The following is one of several Collegeside member profiles written by Donna Smith over a period of several years. They tell the personal stories of some of our long-time members, some of whom are living and some of whom have gone on to be with their Lord. Their personal stories are an important part of the historical fabric of Collegeside.
William “Glen” Stillinger celebrated his 89th year by booking his first cruise. He sailed with all four of his daughters to Key West, Belize, Cozumel and other exotic locations in the Caribbean.
What will he do this year when he turns 90 years old on July 25?
Glen and his wife, Earline, moved to Cookeville from Ohio to be near their daughter and son-in-law, Genny and Morris Mabry, in 1981. Glen and Earline raised their daughters in Euclid, Ohio, and he was an elder at the Forest Hills Church of Christ in Cleveland, Ohio, for many years. But when the girls moved to Colorado, Kentucky, Florida and Tennessee, the couple decided to move, too.
Glen retired after 43 years at G.E., where he was a machinist helping to make light bulbs. He took an early retirement to take care of Earline, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He took care of her for 30 years as the disease got progressively worse, and the doctors said that the only reason she lived so long was the loving care he gave her. She died at home in 1996.
Glen now has 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
Although Glen often visits his daughters, you may mail birthday cards to him at his Cookeville address, 1434 Gibbons Road, Algood, TN 38506.