Representatives. His district included Beebe and parts of White County, as well as Lonoke County and Prairie County. In all, Senator Glover served 20 years or 10 terms as a member of the House and is a former Speaker Pro-Temp.

He served eight years in the state Senate, representing District 28. It included Lonoke County, parts of Pulaski, Prairie and Arkansas Counties. During his 28 years of service in the Arkansas General Assembly, his greatest pleasures centered around the many opportunities he had to help his constituents and communities in his district. Shaking hands, making calls, attending community celebrations, stumping for legislation, fundraising for educational progress, highways, or rural development – no job was too large or too small for Senator Glover.

Senator Glover became chairman of the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee, which makes sure that tax dollars are properly spent. The committee audits expenditures by school districts, institutions of higher education, cities, counties, and state agencies.

He served as vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Revenue and Taxation and was a member of the State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Joint Budget Committee, the Joint Performance Review Committee and the Committee on Transportation, Technology and Legislative Affairs. During his tenure in the Senate, he also was a member of the Legislative Facilities Committee and the Senate Rules Committee.

The Arkansas legislature is a citizen legislature. While representing his constituents at the state Capitol he also was President & CEO of the Glover Insurance Agency in Carlisle and Lonoke, and President & CEO of Chambers Nursing Home Center in Carlisle.

In 2011, after he had left the Senate, then-Governor Mike Beebe appointed him and reappointed him in 2014 to the state Board of Correction, which oversees the operations of the state Correction Department and the state Department of Community Correction. Governor Asa Hutchinson reappointed him to the Board in March of 2021. He was a supporter of efficient, well-run state prison units and helped strengthen parole laws.

List of other service include: ten years as Mayor of Carlisle, Chairman of the University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute Advisory Board, Executive Director of the Arkansas Municipal Police Association, Director of Governmental Affairs for the State Police Association, Chairman of the Legislative Pardons and Parole ad hoc Committee that tightened the Arkansas parole system to strengthen protection from violent and habitual offenders, 17 year member of the Arkansas State Police Foundation Board, Delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1979-80, Chairman of the Carlisle Veterans Memorial Commission, 22 year member of the Baptist Health System Corporation Board, Citizen of the Year of 3 communities – Carlisle, Lonoke and Stuttgart, Member of the Chamber of Commerce’s of Cabot, Carlisle, Lonoke, Stuttgart and Ward.

Senator Glover was a Gideon and member of First Baptist Church, Lonoke. He was a member of the Hazen Masonic Lodge 361 and served as chaplain. He was a 32º Mason and Shriner and a recipient of the Pillar of Solomon.

Senator Glover was preceded in death by his parents, brother Bill (Ethelle) Glover, granddaughter Michelle Brooke Glover and the mother of his three children, Helen L. Glover. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Elmore Glover; three children, Keith (Mary) Glover of Stuttgart, Robin (William) Rountree of Carlisle and Lee Glover of Carlisle; five grandchildren, Mark (Brooke) Glover of Little Rock, Kristen (Barrett) Belew of Little Rock, John Robert Hart of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dr. Ashley Glover of Jonesboro, and Christopher Hart of Little Rock; 5 great-grandchildren, Addison Glover, Harper Glover and Weston Glover of Little Rock, J.T. Belew and Bennett Belew of Little Rock. He is also survived by stepchildren Rodney (Jennifer) Elmore of Lonoke, Christi (Jim) Smith of Catlettsburg, Kentucky and step grandchildren Sterling Elmore of Washington, DC, Chandler Elmore of Pensacola FL, Taylor & Drew Smith of Catlettsburg, KY.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to his niece Judy Glover Cordell who took him to numerous doctors’ appointments, ballgames, and events over the years; Dr. Chris Morgan for his wonderful care as his primary physician; and the entire caring staff of Chambers Nursing Home & Rehab. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Arkansas State Police Foundation, 5702 Dreher Lane, Suite 3 Little Rock, AR 72209 or any other charitable organization of donor’s choice.

Visitation will be between 5:00-7:00 pm on Friday, October 29, 2021, at the Carlisle Civic Center, 215 S Court Street, Carlisle; a Celebration of Life service on Saturday, October 30th at 11:00 am First Baptist Church, Lonoke. Interment will be at the Carlisle Cemetery where he will receive Masonic rites.

Arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home (Hazen). Online guestbook,

16 thoughts on “Bobby L. Glover”

  1. Melinda L Hickman

    He was a wonderful Boss and Christian Friend. May God Bless his family during this time. He was a blessing to all who knew him.

  2. Keith and family, I was sorry to read about your father’s passing. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Debbie Walters Milligan

    Dearest Keith, Robin, Lee and your families. There are no words to express my sorrow for all of you. To lose both parents so close must be difficult beyond words. I adored the whole Glover Family. I still think of Grandma and Grandpa Glover even to this day, and how happy Miss Hazel was when she found out I became a nurse. All of you will always hold a special place in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  4. So proud to say I knew Bobby. I worked for his family for years in the nursing home. He cared so much for all the patients. Always very kind to me. You will be missed by so many for everything you did for Prairie Co. Thank you and God bless you, Pam Del Giorno

  5. Russell and Neldia Penn

    Bobby was a great friend,if we said Mr.Glover he would look and say Bobby,to us he was A Southern Gentleman he will be missed..

  6. Billy and Gail Booth

    As an extraordinary gentleman, public servant, and friend to all, Bobby Glover left a legacy that will be cherished and appreciated for years to come. The fruits of his unselfish labor are abundantly evident. For constituents, he led in securing rural water delivery systems, paving roads, improving transportation infrastructure, etc. For individuals, he helped job seekers, aided anyone in need, expressed sympathy to the bereaved even to the point of attending countless funerals, attended weddings and community events, wrote notes and letters of congratulations, encouragement, appreciation, sympathy, etc. With his strong, highly effective political leadership he seemed to be a leader above us, but somehow simultaneously he amazingly remained one of us, preferring to be called “Bobby.” He never forgot his roots. We shall miss him, but we will cherish our memories of him. May God’s Word and His Holy Spirit (the “Comforter”) provide strength, comfort, and assurance to his family and many friends.

  7. Condolences and all of my sympathies for the family. It was an honor to have known and worked with this man, in a minor way, during his time in office. Many thanks for his service – and the time he took away from his family. As Betsy Hagan said: he was one of the good ones! You are in my prayers. Rest In Peace, good and faithful servant.

  8. Rebekah Brewer-Lewis

    Lee, Robin, Keith, so sorry to hear about your Dad. He accomplished many things for the communities he served and the State of Arkansas, you can be very proud. May you find peace and comfort in the coming days.

  9. Charles Cummings

    God bless you my old childhood friend. It apperas I will not be able to coduct your masonic funeral and present Dad’ poem to your kids as we discussed so many times; and Leigh Anne will not sing for you. But you know it will all be done in rthe spirit of brotherly love and our love for you and your family.
    Your memory will be with me always. I will always remember what afriend your mom and (Helen & Bill) was to my mom and dad. (Odell & Arthur)Our love for you and your family will always run deep in our heart. Rest in Peace old friend, I will see you soon.

  10. Dee Dee Reaves-Rogers

    It was hard to hear about Helen passing earlier this month, momma (Rosie) told me she was able to see Bobby at Helen’s funeral. It saddens me so much to hear of Bobby’s passing. He was a wonderful man. I always saw him as this big, tall man with such a big smile and contagious laugh when I was a little girl. I haven’t seen him in years. My condolences to Lee, Robin and Keith. You are in the hearts and prayers of the Kaufman clan.

  11. Our condolences to Senator Glover’s family. Arkansas Legislative Audit was honored to serve under the leadership of Senator Glover. He had the heart of public servant, and was a man of integrity. He was always kind and treated the legislative staff with honor. I am grateful to have had his influence upon my life and service. Senator, you are missed.

  12. Christina & Jeff Ramsey

    Our sincerest condolences to the Glover family at this time of loss. Bobby leaves a great legacy of leadership, public service, and dedication to the community. His smile was always so bright when he greeted people and he had a kind spirit. I feel blessed to have known him. Our heart and prayers are with you all as you deal with 2 great losses so close together.

  13. Eddie & Brenda Addison

    Our prayers are extended to this family. Bobby Glover was a great public servant and friend to all. His memory will be cherished by all who knew him.

  14. Brett & Vanessa Jackson

    Mr. Bobby always had a warm smile and a kind word, he set a great example for everyone. our prayers and condolences for all of his family.

  15. Dear Mr. Glover’s Family and Friends:: Please accept my sincerest condolences on your loss. I am asking The Holy Spirit to pour His peace and contentment, comfort and joy, down over you all, like warm honey. Bobby and my late husband, Bo Dougan, were friends, “back in the day”! Blessings to you all. Libbie Dougan. Phil. 4:13

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