To Demopolis With Love: Ogletree leaves lasting legacy

Published 4:49 pm Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Buddy Galon, well-known Hollywood stage, television and motion picture personality, left a total of $50,000 to five organizations in Demopolis following his death on July 4, 2013, according to a letter sent to Lloyd & Dinning law firm.

Galon, a former resident of Demopolis, donated the money in honor of his late mother, Imadelle Ogletree, who was a 41-year resident of Demopolis.

The law firm of Lloyd and Dinning received an envelope in mid-July with a letter from Galon and five checks that he wanted the firm to distribute. The checks, worth $10,000 each, were made to Gaineswood, Bluff Hall, Marengo County History and Archives Museum, Demopolis Music Study Club and Demopolis Public Library, Ogletree’s favorite places in Demopolis.

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The Times could not independently verify the contents of the letter,  but did confirm that the checks had been received and distributed to the five organizations.

In Galon’s letter, which was also mailed to The Times, he stated that Ogletree “truly loved Demopolis.”

She was known for her contributions in the areas of music, education, religion, civic affairs and business in Demopolis.

In addition to fiscal donations, Galon also donated a collection of his published books on English aristocracy, Hollywood and the Kennedy’s to Demopolis Public Library.

“We were thrilled that he thought enough of us to give such a generous donation,” said Morgan Grimes Allen, director of Demopolis Public Library.

Galon, a native of Atlanta, lived in Demopolis for many years and graduated from Demopolis High School in 1958. He was well known for his Walt Disney child performances and his role as director for Lucille Ball films.