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Glenn Tierce¬†Whitfill, age 81, of Sweetwater, passed away Saturday,¬†March 5, 2011, at Abilene Regional Medical Center.¬†
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at First Christian Church with Pastor David Stevens officiating.¬†Burial will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery.¬†Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 from 6-8 p.m.
Glenn Tierce Whitfill was born Aug. 6, 1929, in Lockney, Texas to Frank and Cassie (Tierce) Whitfill, Floyd County pioneers.¬†After graduation from Lockney High School, Glenn married Ruby Jewel Nichols, daughter of Alvin and Louzilla (Cox) Nichols¬† on July 6, 1947, at her parents‚Äô home near South Plains, Texas.¬†They lived in Floyd County and farmed until 1957, when the family moved to Mathis, Texas, where he began his career with Ralston-Purina dealerships.¬†
He moved to Sweetwater in 1960 where he and his wife Ruby worked for the local Purina dealership, Porter Feed Company.¬†They purchased the business in 1969 and changed the name to El Rancho Feed Company, Inc. They sold the dealership in 1984 and moved to Lake Sweetwater.¬†Glenn was a musician, and for many years he had his own band, playing mandolin and bass guitar.¬†He then joined the Bonnie Workman Band for 25 years and later played with¬† Claude French‚Äôs band, The Drifters.¬†They played for various senior dances, musicals and at nursing homes.¬†During summers in Ruidoso, New Mexico, he played with the Good News Band at the J-Bar-J Country Church.¬†He also played with the Good News Band at church services during the annual Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium in Ruidoso.¬†He was a member of First Christian Church in Sweetwater and J-Bar-J Country Church in Ruidoso.¬†
He held several civic appointments in Sweetwater and the surrounding area.¬†He served on the boards of Bitter Creek Water Supply, including a term as superintendent; Sweetwater Livestock Show, which was dedicated to him in 1980; the Sweetwater Auditorium; and the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce.¬†After moving to the lake, he helped organize the Lake Sweetwater Volunteer Fire Department, serving as Fire Chief and later Advisor.¬† A plaque in his honor hangs in the LSVFD fire station.¬†Art was one of his hobbies, and one of his paintings hangs in the Pioneer Museum in Sweetwater.¬†At¬† the time of his death, he was on the nominating committee of the Taylor Electric Cooperative.¬†
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ruby.¬†His children include daughters, Judy Allen of Gulf Breeze, Florida; Cindy Michaels and husband Terre of Garland, Texas; Ann Seay and husband Melvon of Seminole, Texas; and Patricia Hamra and husband Kent of Lewisville, Texas.¬†Grandchildren include Davvyonnae Krehl and husband Matthew of Pensacola, Florida; Stefanie Michaels of Little Elm, Texas; Spencer Hamra of Lewisville, Texas; Amy Bates of Irving, Texas; Nick Mays of Odessa, Texas; Tasha Perkins and husband J.D. of Odessa, Texas; Bobby Landrum of Odessa, Texas;¬†Cristine Cummings and husband Tim of Arlington, Texas; Keslie Holt and Austin Holt.¬†Great-grandchildren include Makayla Krehl of Pensacola, Florida; and¬† Ethan Wilmore of Lewisville, Texas. He is also survived by a brother, James Whitfill and wife Marie of Plainview, Texas; a sister, Martha Jennings and husband Melvin of Tulia, Texas; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.¬†
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Cassie Whitfill; a brother, Forrest; a sister, Dorothy; and daughter, Sue Landrum and husband Robert.¬†
Pallbearers will be Sam Kenney, Waylon Pyburn, Tony Ham, Santana Archuleta, Henry Ortega and D.J. ‚ÄúCotton‚ÄĚ Rister.¬†
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Hendrick Hospice Care, 1682 Hickory, Abilene, Texas 79601.