Glenda McCann

April 7, 1943April 10, 2021

Glenda Farrar McCann, PhD, formerly of Radford and Salem, VA, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 10, 2021 in Hickory, NC.

Glenda was born in Portsmouth, VA on April 7, 1943 to Eugene and Mammie Lee Farrar and shared special memories of growing up in Culpepper, VA. She was a graduate of Bluefield College, Radford University, and Virginia Tech where she earned a PH.D in Psychology and practiced as a Clinical Psychologist at St. Albans Hospital in Radford, VA. Glenda was a member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization Sisterhood (P.E.O.) that celebrates the advancement of women through education. A current member of Viewmont Baptist Church in Hickory, she was a former member of Melrose Baptist Church in Roanoke where she served as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher, choir member, and in a variety of other leadership roles.

In addition to her parents, Glenda was preceded in death by E. Ray Martin, the father of her children, and Dr. Thomas Clayton Camp.

Glenda is survived by her husband, the Reverend Dr. Thomas Ryland McCann; three children, Mara Beth Scott of Canada, Eddie Martin (Gerin) of Lynchburg VA and David Martin of Callands, VA; and her eight grandchildren whom she referred to as her “life brighteners”, Charlie Martin, Dylan Stephens, Emily Scott, Alan Scott, Maddie Martin, Clair Martin, Bryce Martin and Grace Martin; sons, Scott McCann (Sally) of Winterville, NC and Stephen McCann (Kara) of Panama City Beach, FL; daughter, Jane McCann Wiseman (Eddie) of Hickory, NC; and six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Glenda enjoyed attending the Roanoke College Lecture Series and the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra with friends. Stories of time spent on Smooth Crusin’ II on the Virginia coast, her fierce belief that we love our neighbors without qualification, her appreciation for music, trips to the beach with her “life brighteners,” and the gift of Lifesaver books at Christmas will be forever carried in our hearts. Glenda’s was a life well lived.

The family would like to thank the staff at Carolina Caring for their compassionate end of life care. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Glenda’s name to Viewmont Baptist Church and Bluefield College.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Viewmont Baptist Church with Dr. Andrew Rawls officiating.

Condolences may be sent to the McCann family at

Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Hickory is serving the McCann family.


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Ellen Witt

April 26, 2021

Glenda was a wonderful and loved member of our chapter of P.E.O. in Roanoke. In her memory a donation has been made to the Lib Carico/Betty Merritt Fund in P.E.O. We want to extend out sincere sympathy to her family and friends.

Larry and Becky Farrar

April 17, 2021

I have many good memories growing up in Roanoke VA, spending many family gatherings with all the "Farrar's." In our later years getting to spend more time with Glenda as we worked together on family affairs was like renewing our friendship and family ties. Condolences to Glenda's blended family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Larry and Becky Farrar

Carol Watson

April 16, 2021

My condolences to Glenda's family,
Former neighbors at The Lawn in Salem, VA will miss Glenda. We appreciated her participation in our HOA and community activities and enjoyed her time with us. May fond memories comfort you in the coming days.
With sympathy

joan wheeler

April 15, 2021

I have fond memories of shared times past with Glenda. I hope each of your families will remember the special times you shared and it will help ease your loss. Christian Love and Sympathy. Joan Wheeler- Roanoke VA

Jill Howard Church

April 14, 2021

She was such a proud member of the big Farrar family, with all the stories that went along with it. I'm so glad I was able to get to know her better in recent years. She was smart, strong, funny, kind and wonderfully progressive. I'm sad I won't see her again in this life, but I know she's happy to be reunited with her loved ones, especially her father. She certainly deserves heavenly peace! Our sympathies to her children and grandchildren, whom she adored.

Delores Wood

April 14, 2021

I am the current President of Chapter AI of P.E.O. in Salem, VA. We are so sorry to learn of the passing of Glenda. She was a dear friend and she was loved by many. Glenda was a special person and will be greatly missed. Her family and friends will be in our prayers.

Rick and Joan Mullins

April 13, 2021

Dear Tom and All of your and Glenda's family,
Rick and I send our love and prayers during this most difficult time. We are deeply saddened and our hearts ache.
Beautiful Glenda touched so, so many lives. She was and is loved by everyone that knew how amazing she was. Rick and I are just two of those.
We have wonderful memories of her years in Roanoke, Salem and especially at her beloved Melrose Church.
We will miss her strong faith, her humor and her ability to lead and teach.
We know how much she loved you Tom, her children and grandchildren.
We now hold on to the memories and know she continues to love us all from her heavenly home.

Joan and Rick Mullins