Justin JaQuayle Glenn, affectionately called “Spoiled Rotten” or “Momma’s Twin”, was born on July 29, 1995 in Columbia, South Carolina to the late Kareem J. Glenn and his loving mother, Carolyn Cranford Johnson. He tragically departed this life too soon on October 3, 2019, due to senseless gun violence. [The Richland County Sheriff’s Department has reported sixteen (16) homicide cases since January of 2019. In 2018, there were thirty-five (35) people murdered in Richland County, (seven of these being justifiable), which totaled more murders in any year in the last decade. Only four of those cases remain unsolved.]
At a very early age, Justin attended Open Door Christian Ministries. He began his formal education in the public schools of Richland County School District Two where, he attended Blythewood High School, but later graduated from Richland One Adult Education. He was employed part-time with McEntire Produce of Columbia, South Carolina.
Although Justin struggled with a learning disability, his desire was to simply be accepted by others. Often times, he was misunderstood when it appeared that he would not conform to what others felt was best; however, Justin was very goal-oriented and self-motivated. Upon accepting who he was and understanding that God created him to be different, Justin would always remain focused on the things he aspired to achieve in spite of what others thought.
Justin indeed was a people-person and loved spending time with his family and friends. Anyone who knew him understood that he was very protective of his loving mother! He enjoyed playing football, listening to music, and loved being outside. He was an avid video gamer and enjoyed attending movies even if it meant going by himself. As he interacted with his family and close friends, Justin would often make others laugh with all the funny faces he made! He found inspiration daily in Erykah Badu’s “Didn’t Cha Know”…
Loving memories of Justin’s life will be cherished by his mother, Carolyn (Demetris) Johnson; seven siblings: Moses Counts (Augusta, GA), Jamarshus and Jeremy White (Columbia, SC), Delorin Glenn (Mableton, GA), Malachi Travers (Accokeek, MD), Demetria (Vincent) Scott (Columbia, SC), and Dennis (Jessica) Taylor (Columbia, SC); his maternal grandfather, L. C. Cranford (Hartsville, SC); paternal grandmother, Sandra Glenn (Winnsboro, SC); four aunts: Lisa (Larry) Bess, Joni (Carlos) Pendergrass (both of Hartsville, SC), India (George) Foster, (Savannah, GA) and Makeeba Elmore (Lake City, SC); a special aunt, Sharon Smith (Columbia, SC); four uncles: James Green (Hilton Head, SC), Greg (Shamonia) Palmer (Anderson, SC), Terry Sanders (Hartsville, SC), and Marvin Glenn (Columbia, SC); a host of great aunts, uncles and cousins; two very special cousins: Myya Johnson and Journee English (both of Columbia, SC); and two nieces: Melissa Abbes (Columbia, SC) and Skylar Miller (Mableton, GA).
Also left to cherish Justin’s memories are his two very special friends Xavier Coad and Anna Brigman, as well as a host of “adopted” brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles simply because he was loved by so many.
Several family members have preceded Justin in death: Mrs. Hattie D. Cranford (maternal grandmother), Mrs. Janice M. Sanders (paternal aunt), Mr. Melvin Glenn (paternal grandfather), and Mr. Marvin Glenn, Jr. (cool cousin)