Helen Holmes Glenn 

08/04/1928 – 1/28/2022

Obituary for Helen Holmes Glenn


Helen Holmes Glenn affectionately known as Mother Glenn, was called home to be with the Lord at the age of 93years old while she slept peacefully surrounded by her loved ones. Mother Helen Glenn was born to the late Addie Byrd Renfro and the late James Holmes, August 4, 1928, in Birmingham Alabama. She moved to Knoxville Tennessee at a tender age with her father and was raised by him and her stepmother, Annie Hansford. Helen met the love of her life, Thelma Glenn while employed at the Laundry (Is there more to the name?). They were married, July 26, 1947. To their union, they were blessed with four children. Helen was a faithful member of Tabernacle Baptist Church where she was active in various auxiliaries to include the choir. In May, 1977, in support of her son, Helen was a founding member of Greater Shiloh Church where she was a faithful member until her passing. Mother Glenn, along with her husband and son, played a pivotal role in how Greater Shiloh Church was constructed, organized, and sustained. She had a true servant’s heart. She fed a multitude of people from the church’s kitchen Saturdays while raising money for the Building Fund, Church and Pastoral Anniversaries. With her kind heart, she was known to feed people whether they could pay or not, and she would invite them to come worship during church service. She loved praising the Lord and Mother Glenn loved Greater Shiloh. In addition, Mother Glenn was active in her community serving as the President of the 2400 block of Linden Avenue Neighborhood Association.
She was preceded in death by, husband of 67 years, Deacon Thelma Glenn; son, William Erving Glenn, and grandson, Shannon Glenn.
She is survived by, daughter, Annie Ethel Holmes-Williams; sons, Bishop Tommie Lee Glenn and Gary Lynn Glenn; 12 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank her caregivers with Amedisys Home Health Care and Hospice; dear friends, Margie Keese, Regina Evans, Bessie Lynch, and Helen Lowery. Special thanks to her son, Gary Glenn, granddaughter, Wendy Henderson, and other loving grandchildren for their roles in her care. Special thank you to Vernon Henderson, David Scruggs II, Todd Robinson, and Bobbie Mitchell for their tender love and care.
Mother Glenn’s carriage ride will depart from Jarnigan’s Mortuary at 1:15 p.m, Sunday, February 6, 2022 for her ride to the church.
Family and friends will assemble 2:00- 3:00 p.m., Sunday, February, 6, 2022 at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2137 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.; funeral service, 3:00 p.m., Rev. Tami Pankey, Officiating.
Interment E. Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, John Sevier Hwy, 12:30 p.m. Monday, February 7, 2022
Family will receive friends at 2402 Nadine Street, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917.

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Receiving of Friends

Sunday, February, 6, 2022
2:00- 3:00 p.m
Tabernacle Baptist Church
2137 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

Funeral Service

Sunday, February, 6, 2022
3:00 p.m
Tabernacle Baptist Church
2137 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.


Monday, February 7, 2022
12:30 p.m
 E. Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, John Sevier Hwy




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