Columbus Enquirer And Ledger, Columbus, Georgia. Monday, January 4, 1982
Retired Local Pastor Dr. Glaze Is Dead
Dr. Byram H. Glaze, “an unwavering spiritual giant” who’d been pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Columbus for nearly three decades, died today at St. Francis Hospital.
Glaze, 67, 3023 13th Ave., was one of Columbus’ first radio ministers and started a pamphlet and booklet ministry that reached millions. He remained an outspoken opponent to liberalized
liquor laws in the city.
The funeral arrangements will be announced by Striffler-Hamby Macon Road Mortuary. Glaze had had cancer for some time, according to an associate.
Born May 18, 1914, in Walton County, Ga., he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. David Glaze. He’d lived in Columbus since 1948 and was the retired minister of Calvary Baptist Church at 3301 13th Ave., where he’d been pastor for 27 years. He’d retired in 1975.
He was a graduate of Toccoa Falls Institute and had received his doctorate at Trinity Bible College, formerly Florida Bible Institute, where he’d been a classmate of Billy Graham. Glaze’s entire ministry was in Columbus.
Over his career, though, Glaze preached in all 50 states and Cuba. His daily, and later weekly, lessons were broadcasts over Phenix City’s WPNX radio station for 21 years.
His non-profit corporation Calvary Crusades published more than 8 million booklets and tracts, which were distributed throughout the U.S. and in 37 foreign countries.
The Rev. Don Wilhite, who followed Glaze at Calvary Baptist, said he was an “unwavering spiritual giant” who’d been sought out by many elected officials for guidance. Since his retirement, Glaze had spoken at many area churches and had memorized the Book of Revelation, Wilhite said. The fate of Calvary Crusades, which Glaze had continued to head, hasn’t been decided, according to Wilhite.
He described Glaze as a quiet, strong man, who at the time of his retirement had been minister of a Columbus church longer than any other.
Once, Glaze called himself a “Bible minister,” and said he refused to “go modern” on anything that would lower the Bible’s standards. “If it’s Scriptural, then I go for it,” he said. “If it’s not, then I don’t.”
Survivors include his wife, Ruby; two daughters, Mrs. Bruce Forlines of Knoxville, Tenn., and Mrs. Donald Shuck of Plano, Texas; his mother, Violet Glaze of Doraville, Ga.; two sisters, Ruth Glaze of Doraville and Mrs. Roy Shiver of Conyers, Ga.; three brothers, Herman Glaze of Doraville, Claude Glaze of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Robert Glaze of Toccoa; five grandchildren.