Glenda Ruth Rhyne

October 5, 1935July 7, 2018

Glenda Pevey Rhyne passed July 7, 2018. Glenda will be remembered at a Celebration Service on Saturday, July 14, 2018, at 11 am at Riverbend Church’s Smith Family Chapel, Austin.

Glenda was born in Brookhaven, Mississippi, on October 5, 1935. Her mother, Mabel Fender Pevey, taught her to believe in education, which Glenda held as a foundation of her life. She earned a degree in Speech and English from Mississippi University for Women and a Master’s degree in English Literature from the College of William and Mary, and taught high school in Texas, Virginia and Georgia. She served on the faculties of Texas A&M, Georgia State University and Mississippi University for Women, and was named to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities and the inaugural Leadership Texas group. She married Tom Rhyne June 4, 1961, and spent more than 57 years enjoying and loving “the best choice of her life.” They spent their early married years in Mississippi, Virginia and Georgia, before settling in College Station, where they joined First Baptist Church and formed a community of dear and lifelong friends. They had their two children there before moving to Austin in 1984.

Glenda was a devoted community volunteer. She served on the boards of People’s Community Clinic, South Austin Hospital, Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center, League of Women Voters and Brazos Valley Mental Health Association. In College Station, she also created and hosted a local television show about people in the community, “A Face in the Crowd.” She authored a free booklet to educate parents about the college admission process, having spent a year as a college admissions counselor and working with the Guidance Committee at Westlake High School. She was always a dedicated church member, leading the youth department, teaching Sunday school, or singing in the choir. In her youth, she was known for a comedic after-dinner speech, which won various college forensic speech contests.

Her family remembers her smile and wit, her devotion to each of us, her advice, her complete generosity, her impeccable hospitality, her sense of style and décor, her intelligence and her warmth. She always enjoyed the movie masterpieces, historical fiction, writing, giving charades parties and “trying to be of use.” She was full of life and information and faith and always had a minute for anyone who needed her. She made any community she joined better. She filled her family and friends with the best cookies, pies, cakes and treats, which we all know make life a little sweeter.

She is survived by her cherished husband Tom, daughter Amber Rhyne Compton and husband Clint, son Vernon Thomas Rhyne IV, and grandsons Truett and Tate Compton, who were the delight of her old age and grateful recipients of many of her treats.

She wanted her epitaph to be, “Everyone was always so good to me!”

Heartfelt thanks to Home Instead, Resolutions Hospice, everyone on Horse Mountain Cove, the Cowden Sunday School class at Riverbend, and the friends far and wide who made her life so good. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests you consider a donation to Children at Heart Ministries of Round Rock, Texas, at

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Rhyne family.


  • Celebration Services Saturday, July 14, 2018

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Bettye Rabb VanderVeen

January 23, 2019

Glenda and I were at MSCW at the same time (that was when it was still a college). We graduated in 1957. The last time I saw Glenda was in Starkville, MS. My husband, Art, was a student at Mississippi State and we lived in a little subdivision close to the college (early 60's). Glenda had come to see another friend in the subdivision, Mary Jo . I get the VISIONS from the "W". and saw Glenda's name. I remember her as very special person and very active at the "W". She had many friends!
Bettye Rabb VanderVeen

Robert L. Stroud MD

July 15, 2018

I remember Mrs. Rhyne from her service on the board of directors of South Austin Medical Center. At the time I served as Chief of Staff and as such was required to report various staff issues to the board. I always admired her because she always it seemed anyways to have just the right questions that cut to the heart of the matter. But always and I mean always had what was best for the patient or their family close to her heart. In a room full of incredibly smart people I felt she was by far the smartest but more importantly the wisest. She will be greatly missed. However those already in Heaven are greatly blessed. I can only imagine how happy she is in the presence of her Redeemer that she cherished so much.

Patti Ljungdahl

July 12, 2018

Tom and family,
I was so very sad to hear about sweet Glenda. She was such a joy and light when I knew her years ago. And, we always caught up at Christmastime with our cards!
What happy memories I have of you two when you lived here in College Station. Do Malted Milkballs spark your memory? There were many other happy times to go along with that one!
I remember Glenda as a tender, humble, thankful soul. I know you will miss her. Please know all of you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Blessings, peace, and love,

John Painter

July 11, 2018

Tom and Family - I well remember the days when the Rhynes were part of the Texas A&M Electrical Engineering Faculty. Tom and I and Phil Noe had many happy and lucrative experiences together, teaching 40 short courses on what was then the early Global Positioning System (GPS). Now, it's part of many new cars. Phil has preceded Glenda into heaven. But, I think they are probably talking about us and all her previous faculty friends. May God bless those friends who are still here.

The attached picture is of Tom, Phil, and I in front of the Matsushita Corporation building in Tokyo, where we taught them about GPS. I'm the guy on the right.

John and Linda Matysek

July 11, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom and his family. Glenda was a very special person that loved her family and supported Westlake High School in so many ways. She was always willing to do everything to support the students, parents and school administration. It is difficult to lose a loved one, however, we know that she is in a better place and we will see her again. Until that time, the memories will sustain her family and friends. Linda and I have a deep respect for the Rhyne family and Glenda's legacy will be remembered . May God bless you and comfort you.

John, Linda and Dayna Matysek

Carol Nowak Frank

July 11, 2018

I was one of the lucky students at A&M Consolidated HS to have Mrs. Rhyne as my English teacher. The pic in the paper is exactly how I remember her. Slim, tall, perfectly dressed and our favorite class and teacher. No matter what we did each day the class was always too short. We felt so lucky.

Carla Ruiz

July 10, 2018

Thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort at this sad time. Glenda was such a beautiful soul, I always looked forward to her hair appointments with me, what a great conversationalist! Eternal rest be granted unto her oh Lord and may perpetual light shine upon her🙏🏻