Herman Glass passed in peace to be with his heavenly Father Dec. 24, 2013 at the age of 90 in Johnson City, TN.
He was preceded in death by his wife and companion of 34 years Christine Brumit Glass. Mr. Glass was survived by his wife and friend Doris Denny Glass, they were married Feb. 2, 1985.
He was the loving father of Tony Glass and Sharon Harmon, and the proud grandfather of Allan Glass, wife Megan, Todd Glass, wife Laura both of South Carolina, Rachel Glass, Leah and Christine Harmon, Cody and Shane Ledford, Senior Airman Garrett Ledford of San Angelo Texas, Daris Hodge, and Emily Moore, Keagan and Kary Gentry all of Johnson City
He was stepfather to Lori Ledford and Kevin Gentry of JC, Sherrie Gentry who died in 2000.
Great Grandfather to Hannah, Emily, Abagail and Ella Marie Glass, Molly, Emma, Ava Harmon, Radael Jr., Cain, Anibal Gutierrez, and BreeAnna Treadway
Herman will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a loving father, as someone who loved and respected people of all ages and taught a love for the value of life.
Mr. Glass was a homebuilder most of his life. He was creator and proprietor of Glass Construction Company. Over the years, he developed many subdivisions in the north Johnson City and Boones Creek areas as well as built numerous private residential homes. He changed the landscape in Boones Creek from agricultural into residential areas by building affordable homes. Mr. Glass was a past member of the Home Builders Association in Johnson City of which he was president for a few years.
Mr. Glass was a charter member of Boones Creek Bible Church where he taught adult Sunday School classes and served as a deacon for many years. Mr. Glass loved and supported his church, his family and God — he loved people and he loved life. Mr. Glass especially loved to travel, hunt and fish, garden, build, Hamilton Meats, living within his means, his “breakfast club,” Bluegills, Sitting Bull, Jays Boat Dock, and as a point of pride he sought bragging rights to the first ripe tomatoes each season. He had a life-long love affair with Alaska, music, old hymns, a good steak, prime rib, deviled eggs, oysters on the half shell, Butler country ham, the beach, Cadillacs, Florida fishing, nature, outsmarting squirrels, dove and pheasant hunting, scrabble, South Dakota and he continuously purposed to always remember the better parts of his 90 years of life. Having survived the depression, war times and many recessions he coined the phrase “What’s money?” Thoroughly interested in politics, he was fond of being called the Mayor of Boones Creek and took pride in his round table discussions at the Redwood Restaurant for many years. He loved humor and “speaking the truth.” One of his regrets was never learning to fly a plane. His signature fashion was a plaid button up cotton shirt, T-shirt underneath, denim shorts, grass stained cap and a pair of old school Reeboks.
Mr. Glass traveled extensively. He always stayed in the finest hotels or campgrounds. Even paid extra to upgrade to a creek view for his pop-up camper. Years later he purchased a motor home for his family to travel in style, which spoiled his children for life. He taught his children and grandchildren about God, character, honesty, to fish, to hunt, to select a quality hammer, to love nature, and to just be thankful.
Because of his love for his church, the funeral service for Mr. Glass will be conducted at 7:00 P.M. at Boones Creek Bible Church with family visitation from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. at the Church.
The graveside service and interment will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, December 28 at Monte Vista Memorial Park. Those who wish to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at Appalachian Funeral Home at 10:30 A.M. to travel in procession to the cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Allan Glass, Todd Glass, Kenneth Glass, Johnny Willis, Jesse Scott, Tracy Coates, Rocky Crowe, and Craig Harmon. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Brant, Wayne Stykes, Gary Barker, Rod Carter, Kevin Gentry, Lloyd Crowe and the Deacons of Boones Creek Bible Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial gifts be given to the Boones Creek Bible Church Missions Program. Also, many thanks to the NHC staff who took great care of him and his caretakers Martha and Tammy.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.appfh.net.
Appalachian Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 800 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Glass family. (423) 928-6111