REMEMBERING THE LIFE OF THE SHERIFF WITHOUT A GUN

The Rev. Thomas Gilmore died on Sunday in Birmingham. He was 74.

Gilmore was the first black sheriff in Greene County and one of the first three black sheriffs in Alabama. He was known as “the sheriff without a gun,” and he never carried a weapon during his 12-year tenure. Residents said they looked up to Gilmore and respected him for his nonviolent practice.

When he wasn’t on duty for the sheriff’s office, he was a pastor at First Baptist Church in Ensley. He was also known for being a civil rights activist and worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His love for his faith and his community was like second nature.

Friends and family paid their respects at Greene County High School on Saturday, when he was laid to rest. Speakers shared memories of Gilmore and said he will be truly missed.

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