Glenn, of Hayesville, NC, passed away on February 7, 2022, at the age of 63, and he was laid to rest on 2/12/22. His life ended well before any of us could have imagined.
Glenn is preceded in death by his father, Gerald Nicholson, and his beloved Indian Princess granddaughter, Erica Paige Whitney.
Glenn, aka Hillbilly Pawpaw, is survived by: his baby girls, Wendy (Nicholson) Cogan and Melanie Nicholson, Wendy’s husband Tony and his estranged son, Jesse Nicholson.
He leaves behind 10 grandchildren; Edward Forrester, Gracie Whitney, Jackson Forrester, Emma Stoner, Adam Forrester, Wyatt Nicholson, Miles Cogan, Breck Cogan, Audrey Cogan and Peyton Cogan.
We would also be remiss to not bring attention to our dad’s best friend, Clint “Clifford” Brendle. Their bromance is one for the history books. We joked with them because they talked on the phone for lengths comparable to a couple of teenage girls. We are so thankful for his relationship in our dad’s life.
Glenn was a simple man who never met a stranger in his life. He raised us to love all people, his example of loving people did not have walls between race, gender, sexuality and so on. Glenn was a confident man, yet never claimed to be perfect. Honestly, only a few close souls to him know how hard he was on himself and the hurt he struggled with daily.
Our dad worked harder than anyone really knows. He instilled in us, his daughters, that same ethic and drive. While one might look at what dad left behind and ask, “how did he have so little then?” The answer is he gave to any and all, and he lived in the moment.
The services to celebrate his life were kept small and private at his request. That celebration for us will never end. Now Daddy, it is our turn to “Walk the Line” for you.
If you feel so led, make a donation in honor of Dad to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org/en