Glenn Douglas Amerson, 81, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 14. He was born at home on Nov. 24, 1938 in Haskell County. His early years were spent on a cotton farm where he lived with his parents James Howell and Louise Amerson and his older brother Jimmy. They instilled in him his Christian values and the benefits of hard work and commitment. The family moved to Munday to make transportation to school easier.
He had, what he considered, a perfect childhood, growing up in a small town and enjoying its advantages. He could hear the school bell from his house and make it to class before the tardy bell rang. He was able to get his driver’s license at age 14 but, even before that, the sheriff would allow them to drive to town on the condition that they would leave the car at the edge of town and walk the rest of the way.
Glenn excelled in sports and was an all-state in both football and basketball. His senior year he was named to The Fort Worth Star Telegram’s Super All-State Team, which included all classes. In 2006 he was named to Munday’s Athlete of the Century team.
Weekends and spare time were spent hoeing cotton and later driving a tractor on his family’s cotton farm. During his high school years, he was in charge of two gas stations, running back and forth across the street to pump gas, wipe windshields and talk to the local farmers about Friday night’s game.
Glenn went to Texas Tech University on a football scholarship where he lettered three years, was vice-president of the Double T Association and a member of Phi Gamma Delta.
In 1961 he broke into the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted rookie. He had a successful year as a defensive halfback and was named their Rookie of the Year. At the beginning of his second year he suffered a head injury that put him in a week-long coma and resulted in partial paralysis. Glenn spent the next year in rehabilitation, but was never given a chance to play again because of his health history.
He went back to Tech as a graduate student and coach but soon discovered that his love of football was as a player and not a coach.
In 1967 he moved to Houston where he met his wife of 53 years, Jenifer Brunson. Their daughter Holly was born in 1972 and son Brett in 1973.
During the 70’s and 80’s, Glenn was employed in the construction business first at Parker Bros. and then as Vice President at R. B. Everett, Inc. In the early 90’s he started his own hydro-mulch business which combined his love of agriculture with his experience in construction.
He enjoyed golf during his early adulthood and later played tennis with his wife and friends but was happiest spending time at the family farm near Brenham where they spent many happy weekends. In 2001 he sold his company, retired, and moved to Brenham where he realized a lifelong dream of raising cattle.
Faith, family, friends and farm came first with Glenn. He had an unquestioning, yet unwavering faith in God. He was a member of First United Methodist Church Brenham where he served on the Board of Trustees and was a member of Faithbuilders Sunday School class. He was a doting father and took an active part in his children’s activities. He never missed a sporting event, recital, performance and often volunteered to coach. His friends will miss his cheerful disposition and his quick wit.
He loved physical work and was happiest driving a tractor, mending a fence, or working with his cows. He especially enjoyed gathering with his children and grandchildren at his country home. He loved being around Travis, his only grandchild for many years. When the girls started coming, his Alzheimer’s had started to cloud his mind. Though he struggled to remember names, his mood always lightened when they were around. Glenn suffered many physical setbacks in his adult life but with grit, determination, his faith, and a positive attitude, he was able to overcome them.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Howell and Louise, and by his older brother Jimmy. He is survived by his wife Jenifer, his daughter Holly Miday and her husband Jason of Fulshear, TX, their children Travis Bushong, Hannah Miday and Alyssa Miday, his son Brett Amerson of San Diego, CA and his children Madelyn and Katherine Amerson, brother-in-law Evan Brunson of Boone, NC, nieces Tammy Amerson-Wilson of Fredericksburg, Liesette Cloutier of Montreal, Canada, Angela Harris and Annette Tucker of Raleigh, NC.
Due to the pandemic, a private memorial service was celebrated Oct. 21. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833.
The family wishes to extend its gratitude to the nurses and staff at Kruse Village Long Term Care and Amedisys Hospice for their care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts can be made to First United Methodist Church Brenham or the Alzheimer’s Foundation.