Vernon Ray Glasco

Vernon Ray Glasco

Vernon Ray Glasco, 90, of Anna, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, at Carbondale Memorial Hospital.

He was born on March 14, 1933, in Cobden, the son of Jesse Troy and Dorothy Alene Clutts Glasco. 

On June 19, 1954, he married, Patricia Joan Robertson, who he met when she was employed as a car hop at the drive-in on Chestnut Street in Anna. His story was that she would jump off the curb and would bring him the best chocolate malt ever made. They shared 69 years of marriage together. 

He was a hard working husband, daddy, grandpa and great-grandpa. He was a member of the Laborers’ International Union of North America for many years. He enjoyed sharing many stories with his family about how he had worked as a laborer on different buildings and roads in Southern Illinois.

In his earlier years, he loved horseback riding with his friends and for the past 20 years, he had taken pride in his miniature pony, Buckwheat.  

Raising and training puppies and hunting were among hobbies he loved doing.  He was the best fish fryer ever, but his philosophy was if you catch a fish out of my pond it doesn’t go out of the driveway, it goes in the frying pan here on the farm for all to enjoy.  

The “Glasco Campsite” around the pond was a place where many laughs and good food were shared by his family and then eventually that campsite became the wedding site of his granddaughter, Erin, where he proudly drove her and the wedding party from the barn on his tractor and trailer to begin her new life as Mrs. Berry.

Mr. Glasco was a member of Water Valley Christian Church of Cobden, where he was the Sunday School superintendent in his earlier years.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; his daughter, Verna Lee (Larry) Fuller of Cobden; and daughter-in-law Tina Glasco.

Grandchildren who survive are Jeremy (Jennifer) Fuller of Millstadt, Erin (Jerod) Berry of Harrison, Ark., Lisa (Joseph) Taylor of Cibolo, Texas, Cory (Julie) Glasco of Anna, Katy (Travis) Poole of Elco and Demi Glasco of Anna.

Great-grandchildren who survive are Amy Glasco, Jessica Glasco, Scott Glasco, Jasmine Taylor, Jackie Taylor, Kylee Berry, Rebecca Fuller, Jaeger Poole, Bella Berry, Nathan Fuller and Olivia Berry. 

Step-grandchildren who survive are Hannah (Alex Tellor) Pulliam and their children, Madison, Eliana and Alexander, Samantha Pullian and her daughter Willow, Danielle Pulliam, Kimberly Hancock and Brienna Hunter-Travis and her daughter, Braelynn Hunter.

Also surviving are his sister, Marjie (Frank) Millis Jr.; his brother, Roger (Kay) Glasco; a sister-in-law, Leah Glasco; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son Steven Ray Glasco; daughter-in-law Heather Glasco; and his great-granddaughters, Rebecca Ann Glasco, Jayden Elizabeth Taylor, Anna Faith Berry and Sophie Grace Berry.

Funeral services for Vernon Ray Glasco were at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro, with the Rev. Randy Wright officiating. Interment was at the Anna Cemetery.

Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials can be made to Water Valley Christian Church.

To view the obituary or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit

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