Robert Glymph PDF Print E-mail

Robert P. Glymph, 78, passed away in his home in Columbia, SC on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

Robert was born on November 27, 1939 and raised in Pomaria, SC. Robert was the son of the late Cecil Samuel “Sam” Glymph and Sam’s wife of forty-five years, Christine Pike Glymph.  Robert attended Pomaria High School and the University of South Carolina, Columbia (1958-1962) where he was a member of the R.O.T.C and earned his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Journalism.

During the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962-1963, Robert was inducted into the United States Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant. He began his military career in communications and public affairs at Wheelus AFB, Tripoli, Libya where he was Squadron Programming Officer for American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS).. He returned to the US in August 1964 where he was assigned to Perrin AFB Texas as an Information Officer for the 4780th Air Defense Wing. Robert served in the Vietnam War stationed in Thailand at NKP AFB. He continued his distinguished military career as Chief of Information for HQ 20th Air Division – ADC, Scott Air Force Base, O’Fallon, Illinois; as Chairman, Radio & TV department at Defense Information School (DINFOS), Fort Benjamin Harrison AFB, Indianapolis, IN; and Chief of Public Affairs at Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB) Rapid City, SD.

His post military communications career continued when he taught Mass Communications at Black Hills State University and also at Ogala Lakota College in South Dakota.

Robert Glymph is survived by his sister, Virginia “Ginny” Crouch of Pomaria; children Eric Glymph of Richmond, VA;  Deborah (Glymph) Bennett of Fishers, IN;  and Christopher Glymph of Indianapolis, IN; adopted children Laurah Leah Glymph-Burns of Greenwood, Indiana; and Rebekkah Glymph of Rapid City, SD.

Services for Robert Glymph will be held on Saturday December 1st. Visitation from 9:30-10:30am at the Pomaria Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall 210 Folk Street, Pomaria, SC 29126. The funeral will be held at 11am at the Pomaria Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robert’s memory to one of the following:

  • Pomaria Lutheran Church at 210 Folk St, Pomaria, SC 29126
  • Town Theatre 1012 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201
  • American Red Cross Central SC Chapter at 2751 Bull Street Columbia, SC 29201 or at


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#4 Charlsie Counts Doolittle 2018-11-30 16:17
I have many fond memories of Robert from our childhood years in Pomaria School and Pomaria Lutheran Church. I send my sympathy to his family.
#3 Christopher Glymph 2018-11-30 13:02
As a son of Robert Pike Glymph, i wish to express my sincerest condolences to everybody in the family and to all his friends. i am not able to attend his services in person, but my heart will be there in spirit. Please accept my apologies as I mourn privately for my father. I LOVE YOU DAD!!!!!
Christopher Scott Glymph
#2 Dick Horkey 2018-11-28 13:58
Dear Family,

I was Robert's brother-in-law for the short time he was married o my sister, Charlene.
Over several years, I came to know Bob as a kind and caring man, one who displayed great patience with life, and a loving and caring father, that anyone would be proud to claim. I was very saddened to hear of his passing and have memories of my time with him.
Please accept my wife Mary and my sincere condolences.
Dick and Mary
#1 Bowen Family 2018-11-23 11:38
We are so very sorry for your loss. Please find comfort in God's sure promise of a resurrection as set forth in the Bible (Acts 24:15, John 5:28, 29). Those who are raised to life on a restored paradise earth will have the prospect of never again being subjected to misery, sickness, and death (Revelation 21:4).