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Cecil Lanier Glunt

June 22, 1941 — April 24, 2024


Cecil Lanier Glunt, 82, of Powhatan, Virginia died April 24, 2024. 

Cecil is preceded in death by his parents, Lula Mae Glunt and Cecil Clifton Smith. Mother of his children, Angell Glunt and infant son, Stacy Kyle Glunt. 

Cecil is survived by his first son, Anthony Glunt (Heather), of Chesterfield, VA; third son, Michael Glunt (Jordan) of Midlothian, VA; only grandson, Corbin Glunt (Emily) of Columbia, VA; sister, Laura Rosser, of Forest, VA; niece, Katie Rosser, of Philadelphia, PA; nephew, George Rosser (Whitney) of Forest, VA. Cecil was born in Chipley, Georgia on June 22, 1941. After a difficult and sometimes tumultuous childhood, he joined the Army at the age of 18. Eventually, Cecil was accepted into the United States Army Special Forces and fought with ferocity in the Vietnam War. 

After an honorable discharge from the Army, Cecil was hired by the  Richmond City Police Department. As a patrolman, Cecil was involved in multiple high profile cases including a shootout that resulted in the wounding and apprehension of James Briley. This incident led to the further arrests of the infamous serial killer gang of the Briley Brothers. 

Before retiring from The Richmond Police Department in 1979, Cecil had worked in the detective division in areas of narcotics, and homicide. During his time as a detective, Cecil was directly involved with the clearance of multiple high profile cases including the case of Leroy Mason, who was convicted of double murder in 1974 and the clearance of the Green Acres Murder case through undercover work. 

After retiring from the Richmond City Police Department, Cecil founded Central Virginia Investigations, a private investigation firm that still exists today under the name, CVI Investigations and Security. While operating Central Virginia Investigations, Cecil worked pro bono for multiple years in an effort to free Jeffrey Cox. Cox had been wrongly convicted of abduction and murder in 1991. In 1999, after a lengthy investigation, Cecil turned his case files over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation who later found new evidence which led to the exoneration of Cox and the conviction of another individual. Cox was exonerated in 2001 and freed from prison. 

The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Heather Kite for her diligent efforts in helping Cecil stay in his own home as long as possible. They would also like to thank the entire staff at Tyler's Retreat for providing the love and care that Cecil deserved at the end of his life. 

Visitation will be held Saturday, May 4th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Bennett & Barden Funeral Home, located at 3215 Anderson Hwy, Powhatan, VA. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Richmond Animal League online at or to National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund at 
To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Cecil Lanier Glunt, please visit our flower store.

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Saturday, May 4, 2024

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

Bennett and Barden Funeral Home and Cremation Services

3215 Anderson Hwy., Powhatan, VA 23139

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