COLUMBIA - Having no further need of his earthly body, Glenn Arnold King entered into heaven on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

Born on Dec. 14, 1950, in Sumter, to the late J. Willard and Frances Baker King, Glenn was a lifelong resident of Columbia.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Gayle Cantey King; and is survived by his loving wife, Cecile Sanderson King; daughter, Stacey King Howell (Adam) of Charlotte, North Carolina; grandchildren, Cally, Jones and Wright; stepson, Jason Gough (Kristen) of Myrtle Beach; and brother, C. Leon King (Angeline) of Sumter, more recently of Columbus, Ohio.

Glenn was a 1969 graduate of Edmunds High School in Sumter and a 1974 graduate of the University of South Carolina. He retired from the S.C. Budget and Control Board, Retirement Division, as well as the S.C. Air National Guard. He remained active in the National Guard retiree group long after completing his service to his nation.

Glenn was a lifelong member and deacon of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, where he was blessed with many dear friendships. He also spent more than 25 years coaching youth sports in the Irmo area, where he touched the lives of hundreds of young baseball players. Glenn never went out to dinner or to a ball game without hearing "Hey! Coach King!" from a former ball player who wanted to shake his hand. Believing strongly in his responsibility to serve his community, Glenn was also a longtime volunteer for Special Olympics of South Carolina, and past president of the Dutch Fork Civitan Club, where he was formerly recognized as Civitan of the Year. He also served as PTO president and booster club board member at Dutch Fork High School.

Glenn always considered himself to be a wealthy man, because of the wealth of friends and family he had during his life. He loved his grandchildren, his family, his church, his Gamecocks and playing golf at the Wildewood Club.

The service for Glenn was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 14, at First Presbyterian Church, 1401 Marion St., Columbia. The Rev. David H. Lauten officiated. A visitation followed the service in Jackson Hall. Burial in Bush River Memorial Gardens with military honors concluded the service and visitation.

Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Special Olympics SC, 1276 Assembly St., Columbia, SC 29201, (803) 988-8125.

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