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Helen J. Glawson

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Feb. 5, 1925 - July 23, 2019

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Funeral services for Helen J. Glawson were held Friday, July 26, at 2:00 p.m., at Ingleside Baptist Church. The Dr. Mark Hudgins officiated. Burial was held at Highview Cemetery in Gray. The family greeted friends one hour prior to the service in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Ingleside Baptist Church, 834 Wimbish Road, Macon, GA 31210, or to the Advocacy Resource Center (ARC-Macon), 4664 Sheraton Drive, Macon, GA 31210.

Survivors include her daughters, Sheryl (Ian) Wilkinson, Jody Glawson Thornton, and Jessica Glawson of Macon; three grandchildren, Audrey (Lee) Prince, of Braselton, John (Erin) Wilkinson, of Fletcher, North Carolina, and Jesse (Penny) Thornton of Rayne, Louisiana; seven great-grandchildren, Emma, Lily, Hannah and Jack Prince, Jett Thornton, and Adalyn and Nolan Wilkinson; sisters-in-law, Bea Jordan of Savannah and Margaret Jordan of Yakima, Washington; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Glawson was the daughter of the late Arthur Geiger Jordan and Gussie Belle Jenkins Jordan and the widow of Jesse J. Glawson. She is also preceded in death by her brothers, Arthur J. Jordan and Ben Jordan and grandson, Joshua Thornton.

Mrs. Glawson served as executive director of the Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC), currently the Advocacy Resource Center (ARC-Macon). During her 11 years as director, the ARC’s first group homes were constructed. Programs were developed to provide or advocate for services for persons with developmental disabilities in the areas of residential, educational, vocational and recreational.

She was appointed to the Regional Board of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse (MHMRSA) for two terms and served as secretary of the Georgia ARC and on committees of the Conference of Executive Directors of the National ARC. She also served on the state board of the Georgia Advocacy Office, was a member of the Bibb County Special Education Advisory Committee and served on the Mayor’s Committee on Employment of the Handicapped.

She was director of Red Cross Youth with the local chapter of the American Red Cross, developing programs for schools and colleges in the tri-county area, which included training and involving students in Red Cross programs, linking elementary school children with schools in foreign countries; also recruiting, training, and placing high school student volunteers (Volunteens) in 22 community medical and social services agencies and facilities.

She served on the staff and on various committees at Ingleside Baptist Church, where she was a member, and where she taught Bible Study classes for many years.

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Hart’s Mortuary and Cremation Center had charge of arrangements.