After an accidental drowning, Miller County's longtime Sheriff H.E. 'Buddy' Glass was laid to rest Thursday. The homegoing service was held at the First Baptist Church of Colquitt.
Hundreds turned out to pay their respects, including many from the Georgia Sheriff's Association.
"We're a brotherhood. We're a big family of 159 men and women throughout the state who support their community and enforce law in their communities," said Sheriff Sproul, Dougherty County Sheriff's Office.
During the funeral service, representatives from the Georgia Sheriff's Association, Senator Saxby Chambliss' Office, and Congressman Sanford Bishop's Office made presentations about the life Sheriff 'Buddy' Glass lived.
"This shows the love and support for the family and for him for the dedication that he has given to the sheriff's office and to the state of Georgia and the community that he was sheriff in," said Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals, Region President for the Georgia Sheriff's Association.
Those who worked closely with Sheriff Glass say after years on the job and entering his fifth term in office, his dedication to the people never wavered.
"We were in the process of trying to do a drug court for first offenders, several different things to help young people. He was very passionate about trying to help people," said Dr. Carl Marshall, Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Colquitt.
As the beloved sheriff is laid to rest, friends say the community is filled with a void, but in spite of his passing, officials say 'Buddy' would want them to go on."They'll have to carry on like he would want them to, to operate the sheriff's office as needed until they get a special election for the new sheriff to step in," said Sheriff Rachals.