Jim Glasgow

Jim Glasgow

Jim Glasgow | Jim Glasgow
The Messenger. 06.10.08 Completed arrangements are being announced for James Monroe “Jim” Glasgow, 88, of Union City who died June 9, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at White-Ranson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Joe Piercey officiating. Burial will follow in East View Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home 5-8 p.m. today. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Gene Crawford, Dr. Grover Jewell, George Thomas, Dr. Tom Mayo, Wallace Crider, Randy Chism, Kirk Moore, Lori Damons, Amy Petty, Shanna Cook, Linda Rice, Bill Acree, John Tanner, Shine Jessup, Phil Harris, Mike Maloan, Ned Ray McWherter and Johnny Tate. The family requests that memorials be made to Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church or the Union City Rotary Club scholarship fund. Glasgow, who represented the State of Tennessee before the U.S. Supreme Court in a landmark case — Baker vs. Carr — that established the principle of one man, one vote, was born Feb. 17, 1920, in Weakley County. His parents were the late William Ayers and Mary (Dismuke) Glasgow. He married the former Jo Evelyn Burkeen Sept. 17, 1943. She survives. He earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee, after beginning his undergraduate work at the former University of Tennessee Junior College at Martin. He was also a 1939 graduate of Dresden High School. A World War II U.S. Army Air Corp veteran, he was a member of Union City Rotary Club and Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church in Union City. Glasgow began his private law practice in Dresden in 1948 and continued there until he was appointed assistant attorney general in 1952, an office he held until 1961. He has been a partner in the Elam, Glasgow & Chism law firm since 1963 and was city attorney for the City of Union City from 1975-2001. He was a member of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee, Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure (1975-78); the Board of Governors of the Tennessee Bar Association (1975-78); and the House of Delegates of the Tennessee Bar Association (1977-78). He was also chairman of the Supreme Court Commission on Specialization (1978-81) and the Tennessee Bar Foundation (1987-88). In addition, he was a member of the Obion County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association, American Judicature Society and American Board of Trial Advocates and was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Bar Foundation. He was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. As a member of Union City Rotary Club, he earned the club’s highest honor and was named a Paul Harris Fellow. He had been president of the Obion County Chamber of Commerce (1971-73), a member of the University of Tennessee Development Council (1974) and the UT Alumni Board of Governors (1968-69). He was also instrumental in establishing the junior college at Martin as a four-year university — the University of Tennessee at Martin. Survivors also include his son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Jenna Glasgow of Union City; two daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Dr. Ron Kirkland of Jackson and Linda and Alan Graham of Union City; nine grandchildren and their spouses, Arthur Kirkland of Knoxville, James and Misty Kirkland of Jackson, William and Kerry Kirkland of Brentwood, Dr. Frances and Jake Lawhead, Ben and Julie Glasgow and Heidi Graham, all of Memphis, Ryan Glasgow of Richmond, Va., Emily and Adam Kinser of Pennington Gap, Va., and John Graham of Union City; and two great-grandchildren, Caleb Kirkland and Eli Kirkland, both of Brentwood. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Elyse Story. Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home Web site: www.white-ranson.com.

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