Larry Cortez Glover Jr., passed away on April 23 at his home in Walker at the age of 84.
He was born in Denham Springs on Dec. 28, 1937. Larry started school at Denham Springs Elementary and discovered the game of basketball in the third grade. As an eighth-grader, he played on the DSHS varsity team where he received the nickname “Half Pint” because he was so small. In his senior year, 1956, DSHS won the State Class A basketball and softball championship. He was inducted into the Denham Springs Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012. Larry continued his education at Louisiana College in Pineville, La., on a basketball scholarship, where he lettered four years and lettered two years in baseball. He graduated cum laude in June 1960 as class president with a B.S. in math education. In 1968, he received his master’s degree in education from LSU and then received his master’s plus 30 from Southeastern.
Larry’s first teaching and coaching job was in EBR parish at Central High School. He then taught one year at Glen Oaks High before returning to Central for nine years. In 1971, Larry became principal at McKinley Jr. High. In 1973, he became assistant principal at Baker Jr. High, and, in 1979, principal at Prescott Jr. High. After 20 years of service in EBR Parish Schools, Larry retired and took a principalship in Hitchcock, Texas, before becoming assistant principal at Clear Creek High in League City, Texas. In 1984, Larry became athletic director for C.C.I.S.D. and retired in 1993. That same year, he also retired from officiating in four conferences of NCAA basketball for over 20 years.
After retiring, Larry and his wife, Connie, moved to Pagosa Springs, Colo., where they built a log house on a fishing lake at the foot of the San Juan Mountains.
Larry is survived by his wife of 61 years, Connie Wilkinson Glover; his sons, Tommy Glover, of Walker, La., and Tim Glover (Jennifer), of Houston, Texas; his daughters, Teresa Glover, of Trabuco Canyon, Calif., and Tammy Glover Novak (Jack), of Dallas, Texas; his brother, Malcolm Glover (Charlene), of Denham Springs, La.; and sisters Norma Fletcher, of Snyder, Texas, and Pat Sartwell (J.W.), of Livingston, La.; his six grandchildren: Jack and John Novak, Taryn Novak Federer (Austin), of Dallas, Texas, Carrie Zeller, of Denham Springs, La., Mia and Kota Glover, of Walker, La.; and his four great-grandchildren Cora Federer, of Dallas, Texas, Olivia West, of Trabuco Canyon, Calif., and Bayleigh and Maddox Martinez, of Denham Springs, La. He is preceded in death by his parents, Larry Cortez Sr. and Minnie Irene Whitehead Glover, and father- and mother-in-law Rex Valry and Carrie Milton Wilkinson.