Glynn S. Gregory

July 6, 1939February 14, 2013

In a land where thousands of boys only dream of athletic stardom, Glynn Gregory stood out among the best. Glynn was among Texas’ sporting legends, first at Abilene High in the 1950s, where he led the football team to 37 straight victories and three state titles, and later at Southern Methodist University, where he is in the school’s hall of fame. His records at Abilene set the standard for today’s athletes. Glynn also turned down offers from professional baseball teams who saw the switch-hitting all-state catcher on the Abilene High diamond. Glynn’s accomplishments on the field were rivaled by his intelligence, noble character and business acumen. Glynn died Thursday, Feb 14 at his home in Dallas after a long bout with cancer. He was 73. Glynn was born July 6, 1939 in Paris, Texas. He moved to Abilene while he was in junior high. Coaches immediately saw a budding talent. He was a member of the state championship football teams from 1954 through 1956. In his senior season he rushed for 1,142 yards and 22 touchdowns. At SMU he became a standout halfback, punter and defensive back, earning player of the year honors his junior year in 1959. After a successful four-year career at SMU, Glynn was selected by both the Dallas Texans and the Dallas Cowboys in the 1961 drafts. He elected to play defensive back for the Cowboys, who picked him in the 9th round. Glynn played for Tom Landry alongside Don Meredith, Bob Lily and Chuck Howley for a year and a half before a devastating knee injury sidelined his football career. After his playing career ended unceremoniously, Glynn began entry-level work at First National Bank and advanced to an executive. He then worked 31 years for Equitable Life Insurance and ended his career at Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital in Dallas. He is survived by his wife, Virginia, her daughter Rhonda and husband Randy Mince; three grandchildren Jennie Hoffman, Kelly Hill and Hayley Mince; and five great grandchildren Kason, Karson and Kaden Hill and Tristan and Connor Hoffman. Services are 2 p.m. Monday at Sparkman Hillcrest, 7405 W. Northwest Highway in Dallas. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Dallas, Texas.


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Bill Blackburn

November 2, 2013

Virginia- I just this day read of Glynn's death and am so saddened. (I have been living in California since 2009 and had lost touch with Glynn.) He was a hero to all of us school boys in West Texas in the mid '50's, and my regard for him only grew once I came to know him as an adult, and as a friend, in Dallas. He was a warm and caring man, and adored you.
Bill Blackburn

Billie Fennell

September 14, 2013

Dear Virginia and family, I just found out about Glynn's passing. I am so saddened to hear this. I had met him a few years back and really enjoyed meeting and visiting with him. I had hoped to know him better. We are both from the John King Gorham family, our grandparents were sister and brother. May memories bring you smiles and blessings from God give you comfort. He was a very special man and will be missed by many.

June 29, 2013


So sorry for your loss and Glynn's passing. May your family have the peace you need during this time. Many memories will bring you joy in the days to come as you reflect and remember those fun days we all shared at reunions and games.

Johnnie King (Rufus King's wife)

Ron Cartlidge

April 7, 2013

I am shocked by Glynn's death. I did not learn of his passing until this evening while I was doing some research on the internet. Glynn and I attended East Paris during our early years. In 1957 Glynn came to Austin where I was living at the time to participate in the state high school championship football game against Corpus Christi Ray. Abilene won and I met Glynn after the game and we took a photo together. Later at Austin High that year in study hall, Saralee Concklin saw the photo of Glynn and I and asked if she could do a pencil sketch of the picture. It was quite good and I still have it today. I had also seen Glynn when he was an all-stater in baseball when Abilene played Paris for the state championship. Paris won that game and I still have the program from that game today. I will miss Glynn as he was one of my good friends in elementary school and I did my best to keep up with his career. I too when into athletics, but as a coach spending most of my career in the Austin I.S.D. Glynn was a great guy and my prayers and thoughts are with his family.

Ronny Cartlidge, Austin, Texas

Steve Parker

March 1, 2013

Dear Virginia,
I am Dudley and Pat's son Steve. My heart sank when I learned of Glynn's passing. He was always a large part of SMU going back to when my Dad started coaching there in '59. I remember hearing both your names in many of Mom and Dad's conversations. I surely thought you two were some kind of royalty. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours,
Steve Parker and Family SMU '74, '78

Ronnie Painter

February 21, 2013

Virigin, I love my volunteer work at, one of the best men I would ever meet was Glynn. My wife Mary and I got to attend some working and some social events through TSRHC, it was always a joy to see Virginia and Glynn. Prayers go out to the entire family for your loss. Glynn once told me to be cautious of a man who did not like children or dogs. I thank the Lord for giving me the time to know him, I am a better man for it!

Barbara Chapo

February 20, 2013

I was a 1954-57 AHS student, and am thankful I was one of the many privileged students who are so proud of our high school years. Glynn had a huge part in making it the best era ever, in AHS history. His sportsmanship, athletic abilities, outstanding character, leadership, and pride of our school, made him a man we highly admired. I join you in mourning Glynn, who made the school great, for his Eagle classmates.

February 20, 2013

Not only a Great athlete but a Great individual. Remembering working for your dad but still getting some time in summer and Pony League baseball. Even though you were so good and I wasn't you treated me with much respect. Bringing out a few pictures with you, my cousin Clint Murphy and me will always be cherished.
Rusty Lehrer (Abilene)

Patricia Guy

February 19, 2013

Virginia, we were deeply saddened to hear of Glynn's passing. He was a very special man, and we treasured our friendship with both of you. You are in our thoughts & prayers. May all of your wonderful memories, and the love of family and friends see you through this time of grief and loss. God bless. Bill & Patrica Guy and Burnis Covington

Jim Graves

February 19, 2013

Condolences to you, Virginia. Glynn will be missed by all.
Jim and Dixie Graves