(Photo: Carol Glover Memorial Fund on GoFundMe)
(Updated 1/24/2015) Mourners recalled the “easy spirit,” warmth, encouragement, and faith of an Alexandria, Va. resident who died in a Metro train accident on Jan. 12.
Carol Glover, 61, was among those on a Metro Yellow Line train which suffered an electrical malfunction near the L’Enfant Plaza station on Jan. 12, causing it to fill with smoke. Glover suffered from asthma and was overcome by the smoke, and died despite efforts by fellow passengers to revive her.
The Jan. 19 service for Glover was held at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Northeast D.C., where she was a member. A packed audience of hundreds of church members, family, colleagues, friends and coworkers were in attendance. Associate Pastor Andy Johnson gave the sermon.
“We gather here to remember the life of Carol and to mourn her death,” he said.
Carol’s son, Anthony R. Glover II , first spoke about his mother. His speech was long but eventful. Her other son, Marcus Glover, also attended.
“I just want to say, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, I see all of you; thank you for remembering my mom,” Anthony Glover said.
In his eulogy, he spoke about the week since his mother’s death, shared memories and stories of her that made people laugh, and acknowledged fellow passenger Jonathan Rogers for helping his mother during the subway tragedy. Rogers was seated with Glover’s family.
Carol Glover’s sister, Donna I. Perry, said her sister always told her, “Donna, you can’t let the small stuff worry you.” She added, “Carol is resting in perfect peace. Thank you.”
“We all come here to praise the Lord,” said Corinne Inman, Glover’s mother. Inman explained that her husband also died from smoke inhalation, telling those gathered, “Stay on track, you’ll see the light at the end of the tunnel. Carol’s death was to make a change.”
Glover was a senior analyst working as a contractor for the federal government. One of her past colleagues, George Norris, worked with her as an IT consultant years ago at the Department of the Navy.
“She was on a team of software developers,” Norris said. “The big smile, she was astute and passionate about IT. I loved that about her because I’m the same way.”
Kenny S., known as “Snake” when he attended Eastern High School in Southeast D.C with Glover said, “If it wasn’t for Carol I would have failed algebra and geometry. She was very good when it came to math,” and later added, “When I saw what happened to her on TV, I jumped.”
“It was His to give, it was His to take,” Johnson said. “Death may have taken Carol by surprise, but Carol was prepared for that day.”