Dr. Glenda Sherer Crawford
Dr. Glenda Sherer Crawford, 77, passed away on Monday morning Sept. 26, 2011, at University of Miami Hospital. Glenda was born to Clay Olin and Fannie Smith Sherer on Jan. 23,1934, in Jasper. A graduate of Walker County High School in Jasper, Glenda went on to earn her bachelor’s degree and her master’s degree from Florence State Teachers College. Glenda began her professional career as a teacher at 19 years of age. Glenda later earned her doctor of philosophy degree in educational management systems. After moving to Miami, Fla., in 1958, Dr. Crawford taught calculus and algebra at Southwest Miami Senior High School. Dr. Crawford opened Miami Killian Senior High School as the chairman of the math department. From Killian, she moved to Hialeah Senior High School in her first administrative role. She later served as assistant principal at Miami Coral Park. In 1976, she returned to Southwest as Dade County’s first female senior high school principal, where she remained for 12 years. Upon her retirement from the Florida education system, Glenda returned to her hometown to serve as the principal of Maddox Middle School in Jasper for the next 10 years. In June of 1998, she returned to Miami and took an administrative position at Gulliver Academy where she served until her final retirement in 2009. While in Florida she was vice president of the Florida High School Athletic Association Executive Board, and was the first female on that board. She also served as chairman of the Senior High Principals in Miami. During her tenure as a principal in Alabama, she served as the president of the Rotary Club, and was also the first female elected to that role.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, at Kilgore-Green Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, at New Prospect Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Jasper. Delmus Anthony and Dwayne Norman will officiate.
Dr. Crawford was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her beloved son, Douglas Wayne Crawford of Miami; brother, Wayland Smith Sherer; and sister-in-law, Wilene Banks Sherer of Jasper; cousin, Montae Cain and her children; nieces, Conra Reeves, Madonna Benson and Jennifer McClendon; nephew, Phillip Freeman; great-nieces, Kerri and Kaitiyn Reeves, Laschelle Benson and her two children; and great-nephew, Tyler McClendon.
The family requests memorial donations be made to the New Prospect Baptist Church, 770 Highway 5 North, Jasper, AL 35503.
You may register online at www.kilgoregreenfuneralhome. com.
Kilgore-Green Funeral Home, Jasper; 205-384-9503