Wendell A. Glisson, age 79, passed peacefully at his home in Spring Creek/ Jackson, TN on August 24, 2019. He
was born to the parents of John and Hazel Giddens Glisson in Tampa, FL. He was retired
from Glisson and Son Painting, and not only loved to paint, but enjoyed carpentry,
woodworking, fishing, creating music with spoon tapping and washboards, singing and
playing with John Few at the Old Country Store, and was the author of “You Have a Minute”.
His favorite story in the book is titled, “The Door in the Yard”.
His legacy lives on in his two sons, Gary Glisson of Lexington, TN; Gordon Glisson of
Jackson, TN; two daughters, Rhonda (Barry) Rymer of Orlando, FL; Gwendolyn Glisson of
Maryville, TN; four step-sons, Mike Tompkins, Wesley (Holly) Tompkins, Tim (Serena)
Tompkins, and Christopher Tompkins; one brother, James (Charlee) Glisson of Orlando, FL;
two sisters, Johnnie-Lou (Bob) Getz of Cedar Grove, TN; and Beth Glisson of Jackson, TN;
thirteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Lois Marie Glisson in 2010.
Some of his family’s favorite pass-times with him included fishing with his children and
grandchildren, singing with his sisters, doing silly skits and songs with his brother, and
sitting around the table listening to him share stories of the good ole days.
The family’s favorite qualities of Wendell included his love for singing and dancing, his
ability to fix anything, his ability to teach, his love for Starbucks, and his charming sense of
humor that made him never meet a stranger.
A note from his grandchildren:
“You always had ‘a minute’ for grandpa. And if you gave him that minute, he’d
start telling you stories of the ‘good ole days’ or explain why he’s actually a year younger
because he was born in December… Our hearts are overjoyed to know that he got to
accomplish his dream of publishing his stories in these last few years. He was the greatest
encourager in pushing all of us to achieve our dreams. He had a way of seeing our potential
and calling us up into it.
While we are sad and will miss him dearly, we are happy for him. His heart
and lungs can no longer limit his singing, dancing, and long-winded stories. We are so
thankful for the time we had with him. We are learning that grief is a strange thing when it
is matched with pure joy.”
His children added:
“He was the best dad ever. He taught us so many things in life: how to do a
cartwheel, work hard, be respectful, never give up, treat each other with kindness, laugh
often, be disciplined, and love deeply. He was the most passionate man about everything
and everyone. He loved without condition.”
SERVICES: A Celebration of Life Gathering will be Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 10 A.M.
at 334 Hughes Rd East, Jackson, TN 38305.
Arrington Funeral Directors, 148 W. University Parkway, 731-668-1111