Former Berkeley County Coroner Glenn Rhoad dies after fight with cancer, remembered for public service

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Glenn Rhoad, a longtime public servant who served as Berkeley County coroner, a deputy and a National Guardsman, died early Wednesday after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 67.

Rhoad’s family was by his side, longtime friend and County Coroner Bill Salisbury said.

“He was a fighter,” Salisbury said. “He fought it right to the end.”

Friends and co-workers remembered Rhoad as a blunt and outspoken but caring man who dedicated his life to Pimlico and Berkeley County.

“I would rate him probably as one of the greatest public servants Berkeley County has ever had,” Sheriff Wayne DeWitt said.

Rhoad was a founding member of the Pimlico Fire Department, and served on many boards over the years, including the Fraternal Order of Police Board of Directors.

He received the Silver Crescent Award for outstanding service from Gov. Nikki Haley earlier this year.

Rhoad started as a county constable and later became a deputy not long after DeWitt. He served in the Sheriff’s Office for more than two decades before retiring as a captain.

“His word was his bond,” DeWitt said. “What he told you, you could believe.”

Both Salisbury and Rhoad considered running for coroner in 2002, but Salisbury said he suggested that Rhoad run and make him chief deputy if he won. “He said, ‘You got it, bud.’ ”

Rhoad would go on to serve two terms as coroner. Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten said Rhoad was a dedicated public servant who brought a wealth of experience to the coroner’s office. He knew the county and its residents intimately, and his law enforcement background gave him additional perspective and insight on cases, particularly those involving violent deaths, she said.

“He gave a lot of his time, energy and talent to Berkeley County in many capacities,” she said.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight in McAlister-Smith Funeral Home’s Goose Creek Chapel, 869 St. James Ave. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel.

Glenn Smith contributed to this report.

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