Galloway Township's Junious "Jun" Glover was Jack Foulke's best friend. They grew close coaching youth wrestling together for the Galloway Township Mustangs.
"I talked to him every day on my way home from work. I get done at 2 p.m. and he worked the night shift (as a nurse's assistant). So I called every day at 2 to wake him up," said Foulke, 40, of Atco, who works for an armored car company.
Glover died suddenly in his sleep April 1, the day before his 31st birthday, leaving behind wife Cheryl Johnson-Glover; son Syhee, 13; son Jawon, 10; and twins, daughter Kaylen and son Jaylen, 8.
"We had to do something, so we came up with a beef and beer - and (in December) a wrestling tournament," Foulke said. "The last time everybody was together was at his funeral. We were all in shock. Now a little time has passed, we can sit back and remember him and tell stories."
Glover's friends who are holding the beef and beer include Robin Bowles, of Galloway, who does fundraising for the Galloway Renegades youth football league, where Glover also coached.
Her son Owen, 13, plays football in the league and is a good friend of Glover's oldest son Syhee, she said.
"They first met during peanut football in second grade. Jun became my son's buddy, too. My son is 13 and 6-feet 2-inches, and 205 pounds. Jun nicknamed him 'Big O' four years ago, and he's had that name since then."
Glover also volunteered to run a wrestling club at Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, Bowles said, to help wrestlers train in the off season.
Bowles shares Glover's birthday, and this year was tough.
"(On our birthday) it was always texts back and forth, so this year was bittersweet," she said. "I was fortunate to have had such a great friend. But we weren't going to celebrate any more birthdays together."
Foulke's 8-year-old son Tyler is a good friend of Glover's son Jaylen, and his 11-year-old daughter Morgan is a good friend of Kaylen, Cheryl Glover said.
Foulke has dealt with his pain by calling Cheryl Glover each day at
2 p.m., on his way home from work, he said. The Foulke and Glover families will take a trip to Orlando, Fla., together in August.
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If you go
Coach Jun Glover Beef & Beer, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 20 at The Smithville Inn. Tickets $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Call Jack Foulke at 856-261-2948 or Robin Bowles at 609-576-2543. Checks may be made out to the Jun Glover benefit and sent c/o Robin Bowles at 227 West Herschel Street, Egg Harbor Township, N.J., 08215.