Virgil Earl Glisson, Jr. “Earl”, 71


Glisson, Virgil











Virgil Earl Glisson, Jr. “Earl”, 71, passed away Friday,
September 11, 2015 at Community Hospice surrounded by his loving family
after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born January 11,
1944, in Statesboro, GA. While Earl’s accomplishments were extensive and
eventful, nothing among those took precedence over the love and loyalty he
felt for his family and friends. Earl was preceded in death by his
parents, Virgil Sr. & Ruby (Cowart) Glisson; his oldest son, Allen “Clint”
Johnson. He is survived by his loving partner, Rachel C. Glisson; his
children, Donald “Donnie” Glisson (Mary), Clayton “Clay” Glisson
(Lindsey), Rachelle “Chelle” Glisson, Virgil “E3” Glisson, III; daughter
in law, Jerrie; grandchildren, Zachary Tyler Dinkins, Colby Bienick,
Rachel Bienick, Angel Fuentes, Gabrielle Glisson, Ben Johnson (Kersti),
Jessica Williams (Dustin); great grandchildren, Whitley and Paisley
Williams; 3 brothers, Joe Glisson (Linda), Stevie Glisson (Darlene), Tommy
Glisson (Kerry); 4 sisters, Gloria Burchfield (Carl), Janie Conrad (Jim),
Judy Kirkland (Sam) and Luann Altendorf (Chuck); special friends, Bobby
Cothren, Ron Foster, Sr., Danny Bazemore and Alma Fitchett; many nieces,
nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins, who all loved him dearly. Earl
attended Marvin Pitman School in Statesboro, GA; Kirby Smith Junior High
School and Andrew Jackson Senior High School, both in Jacksonville, FL. He
grew up on a farm in Statesboro, GA and his family moved to Jacksonville
when he was 12. The farm in Georgia is where he learned the meaning of
hard work and this work ethic followed him in every venture he undertook.
Of his many accomplishments, Earl was a gifted mechanic, a dedicated
business entrepreneur owning several businesses throughout his life, a
Constable and police officer in the Jacksonville area until finding his
place in the commercial refrigeration industry.  He spent a large part of
his career as a manager, executive and eventually a board member for The
Stellar Group.  Earl was a founding member of The Stellar Group which was
founded on July1, 1985.  He was Senior Vice President of Parts and
Service. It was through his leadership of the Parts and Service Division
that provided the cash flow necessary to sustain a start-up business for
the first year of its evolution to the second largest Design Build firm in
the State of Florida with 20 offices worldwide. In 1987, he became a
Licensed Mechanical Contractor for the State of Florida.  Earl retired
after 25 years of service to The Stellar Group.  Turns out Earl “semi”
retired as he would then take an ownership and leadership role at Tri-Star
Semi Truck and Trailer Services, LLC and lead it from a single truck
operation to become one of North Florida’s leading service companies in
the transportation and logistics fields.  He was passionate about giving
back to the community. Earl was a regular supporter and sponsor of the
Mandarin Sports Association. He loved Corvettes and was a member of the
North Florida Corvette Association. Earl was a proud member of the NRA as
well as the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Association. A lifelong Republican, he
enjoyed politics on both a local and national level.  His passion for life
extended even further to his love of his family. He was a loving and
giving father, husband, brother and friend to all he met. His other
favorite pastimes included vacationing at his river property in Nahunta,
GA, relaxing at his home on Julington Creek, fishing, and spending time
with family and, of course, was a Florida Gator for life. Earl never met a
stranger along his journey through life. He was generous and compassionate
with his time and knowledge. Earl was the family member or friend you
could depend on any time day or night. He always gave you his undivided
attention as long as needed as if he had all the time in the world. The
word no was not in Earl’s vocabulary and he helped others without
expecting anything in return. Earl stood up for what he believed in. He
was a man of timeless grace and honor and will be missed by all. Funeral
services will be held Friday, September 18 at 11am at North Jacksonville
Baptist Church, 8531 North Main Street, Jacksonville, FL 32218 with Rev.
Josh Reavis officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. The
family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6-8pm at Cedar Bay
Funeral Home, 405 New Berlin Road 32218, 714-1110. The family has asked
that instead of sending flowers that you make a donation to Community
Hospice of N.E. FL, 268-5200.