Eddie Mildred Gordon Glover, lovingly known as “Mildred,” was called to her eternal home on Monday, January 17, 2022, just 3 days after her beloved husband, Bobby. She was born in Albany, Georgia, on January 13, 1931. Mildred was a daughter of the late Walter Carl Gordon, Sr., and Mary Louise Gordon. She was the third of four children born to “Momma Lou” and “Daddy Pete.” She was preceded in death by her dear siblings, Carrie L. Gordon Harris & Dr. Walter Carl Gordon, Jr. Mildred also had a very close and special relationship with her youngest and only surviving sister, Dorothy Jane Gordon Carver.
Mildred was educated in the Dougherty County Public School System and earned her diploma from Madison High School in 1947, with the distinction of being class valedictorian. Always quiet and somewhat shy, Mildred found some level of comfort matriculating at Hampton (College) University where her older sister was an employed alumna and her older brother was a student. Raised in a close-knit family, her older sister, Carrie, happily assisted with her tuition. Mildred went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education at Hampton (College) University. She continued her education, like Bobby, in New York, New York. Mildred earned her Master's Degree in Middle School Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Mildred’s career in education began in Pompano Beach, Florida, and led her to Telfair County, Lumber City, Georgia, and eventually to the Dougherty County School System at Carver Junior High School and Jackson Heights Elementary (now Robert H. Harvey). She was a Title I Reading Specialist. While implementing new strategies for teaching reading, Mildred would often experiment with these new strategies by engaging her daughter, Suzanne, and Suzanne’s friend, Barbara, in reading drills and testing. Mildred was easy-going and a woman of few words. She was an avid reader who loved her family, and a lifelong member of Bethel A.M.E. Church where she was a dedicated tither.
While Bobby and Mildred grew up less than one mile from each other in Albany, Georgia, they would not meet until they were living in the expansive metropolis of New York City. While there, Bobby and Mildred were introduced by a mutual friend, the late Ms. Willie (Billye) Reid Cochrane. After a period of courtship, Bobby and Mildred married and moved to Newark, New Jersey. Eventually, they returned to Albany, Georgia to raise their family and to be closer to their “village.” As lifelong learners, one of Bobby and Mildred’s goals was educating their children: Dr. Robert V. Glover, Jr., graduate of Morehouse College and Meharry Medical College, and daughter, Suzanne Glover Schley, graduate of Spelman College and Albany State University.