OBITUARY

William Glenn Poland

July 22, 1940April 4, 2021

William Glenn Poland was born in Lufkin on July 22, 1940 to Maxi Lee Poland and Jacie Poland. They called him “Billy”, and he would later be known as “Bill” to the many friends he would have throughout his long life. He grew up around baseball, and spent his earliest years at the baseball park gathering foul balls for extra spending money. His mother would say that the neighborhood children wore out the doorbell asking Billy to play sandlot games every evening. His family moved between Lufkin, Silsbee and Beaumont, but no matter where he ended up, he played baseball. A former classmate told him that the Lufkin high school baseball team would have made it to the finals if not for Billy moving to Silsbee that same year. His parents took care of him the best they could, he worked alongside his father at the Lufkin Paper Mill, and with his mother at the Sears Roebuck warehouse, and he in turn took care of them the best he could. At the young age of 18, Billy lost his father to lung cancer. He spent every day and night by his father’s side until the end. At the age of 19, Billy joined the Army, and the peace time allowed him to continue doing what he loved while serving his country. He travelled across America playing for the Army baseball team. This opportunity afforded him some of his favorite memories--travelling by train through the Appalachians and touring the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. After the Army, he enrolled at Sam Houston State University on the GI Bill, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, and later a Masters in Administration from Lamar University. While at Lamar, he began coaching baseball, and was able to spend more time with his mother in neighboring Lufkin. In 1979, Bill eventually settled in the Lake Jackson/Clute area at Brazoswood High School, where he began not only his accomplished coaching career. He also met home economics teacher Katherine Albert; they were soon married, and not long after, welcomed a daughter, Amy Poland, and a son, Jason Poland. He enjoyed recreation with his family and friends at the neighborhood Racquetball Club, weekends at the family beach house in Galveston, and Thanksgivings in Lufkin with his relatives. Among his many, many coaching achievements and career wins, Bill led the Brazoswood Buccaneers baseball team to the State Championship twice, and holds a place in the Texas High School Baseball Hall of Fame. Bill spent his retirement at his Galveston beach house, the aptly named “Bill’s Get-a-Way,” where he enjoyed lazy drives on his golf cart, visits from his kids and friend Miss Carold, Blue Bell Ice Cream and Diet Cokes, and any Western movie starring John Wayne. Bill will be remembered as a loving father and son, having taken care of his mother, Maxie Poland, until her death in 2012. He will be missed by anyone he coached, cared for, or kidded. He passed away on April 4, Easter Sunday, 2021. He is survived by his daughter, Amy Poland; his son, Jason Poland; the mother of his children, Katherine Albert; his cousins, Mary Hathorn, Peggy Sue Gullatt, Jack McClain, Mack McClain, as well as numerous relatives and friends. Mr. Poland is preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; cousin, Miriam Nichol; aunts, Ida Lee McClain and Juanita Kanaster. Mr. Poland’s family wishes to thank the staff of Elmcroft Assisted Living Lake Jackson, the nurses of Texas Home Health Lake Jackson, the nursing staff of Oak Village especially Jennifer and Amy, CHI St. Luke’s Hospital - Lake Jackson and Dr. Harvey Resnick. They also wish to give special thanks to friends Ardie Dixon, Jim Arthur, Danny Massey, Bobby Williams, Brady Mayo, Bob Cook, and Carold Wortham, and everyone who cared for, called, and visited him during the final chapter of his life. Services for Mr. Poland will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday April 10, 2021 in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel in Lufkin, Texas. Interment will follow at the Manning Cemetery in Angelina County. Condolences may be offered at www.gipsonfuneralhome.com Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home.

  • FAMILY

  • Amy Poland, Daughter
  • Jason Poland, Son
  • Katherine Albert, Mother of his Children
  • Mary Hathorn, Cousin
  • Peggy Sue Gullatt, Cousin
  • Jack McClain, Cousin
  • Mack McClain, Cousin
  • Bill was also survived by numerous relatives and friends.


    He was preceded in death by his parents, Maxie Lee Poland and Jacie Poland; his grandparents; cousin, Miriam Nichol; and aunts, Ida Lee McClain and Juanita Kanaster.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

Memories

William Glenn Poland

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Randy & Mary Morgan

April 18, 2021

We have fond memories of Bill. He and Randy played softball together and competed against one another in racquetball. Beyond that, I enjoyed working with Bill at Brazoswood for a number of years. He was a no-nonsense coach when it came to baseball, but his efforts surely paid off. We seldom saw him without a smile on his face. He's a friend we will certainly miss. No doubt he's found a baseball game in heaven
Randy and Mary Morgan, Lake Jackson

Kristy Hartner

April 18, 2021

Amy,
My heart just broke when I heard of your dads passing. I remember him from the softball fields watching us all those years. He was a truly special man. My love and prayers go out to you and your family.
Kristy

Fred Oliver

April 11, 2021

Condolences to the Poland family. I knew Coach Poland through the baseball fraternity. I was a former head coach of the Pack and loved visiting with Bill about his home town. We will miss him and his contributions to our game.
God Bless and RIP Billy!

Dorothy and Duane Rayburn

April 9, 2021

We offer our sincere sympathy to you. May God hold you close and bring you strength and peace.
Love,
The Rayburns

Jackie Hodges-Jones

April 9, 2021

We always enjoyed spending time with Bill at the annual Super Bowl party, hosted by Carold and Lance Wortham. Being a great Coach, he always gave his views on how a play should have been executed. Bill coached my son in high school, Wally Hodges. He is at peace, and can run free of pain in Heaven. My God bless his family during this time of grief. Job well done here on Earth.

Jackie Hodges-Jones and Collin Jones

D B

April 9, 2021

I remember Coach Poland very well as one my PE coaches back in high school 20+ years ago. He is definitely one of the more memorable Phys Ed coaches that I had. He could be warm and encouraging, but also gruff and challenging, didn't handle anyone with kid gloves, which is exactly what we needed back then. Dude loved to compete, we always liked that about him. He'd get in there and mix it up with us. Condolences to him family. Good guy, solid guy, definitely will be remembered fondly and missed by many, I'm certain.

Darrell Morris

April 8, 2021

My condolences to the Poland family. I had the privilege of playing high school baseball for Coach. He was a great coach, who not only taught you about baseball but lessons in life. He was tough but fair, and definitely brought out the best in his players, myself included. Godspeed Coach you will certainly be missed but never forgotten.

Darrell Morris

Luis Venitucci

April 8, 2021

So sorry to hear of this legend's passing. Truly enjoyed coaching against him, and there was always something that you would learn from the experience. A Great coach and man. A straight shooter, which is quite rare at any time. RIP my friend. We are all poorer for your absence.

Cheri and Allen Roe

April 8, 2021

Bill’s family has our heartfelt sympathy. Allen enjoyed playing softball with Bill, discussing ball and life, remembering fun times, and watching our daughters play. Bill will be missed.

Nelda McClain Havard

April 7, 2021

God bless each of you! Billy & I remained friends throughout our lives. He was a great cousin who loved his family and loved being a dedicated coach. His smile & laughter will be missed!

Nelda McClain Havard

FROM THE FAMILY