Byron Paul Glenn
August 12, 1956 – March 23, 2018
Byron Paul Glenn went home to heaven on March 23, 2018. He was born August 12, 1956, in Little Rock, Arkansas to Robert Gordon Glenn, Sr., and Bettie Jo Camp Glenn. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Scharlee Glenn, son, Seth Glenn (wife, J.J.), and daughter Emily Honea (husband, Jeremy). Grandchildren include Grayson Glenn, Deacon Glenn, Owen Honea, and Lincoln Honea. He is also survived by his sister, Rebecca Rogers (husband, Steve) and brother, Robert Glenn, Jr. (wife Mary). His parents preceded him in death.
Byron graduated from Tulsa Nathan Hale High School in 1974, Oklahoma Baptist University in 1978, and Golden Gate Theological Seminary in 1982. He married Scharlee, his “Second Love” after Jesus Christ, on September 8, 1978.
Byron yielded his life to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord at the age of nine. As a teenager, Byron dealt with anger and went to his parents for help. In response to his request, they showed him what the Bible says regarding anger and Byron fell in love with God’s Word.
2 Timothy 2:15 “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 4:2 “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.”
Byron spent hours studying the Bible, checking the Greek, Hebrew, and context to ensure that he was correctly handling the Word of Truth. He loved to teach God’s word.
Byron also loved people. In 1982, Byron finished seminary and proceeded to follow God’s calling into church ministry. In 1994 God led him to his perfect fit in ministry, chaplaincy. Byron spent eight years as a hospice chaplain and sixteen years as a chaplain for Mercy Hospital. Sharing the love of Jesus Christ with the staff, patients, and their families was Byron’s passion. It broke his heart to have to take medical retirement in October 2017. During the months of Byron’s treatments and decline, he continued to write prayers and devotions for the Internal Physical Medicine Department of Mercy. It gave him a sense of continuing purpose.
Byron supported his children in their many endeavors. His biggest concern was for them to know Christ and His word so that they could discern right from wrong, honorable from dishonorable, and the wisdom to make good choices.
While Byron was serious about his faith, his love of Scripture, and his care for others he also had many other interests. One hobby was singing and playing guitar, which he loved to do often for friends and family. Around the holidays, Byron shared his gift of music with the patients and staff wherever he worked and became known as the “Singing Chaplain”. Byron was very musically inclined. He also enjoyed making up silly songs with his grandboys since he loved to laugh and have fun.
Byron always had his camera for every family event and enjoyed catching fun moments on film. He was passionate about photography, especially taking his family’s portraits and capturing the beauty of God’s creation.
As seen through his journey on Facebook, Byron lived life with joy no matter his circumstances. His ability to do this was based on his personal relationship with Christ. His hope for each of you is that you would come to yield your life to Jesus and grow to love the Lord as he did. He considered it an honor to be a part of each of your lives. Thank you for loving him.
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- Celebration of Life Monday, April 2, 2018
Byron Paul Glenn
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April 7, 2018
I have fond memories of visting with Byron when I worked at Mercy. His smile and gift of listening was always a treat. I am sadden to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayer to the family.
April 2, 2018
I first met Byron and Scharlee at OBU. My father was the BSU (now BSM) Director, and each summer we drove to Glorieta for week-long Bible teaching. My first memory of Byron was his singing and playing guitar on the bus all the way to New Mexico. Byron always had a smile and loved people. It was such a great blessing to receive ministry from Byron when my family members were in the hospital at Mercy. Scharlee, I know you will miss him greatly! May God comfort, strengthen, and sustain your family!
April 1, 2018
The Glenns were our neighbors in Jones. Scharlee sang beautifully at my mother's service. I will never forget Byron helping us one day by carrying out a lot of heavy lumber from our backyard to the curb. It was very much appreciated and he volunteered to do it without any thought at all. Rest In Peace Byron. Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family from the Joneses.
Debbie Doyle (Nichols)
March 30, 2018
I knew Byron and his family from Skelly Drive Baptist Church in Tulsa and I have wonderful memories of Byron and the group of us that grew up together then. He was always a good kid and was certainly nice and kind to me. It surprises me that he admits to anger issues growing up because I never really saw it but then I was not around him on a daily basis and we went to different schools. My memories are of a good friend. I remember nights of adult choir practice that we would stay and talk and then go home after our fathers finished choir practice. One night my father forgot me and Byron and Mr. Glenn had to take me home and we laughed about that for a while. We all spent many summers at Falls Creek and have great memories despite the heat. I was very shocked and saddened to see Byron's picture in the paper and even though we never met, and I am sure that our paths must surely have crossed many times, my thoughts and prayers are with your family and Bobby and Becky and their families. God bless you.
March 30, 2018
I worked with Byron for eight years as the administrative assistant in the Pastoral Services Department at Mercy. I loved Byron's sense of humor. He liked to tease me like a big brother. One of my favorite memories of Byron was when he said in his big brother humor, "it takes you, Darlene, to keep all of us chaplains going, but it takes all of us chaplains to keep you going." 😀 I never knew how true that really was until I was no longer at Mercy. I love you was the last thing I said to Byron before his surgery...and I always will! God's blessings on all his loving family and furry friends. 💕
March 29, 2018
Byron lived a joy-filled life, loving Jesus, his wife and family and all he encountered. His sense of humor filled each day with laughs, even when we were dealing with complex patient/staff concerns. He truly followed Jesus words in John 13:34-35: I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another “. Byron was full of Jesus love.
March 28, 2018
I have known Byron Glenn ever since I left FBC, Jones in 1989, as their Minister of Music and Youth. Byron came on staff at FBC, Jones in 1989 as Minister of Youth and Music. He was a friend and a help to me as God led me into Hospice Chaplaincy in 1999. There were many times in those years that I sat and wept with him as we lifted each other up for the burdens we felt heavy upon us. He was a gentle natured person with a very big heart. I will look forward to our reunion with the Lord. My thoughts and prayers are with Scharlee Glenn in the days ahead. God's peace and grace I pray to be manifested in their lives.
March 28, 2018
I worked with Byron for many years through as a hospital liaison for LifeShare of Oklahoma. Byron was always kind and gracious to me when I visited the hospital. He took time to visit and had a smile on his face every time I saw him. I ran into him several times out in the community over the years and he would always stop and say Hi. I was so sad to learn he had passed. He had a grace and dignity about him I always admired and even though it has been a few years since I have seen him I can still see his easy smile. In today’s world where everyone is in a hurry and people communicate more through electronic devices than face to face, Byron always made that personal connection and showed he cared and was interested in others.
March 27, 2018
I met Byron when I began working at Good Shepherd Hospice upon the completion of my CPE program at Presbyterian Hospital in 2000. He led us chaplains and social workers at Good Shepherd Hospice in a seminar one day on the subject of “Compassion Fatigue”. His instruction that day has truly blessed my life and ministry from that day to now. His emphasis was that “a fatigued and empty-tanked chaplain/ care giver is not much help to a person stuck in a pit of despair. Byron said, “Go home every day and rest up for the next! And take time off work to get refreshed!” He also left us with a stick figure drawing of a deep pit and a person stuck down there in the pit of despair. He pictured the chaplain/caregiver outside the pit throwing a life-line of compassion & love into the pit and pulling hard to help that person out of the pit of despair. He stressed to us that, “we must be firmly planted in our own faith and in a joy-filled life or we will be dragged down into that same pit of despair by the person needing our help getting out!” I thanked Byron many times over the years for those simple but profound early lessons in my clinical chaplain career. I took those lessons to heart and they have proved to be a significant element in my staying in the work we do as clinical chaplains. I thank God for Byron’s influence on my life & ministry. I am remembering Scharlee & all of Byron’s precious family in prayer as you grieve together. I look forward to seeing my colleague & friend in Heaven someday!!
Jo Ellen Blissit
March 27, 2018
When my 88 year old mother was very ill in a hospital in Norman approximately 2 years ago, she did not have an advance medical directive. I felt very unsure and in need of counsel. I knew Byron because I had worked with his wonderful wife, Scharlee, and I asked her if Byron would consider counseling me about this process. Byron and Scharlee both took time to meet with me, and explain it, step by step. I know they also prayed for my mother and for my family as we walked with her throughout her journey.
Only God could know that Byron would be called to heaven before my mother, who will soon be 91. I will never forget his kindness to me at that time. My prayers are with you to continue in the days ahead with the same love, faith, courage and conviction that Byron had, and that I know you have as well. May God bless and keep each one of you.
March 27, 2018
My fondest memory is when we were all at Emily and Jeremy’s house just down the street, and Bryan was taking the most incredible pictures of their foliage in their yard. Owen was enjoying seeing all the pictures his Pop was taking too. We will miss you so much Byron, but we will take good care of your girl and her family! ❤️
March 27, 2018
Byron lived across the street from my family in Tulsa. He had a really old car (I'm sorry I can't remember the make and model) but it had a manual transmission on the steering column. It was huge inside. He would drive me to high school every day. And I always got to school in a good mood. Byron was caring, cheerful, and funny and I loved him. I'm so sorry to hear of his untimely death. Prayers of comfort and peace for Scharlee and the entire family. I will always remember Byron and smile!
March 27, 2018
I first met Byron when my husband Willard was diagnosed with Cancer. Byron was at Mercy and found me crying In The Chapel in 2008. Every scan after that Willard had at Mercy, Byron was there to comfort me. He was such a great man. Willard I and my family thought so much of Byron. We always had laughs about Byron being a Baptist (we called him Byron the Baptist) and my family was Catholic But we were In Between Priests at the time and since Byron was so close to our family he did Willards services at our Catholic Church in 2010 , so we said my husband was really covered. He was actually a member of First Christian Church but went to Mass with me every Sunday after we married and Had Byron the Baptist do his services. We were so honored to have and know Byron and we all loved Him very much and have kept in contact with him After my husband passed away. We are so very sorry to lose him but know Many friends and relatives and Willard will be happy to see him. He will suffer no more. Prayers and Blessings to Scharlee his family.
March 26, 2018
Byron was the rock that I leaned on when I was Director of Pastoral Services at Mercy. When I came to Mercy, I had never worked with ministers other than Catholic ones. Each morning the chaplains gathered in the chapel for prayer to begin our day. One particular morning, not long after I started, there was a lot going on in the hospital. Chaplains were out in their units taking care of various crises. For prayer that morning it was just Byron and I. After we finished, I turned to Byron and said, "If someone would have told me six months ago that I would sit in a chapel and share a prayer service with a Baptist minister, and absolutely cherish the moment, I would have told them they were nuts." We smiled at each other and gave each other a hug. Byron was a brother in the truest sense. He inspired me with his love of the Lord. My love for Jesus Christ grew because of him. Outside of my family, he may be the only person I've ever said, "I love you" to, and I made a point to say it especially in these last few months. To Byron..."I love you, man! And yes, I will be seeing you!"
March 26, 2018
I remember when I worked at mercy and Byron would always come down and say hi and give me a hug. It always made my day. Also all the times going to Scharlee and Byron's house just to hang out and spend time together. Him and scharlee are such a huge part of our family he will truly be missed We love you Byron and we will miss you like crazy!!!
March 26, 2018
I remember meeting Byron two and a half years ago when I interviewed as a PRN Chaplain. His smile and friendly personality made me feel relaxed, and the interview turned out to be fun. He had great patience too, walking me through the charting when I wasn’t sure what to do. My favorite memory is visiting with him this last Christmas at the Chaplain get together. We talked at the table for about 30 minutes. Byron always made you feel important, and he really listened to you. He will be missed here, but Heaven has gained a wonderful man who lived the life of a true servant of his Master. Save a place for your Chaplain friends, Byron. We miss you and “we can only imagine.”
March 26, 2018
Dear friend, you will be missed. Your smile and laughter brought sunshine in our office. I will always smile and remember you when I put copy payer in our copier. You would always say "Am I the only one that puts paper in this machine?" You were always so organized and detailed you even took upon yourself to be the refrigerator monitor, anything left after Friday's went to the trash. Found the attached in your desk....totally a thought from Byron...
March 26, 2018
I took over Byron's desk after he retired. When he cleaned it out, he left behind two post-it notes that I've kept pinned up on the side of my cubicle. One said "Everything in this desk I no longer claim -Byron." Attached is a picture of the other.
I'm a bit younger than the other chaplains in our office, so often my cultural experiences of growing up are a bit different than my coworkers. One of my fondest memories was one afternoon I spent about an hour and a half talking with Byron about Christian Rock from the 90s. He remembered all kinds of bands and songs I loved growing up, and we talked at length about Audio Adrenaline and the Orange County Supertones. I still remember the way his eyes lit up when those memories brought back the younger days of his own kids and listening to "My Chevette" with him as we both sang along.