Glenn A. Fleming, a native of Meridian, Mississippi was born May 17, 1952. He was the eldest of four siblings born to Leon and Eva P. Fleming.
Glenn completed Coleman High School in Greenville, Miss. He later received his Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Tennessee State University, where he had been a member of the Aristocrat of Bands. While at TSU he met Rita Elaine Pritchett, the love of his life. They were joined in marriage June 28, 1975. From their union two sons were born, Derek Adolphus and Justin Alonzo. He later completed his Master’s degree in ‘alcohol and drug studies’ from Jackson State University. His life long quest as a community advocate for the underprivileged and the underserved begin while he was in Jackson, Miss.
Later he and his family relocated to Nashville, Tenn. where he continued his efforts, serving as director of Prevention Services for the Tennessee Dept. of Mental Health. He united with Clark Memorial United Methodist Church where he was a faithful and devoted member for 26 years.
“Glenn loved the Lord Jesus Christ and made no apologies about it,” according to close friends. He also shared his musical talents with the Music Team lead by Leonard Morton at Clark’s Wednesday, noon, service with solos or leading his favorite song, ‘Jesus is a Rock in a Weary Land.’
Fleming’s love for his community led him to become involved in civic and social organizations. He was a lifetime member of the Nashville Chapter of the Tennessee State University Alumni Association and a loyal and devoted member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Glenn was an avid golfer and first class fisherman. He won several awards as a result of his love of golfing and fishing.
In 1993, Fleming became the executive director of the ASK (Alcohol, Screening and Knowledge) Program.
He leaves to cherish his memory a loving and devoted wife of 37 years, Rita Elaine; his mother and father, Leon and Eva Fleming; two sons, Derek A. (Gina) and Justin A. (Chiara); two brothers, Paul (Katie) and Terence (Wendy); one sister, Ava (Marlon); three grandchildren, Asheleigh, Dayzhonna, and Derek Aiden; mother-in-law, Irma Pritchett; sister-in-law, Anita (Robert) Greene; a spiritual son, Darrell Drumwright; a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, other relatives, church members and friends.
The Homegoing Celebration was held for Glenn A. Fleming on December 24, 2012 at The Temple Church with Rev. Dr. Kennard Murray presiding and Rev. Darrell A. Drumwright, officiating. Interment is at Greenwood Main Cemetery with services entrusted to Lewis and Wright Funeral Directors. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the ASK-PEP program at Payne Chapel AME Church at 212 Neil Avenue, Nashville, TN 37206.
ASK-PEP Prevention Program remembers Glenn A. Fleming
The ASK-PEP Prevention Program’s Executive Director Glenn A. Fleming was a man committed to leadership and achievement. Glenn was named 2008 Man of the Year by the Payne Chapel AME Church. In addition, he received several awards from the National Red Robin Campaign of the Tennessee Families in Action; spearheaded the TSU Annual Kick-Off Luncheon, under both Coach L.C. Cole and Coach James Reese; served as Kappa League advisor from 1993-1995; received the TSU Presidential Distinguished Service Award; and received an award for his devoted service to the TSU Athletic Department for the 2001-02 athletic season.
Glenn earned many more awards and served in other leadership capacities as well.
Through its ongoing efforts and initiatives, the Daniel Payne Outreach Ministries of Payne Chapel AME Church celebrates the life and legacy of Mr. Glenn A. Fleming, executive director of the ASK-PEP (Alcohol Screening and Knowledge & Parents Educating Parents) Program.
With the passing of Mr. Fleming on December 24, 2012, he leaves an enduring legacy of activism, community service and mentorship for youth and young adults among underrepresented populations. When Fleming became the executive director of the ASK-PEP Program at Daniel Payne Ministries, he distinguished the program in its first three years of service.
“As a result of Mr. Fleming’s efforts, the Ask-PEP Program was recognized by the state of Tennessee as the leading effort of its kind in steering at-risk youth toward higher academic achievement and community involvement while strengthening their relationships with teachers, parents and community officials,” said Daniel Payne Ministries Board Chair Dr. Cornelia Graves.
“Glenn’s favorite expression, ‘Acts of Love and Kindness Counteracts Meanness and Hate,’ compels us to think critically and continue to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our families,” said Rev. Sidney F. Bryant, pastor of Payne Chapel AME Church and chief executive of Daniel Payne Ministries. “ As we miss Glenn, we take comfort in the knowledge that our outreach is forever enhanced by his model of service, and we accept the challenge of continuing his legacy as we meet the needs of parents and youth in our community.”
Payne Chapel serves the east Nashville and middle Tennessee communities through the Daniel Payne Outreach Ministries, Inc. This outreach effort provides emergency food relief for area families in partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank (Living Breadbox), a leading alcohol and drug prevention program for at-risk teens (ASK-PEP Program), and preschool, before and aftercare service for children and youth (Daniel Payne Christian Childcare Center.) Payne Chapel is located at 212 Neill Avenue, Nashville.
This program remains an integral and effective tool in the community, serving at risk teens in the middle Tennessee area. In 2008, the P.E.P. (Parents Empowering Parents) component was added to the ASK program. As a result, ASK-PEP was able to secure additional funding from state agencies to affect positive change in the lives of many.