Floyd Glass, former St. Tammany Parish councilman, dies at 80 _lowres

Floyd Glass

Floyd Glass, a former St. Tammany Parish councilman who spent more than three decades in local politics, died Monday. He was 80.

Glass, who represented the Madisonville area, was first elected to the Parish Council in 1980. He continued to serve when the parish reverted to a police jury — a form of government in which elected officials serve as members of both the legislative and executive branches — and then sat on the revived council when it returned in 1998.

He was defeated by Marty Dean in 2003.

Glass was a Madisonville native who graduated from Covington High School. He worked for Avondale Shipyard for 15 years and owned Floyd’s Shell Service.

Constituents would come by Floyd’s to chew the fat and tell Glass about their problems, said Councilman Richard Tanner, who served on the council with Glass in the early 1980s.

Glass would cook something at the station one day a week, Tanner said, usually wild game, seafood or alligator. While he never advertised it, people knew he had something cooking. “He always had something going — boiled crawfish, boiled shrimp. He made a good gumbo,” Tanner said.

Glass also was known for his sense of humor and occasional malapropisms.

“He was a real fixture in Madisonville for years,” Tanner said. “He’s always been real active in Madisonville and did a great job.”

Glass served as a constable and justice of the peace before running for the Parish Council and also was chief of the Madisonville Volunteer Fire Department.

Survivors include his wife, Inez June Glass; two sons, Ronald and Kenneth Glass; two daughters, Debbie Glass Collom and Donna Glass Reno; a sister, Eva Oalman; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Covington, 16333 La. 1085, Covington. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Theodore Dendinger Cemetery in Madisonville.

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