Jasper Carl Glass

Published 3:26pm Monday, December 31, 2012

Jasper Carl Glass, 88, of Jemison died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster.

He was born on Friday, Dec. 19, 1924, in Jemison, son of the late Jasper N. Glass and the late Nellie Cobb Glass.

A World War II veteran, Carl served his country for three years in the South Pacific on Guam, Tinian and Saipan.

He was awarded four Bronze Stars among other medals for this service.

After he was discharged from the Army Air Corps, Carl came home to Jemison and finished high school.

He earned a B.A. degree in pre-medicine from the University of North Alabama.

He later worked for the State in the Pure Food and Drug Lab in Montgomery and retired from Abex Corporation as chief chemist of the Calera plant.

He participated in the Honor Flight, which flies WWII veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the WWII memorial, in 2009.

Carl was a member of the Calera Masonic Lodge, the Order of the Eastern Star, and of the United Methodist Church.

He served as a town councilman and as water commissioner for the city of Jemison.

He was also a reserve deputy for Shelby and Chilton counties.

Carl married Anne Crowe in June of 1948 and was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Surviving are his wife, Anne Crowe Glass of Jemison; daughters, Jacque Fugua, Texas, Jennifer Glass James of Birmingham, Michelle Glass (Kelley) Parker of Jemison; granddaughter, Autumn Glass of Jemison; grandsons, Patrick Fuqua, Texas, TJ Fuqua, Texas, Dylan Payton of Jemison, Aiden Parker of Jemison; adopted brother, Cecil Glass Murrah of Birmingham; nephews, Herman Glass of Leesburg, Alfred Glass of Baton Rouge, La.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jasper N. (Jape) and Nellie Cobb Glass; brother, Cecil Glass; brother, Marvin Glass; and infant granddaughter, Ashley N. Jackson.

Friends will be received from 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Martin Funeral Home Chapel.

Services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 11 a.m. at Martin Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Max Stinson officiating.

Interment will follow in Oak Grove Baptist Cemetery in Jemison.

Martin Funeral Home directing.

You may leave online condolences on the guest registry for the family at www.martinfuneralhomeinc.com.

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  • Reiko

    Google Alert brought your article to my attention.

    Recently, I watched “The War,” a seven-episode program by Ken Burns on DVD. (It originally aired a decade ago on PBS.) I visited the National WWII Museum in New Orleans and spent six hours in the Pacific Theater exhibits. At the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center, which is part of the War in the Pacific Historical Parks in Guam, I spent three hours, reading and watching everything there as well. As you can probably guess, I have been on a mission to understand better what had happened during WWII. In all of these cases, the undeniable Japanese atrocities made me sick to my stomach. I was born and raised in post-WWII Japan. By association, I will continue to carry the burden of history for the rest of my life.

    During the war, for the victor to show mercy to the vanquished was a foreign concept to the Japanese military. Consequently, when Japan surrendered unconditionally, all surviving Japanese feared the worst. This, however, did not happen. Instead, American soldiers brought food and treated the general public with compassion. This was a turning point in the Japanese perception of the so-called “enemy.” They became witness to an amazing grace beyond the realm of their comprehension. This is the reason people of my parents’ generation in Japan hold America to the highest pedestal – as I still do today as a naturalized U.S. citizen.

    My 2-minute video message of gratitude on YouTube at http://www.ThankYouVeterans.net was created for WWII veterans, such as Mr. Jasper Carl Glass. I regret that this video comes too late for Mr. Glass. I would appreciate it very much if you would please watch and share the video with his family members.

    Thank you.

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