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March 11, 2009

Spurlock delves into the past

Moultrie history buff’s research assists author with Civil War book

MOULTRIE — What started as an interest in family history has turned into quite a bit more for Glen Spurlock of Moultrie.

Spurlock, a north Georgia native, was turned on to genealogy by his great-aunt, who compiled a history of his paternal grandmother’s side of the family, self-published it and distributed it to the family. The book included stories, such as when her grandfather — Spurlock’s great-great-grandfather — hid the family horses to keep the invading Union Army from confiscating them.

An avid reader, Spurlock was already interested in history, and the book pushed him to try to learn more about his paternal grandfather’s side of the family. He met with limited success.

“I don’t think they ever signed a legal document in their lives,” he lamented, “[at least] not in Georgia.”

Spurlock considered getting a college history degree, but instead majored in geography with a minor in history.

“I had hoped to be a military officer through ROTC in college,” he said, “but because of a bad knee I had to seek gainful employment.”

“Gainful employment” in Spurlock’s case meant becoming a caseworker for the Department of Family and Children Services in Newton County, east of Atlanta, in April 1971. He survived 15 months.

“A lot of people get burned out as caseworkers,” he said.

Just as Spurlock was taking all he could take at DFCS, Gov. Jimmy Carter reorganized state government, placing DFCS and other agencies under the Department of Human Resources. The change opened a position in records management, and Spurlock made the move. Not too long afterwards, he changed jobs again to manage records at the state Department of Education.

Spurlock went back to college, getting his master’s and six-year certification in school library media. He was working on his doctorate in 1983 when his son was born. He decided Atlanta wasn’t a good place to raise children, so he sent out resumes to school systems throughout the state. Colquitt County hired him as school librarian at the junior high (later Willie J. Williams Middle School). He transferred to the high school in the 1997-98 school year, and last year he became an instructional technology specialist.

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