Former Berkeley County Coroner Glenn Rhoad dies after battle with cancer

Glenn Rhoad, who served as Berkeley County’s coroner for eight years, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. File photo.

Glenn Rhoad, who served two terms as Berkeley County coroner after retiring from the sheriff’s office, died early this morning after a long bout with cancer. He was 67.

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

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

Rhoad retired as a captain after more than two decades with the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office and then ran for coroner. He served for two terms beginning in 2003.

He was a founding member of the Pimlico Fire Department, a constable 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.

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

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 Thursday 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.