Eddie Lee Glass, Sr. • December 24, 2019
Eddie Lee Glass Sr., age 77, died peacefully, surrounded by a host of family and friends, on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, FL . Eddie’s health had been declining during the past several years but his death came very unexpectedly following a cardiac event on Friday.
To his family and friends, Eddie was a “larger than life” persona with a big smile and a bigger heart. He was born on August 6, 1942 in Cottondale, Florida and spent all of his childhood and youth in the same community. He played high school basketball and his small team of players were state basketball champions in 1958, 1959 & 1960. During his early adult life Eddie married then later divorced his first wife Sheryll Hill with whom he fathered amazing children. During that time he was a fertilizer and farm products salesperson for IMC. He later moved to Pensacola and worked for Monsanto, then decided to become an auctioneer. He went to auctioneer school in Oklahoma – he had finally found his calling. Eddie became a successful auctioneer selling livestock auctions in Dothan, Geneva, Elba and Friscto City, Alabama and later in Tampa and Lakeland, Florida. He also became successful at auctioning automobiles and sold automobile auctions in Dothan, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida. During this time, Eddie also bought and sold cattle and owned and operated his own cattle transport truck.
On September 3, 1983; he married his second wife, Linda Powell in Pensacola. Not long after their marriage, Eddie’s creative juices were at max potential and he decided that automobile auctions should not be for dealers only – the general public should be offered an opportunity to get the “good deal” on a used car. So Eddie opened the first public automobile auction in Pensacola, “AAA Auto Auction”, in 1984 on a property he rented on Creighton Road in Pensacola. The story from that point becomes very long and involved – it encompassed the next 15 years of Eddie and Linda’s marriage – the auction became more successful with time and it was relocated to two different locations on Nine Mile Road in Pensacola and eventually to the Wilcox Exit off Interstate 10 in Alabama. After several complicating factors occurred in 1998, Eddie decided to sell the auction and did so in October 1998. He returned to his family farm in Graceville, Florida and began raising registered Angus cattle – he and Linda maintained their primary home on Perdido Key which they had purchased in 1987 but Eddie mostly stayed at the farm during the week while Linda worked for Gulf Power Company.
That all came to an end in 2004 with Hurricane Ivan – Eddie sold all the cattle, the hurricane took away their home, and for the next year he pursued building a new home back on Perdido Key where the original home had been located. His wife, Linda, retired in 2006, and for the next 6 years they shared some amazing travels together – Eddie loved it all – Yellowstone, the Caribbean Islands, Europe, Hawaii, seeing the kids out west in Utah and Idaho. He and Linda were living a fairytale life, but Eddie was developing a lot of health problems and in 2012 suffered a huge setback after traveling to his granddaughters wedding in Idaho and had to be flown home on a private jet due to serious breathing issues. Unfortunately that ended all the traveling and he never left home again. In January 2019, Eddie developed a neurological condtion that rendered him wheelchair and bed bound – he was never the “happy “guy again and that infectious smile was forever gone.
Eddie was preceded in death by his parents, Pruitt L and Jean C. Glass and two of his most loyal auction employees, Janet Scruggs and David Gray. Eddie is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Linda Powell Glass, a brother Dennis Glass (Judy) of Sneads, FL, a sister Robbye Fleming (Ron) of Pensacola, 5 children: Allison Finch of Poplarville, MS, Eddie Glass Jr. (Gloria) of Pensacola, Shannon Whitney (Ward) of Soda Springs, ID, Justin Glass (Danyiel) of Pensacola, and Jim Bob Cross (Melissa) of Stigler, OK. Survivors also include his mother and father in law, Carroll and Jeanette Powell, of Pensacola, 3 sisters in law, Edith McCluskey (Matthew), Patricia Powell, and Laura Orr, all of Pensacola. Eddie is also survived by a special young man Glen Alberson (Shari) whom Eddie & Linda thought of as a son, 9 nieces and
nephews, 9 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren together with several grandchildren and great grandchildren that became part of his amazing family through marriage.
We want to extend special thanks and appreciation to Eddie’s loyal in home caregivers for the last year , Clarissa and Latoya. Eddie would ask every day “what time are my girls getting here today” – they loved him, spoiled him and took wonderful care of him. Also special thanks to the physical therapists, Mike and Jamie, and our in home nurse, Kate, — you were all wonderful to Eddie, pushed him to the max potential and most of all, cared about him.
Eddie loved and was loved by all that knew him – especially his amazing family – We will miss you forever Papa Eddie, Daddy, Brother, and My Amazing Husband — the world will not be the same without you!
The family will receive visitors at Pensacola Memorial Gardens, 7433 Pine Forest Rd, Pensacola, FL on Friday evening from 5 until 7 PM. Services for Eddie will be Saturday morning at the same location (Pensacola Memorial Gardens) at 11 AM and burial will follow at Pensacola Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Eddie’s grandsons, Jed Thomas, Robert Glass, Houston Glass, and Ryan Finch, and his longtime friends, Bobby Fred Wetherington and Ray Scruggs.