Wesley Drane Glassell
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Wesley Drane Glassell passed away on July 31, 2014. He was born in Shreveport, LA, to Wesley and Ashton Glassell on March 22, 1925. He graduated from Byrd High School, and then attended Texas A & M University. Before completing his degree he enlisted in the United States Army to fight in World War II. After completing his service as a Corporal he returned to Shreveport where he met the love of his life Laurie Schober. They married shortly after and remained together until her death in 1998.
After the birth of their first two sons, they moved to Baton Rouge so he could attend LSU. Wesley obtained a civil/structural engineering degree and then started his career working as a surveyor, first in Mandeville, LA and then in Shreveport.
Wesley became a licensed general contractor in 1953 and opened a subsidiary of The General Construction Company in Camden, Arkansas. In 1968 after his father's retirement, he opened his own business, W D Glassell Company, which he ran until his retirement in 1995.
One of his most prized accomplishments was becoming a certified Presbyterian lay minister. He took tremendous pride and found great joy when he preached in many small churches across Northwest LA.
He is a past King of the Cotillion. He served as Chairman of the Shreveport-Bossier Host Group for Washington Mardi Gras for over 17 years and was a District Governor for Sertoma. He was a Governor's appointee to the State of Louisiana Committee of 100, a member of the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum Board of Directors under Gov. Edwin Edwards and Charles "Buddy" Roemer, and a lifelong member and Elder Emeritus of First Presbyterian Church of Shreveport.
He is preceded in death by his first wife, Laurie Schober Glassell, his second wife Martha Hargrove Glassell, his two sons, Wesley Drane Glassell Jr. & Michael Gordon Glassell, and his two sisters, Frances Glassell Lambert and Ashton Glassell Gonella.
He is survived by his son, John Ashton Glassell (Elisabeth), Memphis, TN; his 6 grandchildren, Ashley Glassell Rockett (Rocky), Shreveport, LA; Marilyn Michael Glassell, Lubbock, TX; Wesley Piper Glassell Priedie (Ken), Jacksonville, FL; John Ashton Glassell Jr., Andrew Stuart Bowling Glassell & George Carroll Todd Glassell, all of Memphis, TN, his beloved great-granddaughter, Ashton Marianne Farr, whom he lovingly called "Brown Eyes", and 3 bonus great-grandchildren, Caroline Elizabeth Rockett, David Wayne Rockett & Andrew James Rockett who called him their "entertainment; nieces, Francais Lambert Clymer (Charles), Dallas, TX; Wesley Lambert Richardson (Donald), Shreveport, LA; nephews, Geoffrey Johnson Gonella (Lulu) & Jon Wesley Gonella (Donna), Kensington, MD; and Ashton Glassell Thornhill (Susan), Lubbock, TX; and his trusted friend and caregiver, Robert Jack, Shreveport, LA.
Honoring Wesley as pallbearers will be William M. Comegys III, Geoffrey J. Gonella, Dr. Ragan M. Green, Donald F. Richardson, David M. Oliver, David "Rocky" Rockett, Jr., and Jeff D. Farr.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be the Hon. Tom Stagg, Dr. George Belchic, Sam Loeb, Sam Loeb, Jr., John Meyers, Lt. Gen Edward Harris, Joe Hargrove, Jr., Clyde Hargrove, Kem Hargrove and the Past Kings of the Cotillion.
Following a private interment, services will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, August 5th at First Presbyterian Church of Shreveport, 900 Jordan Street, Shreveport LA, 71101. A reception will be held at The Shreveport Club, 410 Travis Street, Shreveport, LA 71101, after the service. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to The Glen Retirement System, in Shreveport.
Osborn Funeral Home - Shreveport
3631 Southern Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71104
Published in Shreveport Times from Aug. 3 to Aug. 5, 2014