James Franklin “Buddy” Glasgow, age 71, of Calera, passed away Friday evening, Feb. 5, 2010. He was surrounded by family during his final hours. Buddy had many friends in Shelby County and throughout the State of Alabama.
He was born and raised in the Siluria Community and was a lifelong resident of Shelby County. After graduating from Thompson High School, Buddy worked in various fields before entering the Armed Forces. After serving two years in the Army, he returned home and continued his military service in the 20th Division of the Special Forces. While working as a supervisor at Abex Manufacturing, Buddy decided to pursue a career in law enforcement. He worked several years as a police officer for the City of Alabaster before taking a position with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department. In 1978 Buddy was elected Sheriff of Shelby County and served in that position until 1990. After serving as Police Chief for the City of Calera, he retired in 1998. As a Mason, Buddy was a member of the local Corinthian Lodge, the Zamora Shrine and the Grand Lodge of Alabama. During his membership, he was honored to serve as the Grand Master of Alabama.
Buddy is survived by his wife, LeMoyne Daviston Glasgow. Together they shared five children, six grandchildren, and one great grandchild, Vickie (Rocky) Wright, Tim (Lisa) Glasgow, Dana (Kevin) Clement, Daryl (Connie) Payton, Blair Payton, Rebecca Bearden, Kristin Penhale, Courtney Wright, Haley Payton, Daviston Payton, Payton Clement, Katlin Bearden. One brother, Gene (Mary) Glasgow, five sisters, Nellie (Robert) Kiinstler, Cheryl Pierce, Betty (Jim) Carrol, Mary (James) Ray, Glenda Glasgow and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Fletcher and Edna Glasgow, his son Jamie Glasgow, sisters, Nina Glasgow and Louise Sillery.
The visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at Calera Baptist Church. A funeral service will also be held at the church Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, at 11 a.m. A full Masonic Graveside service will follow at Shelby Memory Gardens.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Buddy’s honor to Calera Baptist Church or North Shelby Baptist Church.
Arrangements were under the direction of Charter Funeral Home in Calera.