John Adams Glass
John Adams Glass, 66, of Butner, passed away on March 20th, 2022 at Duke University Medical Center after a three-year battle with cancer. His wife, daughters, and brother were by his side.
The second of three children, John was born in South Boston, VA on February 13th, 1956 to the late Kenneth Harrison Glass and Alice Crute Glass. He was a 1974 graduate of Halifax County High School and married the former Lillian Gayle Winston of Oxford, NC on June 7, 1980. They began their life together in Danville, VA before moving to NC. They lived in Raleigh, Stem, and Oxford before settling in Butner. A route salesman by trade, John worked for Pepsi in Danville, VA before moving to Raleigh where he briefly delivered for Flowers Baking Company before getting a route at Pepsi in Raleigh. He briefly drove for Roadway Package Systems (now Fed Ex) before going back to Pepsi in Durham where he spent the next 21 years. He drove another 7 years for Carolina Country Snacks, and briefly worked at AWNC, Lincare, and Fed Ex before retiring in 2018 to begin cancer treatments and spend time with his family. John, affectionately called Johnny by friends and family and Papa John by his grandchildren, was an avid fisherman and racing fan who loved to travel and vacation with his family. He enjoyed camping and boating at Kerr Lake and spent many weekends and vacations at the family camper in Emerald Isle before moving it to Hammocks Beach.
John was a fighter, battling a rare cancer that caused heart and kidney damage in addition to surviving a stroke and meningitis. Despite his illness, John kept his sense of humor and infectious laugh, determined to live his best life and spend time with his family.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 42 years, Gayle Winston Glass, brother, Tony Harrison Glass (Frankie) of Snow Hill, NC. sister, Judy Lea Koontz of Salem, OR, sister-in-law, Jeannette Winston Averett (Dan) of Berea, NC, brother-in-law, Alexander Gayle Winston Jr. (Jessica) of Cornwall, NC, daughter, Jennifer Glass Henard (Michael) of Creedmoor, NC, daughter Lauren Glass Jones (Lewis) of Stem, NC, three grandchildren; Caroline Elizabeth Henard, Paisley Rae Jones, Waylon Rhett Jones, and 11 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Alice Glass, in-laws, Alex and Ann Winston, sister-in-law Cynthia Leigh Winston, and a grandnephew, Christian Michael Sullivan.
Visitation will be held at Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford, NC on March 26th, 2022 at 2 P.M. followed by a memorial service at 3 P.M. Attendees are invited for fellowship and refreshments at the Glass Home in Butner following the service.
The family would like to thank those who offered messages of support, prayers, and meals during this incredibly difficult time. The family would especially like to offer our gratitude to the physicians and staff of Granville Medical Center and Duke University Medical Center for their compassion and unfading determination to save our Papa John.
John donated his body to Anatomy Gifts Registry for disease diagnosis and treatments. He was a Christian. Flowers are accepted or donations may be made to Harvest Glenn Baptist Church, 1815 Glenn School Rd. Durham, NC 27704.