Bobby Glover drives ACTS bus for Piedmont
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
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Bobby Glover in front of ACTS bus. Photo: Anita Kilgore/The Jacksonville News
Bobby Glover in front of ACTS bus. Photo: Anita Kilgore/The Jacksonville News
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Bobby Glover, 74, was born and reared in Piedmont. The only time he’s lived elsewhere was when he was in his early 20s and in the National Guard. He was stationed six months at Leonardwood, Mo.

Glover’s parents are the late Thad and Bernice (Langston) Glover. The Glovers lived on Logan Street in the mill village. That’s where Glover and his brothers lived and played and where they met many lifelong friends. The other two Glover brothers are Paul and Ray. Paul is deceased, and Ray still lives in Piedmont.

Glover said while his parents made the family a living by working at Standard-Coosa-Thatcher, he and his brothers helped out by working in the yard and gathering coal and wood for the fire in wintertime.

A few years after graduating from Piedmont High School in 1959, Glover went to work at Standard-Coosa-Thatcher. He stayed there 20 years and worked in the roller shop grinding material that came out of the spinning room.

After the mill closed he went to work at Anniston Army Depot. He stayed there 10 years where he worked at the propane station. After retiring from AAD, he quickly learned that he didn’t like not having a job.

“I didn’t like retirement life too well,” he said. “So I put in for a job with the city, and they gave it to me.”

For the past 12 years, he’s worked as a public transportation driver. He drives the Area Community Transportation Service (ACT) bus five days a week, delivering residents to doctors’ offices, grocery stores and other places they need to go. One of those days, he drives residents to Jacksonville, Anniston and Oxford to their doctors’ appointments in those cities.

“It’s a good job,” he said. “You get to meet a lot of people. I’m glad I have a lot of patience. Like they say patience is a virtue because I spend a lot of time waiting on people. I meet some interesting people though, and the City of Piedmont has good people to work for.”

Glover said he’s proud that Piedmont has such a convenience for its residents.

“It’s a very good service for the elderly people, and it’s very cheap,” he sid. “I’m glad they’ve got it in Piedmont and I’m glad to be able to help with it. It’s enjoyable.”

Glover said he has no plans for retirement.

“If my health holds up, I won’t retire anytime soon,” he said. “My health is very good right now. I have to take medicine for high blood pressure, but I’m in pretty good shape to be my age, I guess.”

Glover and his wife, the former Glenda Webb, have three children. Their son, Michael, and daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Dwayne Bragg, live in Piedmont. Their daughter, Cathy Studdard, whose husband is David, is a resident at Piedmont Healthcare Center. Cathy was injured in the 2010 tornado that hit the area.

The Glovers have four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, who are cherished by their grandfather.

“I love being around them,” said Glover. “They’re very good kids.”

The Glovers are members of Piedmont Holiness Church.

On reflecting about growing up in the mill village, Glover said it was a great place to grow up.

“We gather up down at the civic center,” he said. “I meet up there with a lot of the boys that I grew up with and we talk over old times.”

Contact Margaret at pollya922@gmail.com.
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