Brooks Gremmels, who revitalized the town of Ben Wheeler, died Sunday

Published on Monday, 27 January 2014 14:24 - Written by Staff reports

The man who single-handedly revitalized an East Texas town died Sunday.

Brooks Gremmels, 70, was responsible for putting Ben Wheeler in Van Zandt County back on the map by refurbishing rundown buildings and bring in artists, entertainers and festivals.

Gremmels died at a Tyler Hospice care center, Hilliard Funeral Home confirmed.

Friends of Gremmels said he was battling pancreatic cancer.