Glenn Edward Wells (Gamma Phi) 1956-2019


Glenn was born September 24, 1956 in Dallas, Texas to Herman and Fay Wells. During Elementary school his family moved to Pritchett, Texas and Glenn attended Union Grove ISD where he began his music career playing the trumpet in the band. He graduated Valedictorian of Union Grove High School in 1975. He would go on to earn an Associates of Arts Degree from Kilgore College, Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Master of Arts and a Master of Education from Stephen F. Austin University.

Mr. Wells began his teaching career that spanned 39 years at West Rusk Junior High, then Lufkin Junior High West, Lufkin High School, Kilgore High School, Overton ISD, Gladewater High School, Pine Tree High School, and Chapel Hill High School. In 2011 Glenn was named Director of Bands for Kilgore College where he taught until his retirement in December 2018.

He served as a band division chair for TMEA and ATSSB, as well as, Concerto Competition Chair of the Texas Community College Band Directors Association. Mr. Wells was inducted into the Rangerette’s Forever and Kilgore College Athletics Hall of Fame. Glenn was a member of Phi Beta Mu and in the Spring of 2019, Glenn was inducted into the Texas Band Masters Hall of Fame as well as the SFA Band Directors Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Tracy Brown Wells of Kilgore; two sons, Kirk Wells and his wife, Margot of Longview, John Wells of Kilgore; his in-laws, Don and Neva Brown of Lufkin, Judy and Henry Shoffitt of Diboll; his sister-in-law, Ginger Shults and her husband Billy of Diboll; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister-in-law, LaDonna Jones.

The family will receive friends at First Baptist Church immediately following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Glenn Wells Band Scholarship, C/O Kilgore College Foundation, 1100 Broadway, Kilgore, Texas 75662.

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