By Tia Lynn Ivey
Wesley Glover, the 16-year-old Morgan County High School student involved in a drowning accident last month, passed away last weekend after battling to live on life support for weeks.
“With very heavy hearts, we share with you that Wesley passed away last night. He had been fighting so hard for about a month, and he had to have been so tired. Heather and Debbie (Wesley’s mother and grandmother) gave him permission to let go, and he set himself free. He died very peacefully in his sleep,” wrote Wesley’s family. “Your prayers kept this family strong, and they will continue to. We need them now more than ever. We know you need them, too. How do you live life without Wesley in it?”
Wesley was swimming in a pool in Rutledge when he nearly drowned on August 9. According to the incident report, County firefighters and EMS responded to the call, arriving at the West Main Street home to find Wesley unresponsive near the pool with an adult female performing CPR on him. First responders took over CPR and cleared an airway in the 15-year-old while transporting him to Morgan Memorial Hospital. Wesley transported to a medical center in Atlanta where he remained in critical condition and on life-support until he passed away on Sunday, Sept. 5.
A service will be held for Wesley on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Rutledge Baptist Church, located at 112 West Main Street in Rutledge. Visitation will commence at 10 a.m. and the memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. There will be a lively post-celebration of Wesley’s life at Rutledge’s city park after the memorial service.
“All you have to do is bring your dancing shoes and skateboards, wear your headphones, baggy pants and your hats backwards, and together, we will celebrate the life of an incredible young man,” wrote Wesley’s family. “We are looking forward to this special gathering of Wesley’s Warriors!!”
The family is asking that donations be made in lieu of flowers. People moved to give to the Glover family can visit: www.gofundme.com/wesleyglover. The GoFundMe Campaign as raised $9,775 so far for the Glover family. An account at WellsFargo Bank has also been established so anyone can donate in person to help the Glover family cover Wesley’s medical bills. To donate, visit any WellsFargo branch and ask about the Wesley Warriors’ fund.