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George Glenn Lawley

April 21, 1941 — November 18, 2023

Charleston, SC

George Glenn Lawley

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George Glenn Lawley beloved husband of Sue Bearden Lawley, entered into eternal rest at his home on November 18, 2023 with his wife by him.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday November 30, 2023 at 1 p.m. with visitation prior to the service from 12 noon at McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, James Island, SC. 

Glenn was born April 21, 1941 in Pensacola, Florida.  He was the son of J. D.  and Mae Lawley both of whom predeceased him.

Glenn retired from the Naval Weapons Station, Charleston in 1996 as the Executive Director. He was promoted to this position in 1988.

Prior to this he was the Director of Data Processing from February 1985 until his promotion to Executive Director.  Glenn began his federal service in 1959 at Mobile, AL, as a GS-2 clerk Typist working with the Air Force.  In 1965 he transferred to the Naval Supply Center and in 1966 he went to the Charleston Naval Shipyard as a computer operator. From 1974-1977 he was Head of the Management Information Branch at the Mine Warfare Training Center on the Naval Base. He returned to the Charleston Naval Shipyard from 1977-1985 when he transferred to the Naval Weapons Station as Supervisory Computer Specialist.  Throughout his career he received many awards and accolades which included the Navy Superior Civilian Award, the highest award presented to a Civilian by the Navy for his technical expertise in Naval Ordnance and his assistance in the redesign of the ordnance organization.  His innovative concepts were included in the redesign of the Naval Ordnance Center’s organizational structure.

Glenn served in the Air Force Active Reserve from 1963-1969 with the 908th Troop Carrier Group at Bates Field, Mobile, Alabama and Headquarters 437th Military Airlift Wing Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina.

Glenn graduated in June 1959 from Theodore High School in Theodore, Alabama.Glenn was a simple, fun loving man who has always made friends easily and enjoyed them as family.  Growing up in Key West and Pensacola and for the last 58 years in Charleston he has loved boating, fishing and the many other pleasures offered on the water.  In his younger years he was also an avid golfer and bowler.  He accrued many golf and bowling trophies and bowled many perfect games of 300.

Glenn is survived by his loving wife Sue of 58 years and his precious dog Bella. In addition, he considered his extended family as his own which includes Patricia Bordelon, his sister in law, D.C.  Bearden (Edwina) and Roy Owen Bearden (Laura), his brothers in law, and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Grace Point Church, 942 Folly Road, James Island, SC 29412; Garden Club of Charleston, Inc., Scholarship Fund, P.O Box 20652, Charleston, SC 29413 or a charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to McAlister-Smith Funeral and Cremation - James Island, 347 Folly Road, Charleston, SC 29412, 843-614-8494.

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Visitation

Thursday, November 30, 2023

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

James Island Chapel McAlister-Smith Funeral & Cremation

347 Folly Road, Charleston, SC 29412

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Celebration of Life

Thursday, November 30, 2023

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

James Island Chapel McAlister-Smith Funeral & Cremation

347 Folly Road, Charleston, SC 29412

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