Glyn David Hestand
HOWE - Glyn David Hestand, 90, of Howe passed away
on Friday Nov. 27, 2009 at Mullican Care Center in Savoy. Family visitation
will be at Waldo Funeral Home Sunday Nov. 29 from 2 - 4 p.m. Funeral services
will be held at the First Baptist Church of Howe Monday Nov. 30 at 2 p.m.
Glyn was born on Nov. 4, 1919 in Luella, the son of John B. and
Effie (Bennett) Hestand. Glyn attended school at Luella, and graduated
from Howe High School in 1937.
He married his sweetheart and lifelong companion, Mary Lillian Swaney,
of the Celtic Community on June 17, 1939. They had celebrated their 70th
anniversary this year.
Glyn grew up in the Luella Community and was a farmer during the
Great Depression and World War II. Later he moved to Howe, and became a
building contractor and built many of the homes in Grayson County and the
City of Howe. After retiring in 1976 he and his wife enjoyed traveling
all over the Southern U.S. Glyn enjoyed fishing, playing dominos and spending
time with his family. Also, he and his wife were members of the Grayson
County Sesquicentennial Committee and as an author he contributed to the
books, "The Hestands, then and now" and also wrote stories for "The Texas
Millennium Book, The Way Things Used To Be" sponsored by Austin College.
Glyn was a member and deacon of the Luella Baptist Church for many
years and his pride and joy was contracting their new church building several
years ago. Glyn and Mary served in the Christian Music Ministry by singing
on "The Old Country Preacher" radio show. He also served as a deacon, Sunday
school teacher, youth minister, and song leader at the Howe First Baptist
Church. He and his wife were also were members of the XYZ Club.
Mr. Hestand was also active in politics serving as a city council
member and Mayor of Howe for some time. Glyn also volunteered as a voting
registrar at the local polls on election day in Howe.
Glyn was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Lucille,
Velma and Eva Belle. He is survived by his wife, Mary; sons, David and
wife, Shelly of Ogden, Utah and Jerry and wife, Tammy of Dorchester. He
is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
The Herald Democrat, 11/29/2009