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William Harvey McGlohorn

August 30, 1950 — December 10, 2023

Bartow, GA

William Harvey McGlohorn, 73, affectionately known to friends as Bill and to family as Pa Bill, passed away peacefully at his residence on December 10, 2023. Services to celebrate his life will be held at 2:00PM Thursday, December 14, 2023 at Believers Baptist Church in Wrens with Rev. Stacy Phillips officiating.  Interment will follow in Waldens Church Cemetery in Avera.  The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00PM Wednesday, December 13, 2023, at James Funeral Home.

Bill's passion for trucking began from a young age and continued throughout his entire life. He started as an owner/operator with his own rig before eventually joining the esteemed team at F&W Transportation. Through hard work and determination, he worked his way up to the position of Vice President of Operations. After more than 30 years of service, Bill retired due to health issues.

His love for trucking was matched only by his love for baseball. Growing up in Burke County, Bill attended Burke County Schools where he honed his skills on the baseball field. His love for the sport carried over into adulthood as he became a valued member of an adult softball league for many years.

When he wasn't working or spending time with loved ones, Bill enjoyed various hobbies and interests. He was an avid motorcycling enthusiast, embarking on memorable "Harley" road trips that brought him freedom and joy. The thrill of drag racing captured his imagination, especially at events in Jackson SC. Additionally, Bill had a deep love for horses and barrel racing.  Golf held a special place in Bill's heart until his health began to decline. He relished the opportunity to hit the green and immerse himself in the game. Camping trips to the beach, particularly at Myrtle Beach, were a highlight for Bill as he savored "people watching".   Bill possessed a musical soul and loved to sing. Gospel music resonated deeply within him, alongside hits from the 70s and 80s. Dancing was another pastime he shared with great enthusiasm.  An avid tinkerer, Bill always found pleasure in dismantling various motorized objects such as tractors, golf carts, and cars. His curiosity led him to explore how they worked, embodying his innate desire to understand the inner workings of everything he encountered.

Described as a person with immense determination and a great sense of humor, Bill had a natural ability to connect with people and build relationships. He embraced every opportunity to make others feel special and brought laughter wherever he went. His genuine warmth and kindness made him approachable to all—never meeting a stranger. Bill truly lived life large.

In 1995, Bill had a life-changing experience that deepened his faith in Jesus Christ. He accepted God's free gift of salvation through His son, Jesus, serving as a devoted member of Old Bethel Baptist Church in Bartow. As a Deacon at the church and later at Believers Baptist Church in Wrens, Bill found solace in his spiritual journey.

Above all else, Bill cherished his family. He loved them beyond expression of words and shared a deep bond with each and every member.  His family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brought him immeasurable joy, and he treasured every moment spent with them.

Surrounded by his loving family, Bill peacefully entered into his eternal home in Heaven. He leaves behind a legacy built on faith, love, and cherished memories.  Those left to cherish his memories include his loving wife, Delores Thigpen McGlohorn; his children, Matt McGlohorn (Megan) of Hephzibah and Genia Haycraft (Shane) of Louisville; grandchildren: Tyler McGlohorn, Travis Downs, Addison McGlohorn, Westen McGlohorn, Kynlee Wallace, Zadie Burgamy, Chadwick Blocker, Kaylee Blocker (Quentin Smith), Evan Blocker, Justin Haycraft (Paty), and Jaycee Haycraft; four great-grandchildren: Oaklynn McGlohorn, Maisie Story, Mason Story, and Asher Story; his sisters Pat Joyner of Hepzhibah, Donna Liebowitz (Steve) of Evans, Melissa Snellings (Allen) of Harlem, and Robbie Myers of Dearing; nieces, nephews, other extended family and friends.  Those honored to serve as pallbearers include Rodney Frost, Colby Harrell, Charles Holbrook, Gene Holbrook, Patrick Sheppard and Frank Youngblood.

Bill was preceded in death by his children, William “Lil Bill” McGlohorn Jr. and Melena Barrow Blocker; parents Lena Belle Barton McGlohorn and Atticus McGlohorn; and his siblings Johnny McGlohorn and Shirley Pitts.

As we mourn the loss of a remarkable man, we find solace in the memories we shared with Bill. His warm smile, joyful laughter, and unwavering love will forever be etched in our hearts.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, December 13, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Funeral Service

Thursday, December 14, 2023

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

Believers Baptist Church

2474 GA-17, Wrens, GA 30833

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Thursday, December 14, 2023

3:00 - 3:30 pm (Eastern time)

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