OBITUARY: Ray Glynn England


Ray Glynn England, age 77, entered the arms of his Lord peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Friday, August 25, 2023, at Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia, Tennessee.

Born on October 20, 1945, in Sparta, TN, Glynn was the child of the late Virgle England and Mary Vivian Matthews England.

Glynn’s life was a testament to unwavering faith and dedication to his Christian beliefs. His gentle spirit and kind heart were a source of inspiration to all who had the privilege of knowing him. He possessed a rare strength that was evident not only in his physical presence but also in his quiet resolve to face life’s challenges with grace and courage. Glynn’s remarkable character was epitomized by his selflessness; he had a rare ability to set aside his own troubles to be a pillar of support for those around him.

In his simplicity, Glynn found the true beauty in life’s uncomplicated joys. He had a knack for finding happiness in the smallest of things, teaching those around him the value of contentment and gratitude. Above all, Glynn treasured his family beyond measure. His devotion to them knew no bounds, and he found his greatest joy in spending time with his loved ones, creating memories that will forever be etched in their hearts.

Glynn’s love story with his wife, Peggie, was one of remarkable serendipity. Their journey began at the tender age of 5, behind the protective shelter of Glynn’s mother’s legs at Doe Creek Lake near Sparta, Tennessee. Their bond only grew stronger over the years, culminating in a union of hearts and souls when they exchanged vows at the age of 18. Their enduring love story bore the fruit of a beautiful daughter, and their remarkable union of 59 years stands as a testament to the enduring power of love and companionship.

In his formative years, Glynn’s athleticism shone brightly, painting a portrait of a young man unafraid of life’s challenges. He fearlessly embraced the thrill of adventure, diving headfirst into rivers and lakes, heedless of the lurking snakes or gators that might deter others. His indomitable spirit was matched only by his love for sports, particularly baseball, where he displayed a remarkable aptitude. His precision in throwing was nothing short of extraordinary, often leaving spectators in awe of his accuracy.

Beyond his family, Glynn held a fervent passion for Alabama football. As a die-hard fan, his enthusiasm radiated through each game as he cheered on his beloved team every Saturday during football season.

Glynn England leaves behind a legacy of faith, love, and unshakable strength. His memory will forever echo in the hearts of those who had the privilege of sharing in his journey. As we mourn his passing, let us also celebrate the profound impact he had on our lives and the lessons he taught us about living a life of purpose, kindness, and devotion.

Funeral services to honor and remember Glynn’s life will be held at Westend Baptist Church in Columbia, Tennessee to be announced soon. Friends and family are invited to attend and share in commemorating a life well-lived with Brother Bob Vassar officiating.

Williams Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences can be given to the family online at


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