Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
David Glenn Lunceford, born May 6, 1934, in Canton, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2009, at the age of 75 in Tyler.
Mr. Lunceford graduated from Van High School in 1952, where he was an outstanding athlete, lettering in football, basketball and track. Floyd Wagstaff offered him a scholarship to Tyler Junior College. At TJC he was selected as a Junior College All American in football, was Captain of the football team and President of the Student body. He was highly recruited after graduating from TJC and chose Baylor University to continue his football career. At Baylor he was the starting tackle, playing offense and defense. The team played in the Gator Bowl 1954 and the Sugar Bowl in 1957. He graduated from Baylor in 1957 with a BBA degree. He was drafted for professional football by the Chicago Cardinals, and he was one of two rookies who made the team in 1957. He won a starting position at offensive guard. He played two years for the Cardinals before injuries ended his football career.
He went to work for Humble Oil and Refining Company in 1958. He enjoyed a career with Humble that took him to various jobs in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico and Louisiana. He retired from Exxon Corporation in 1992 as the General Manager for Inland Fleet Operations of Exxon Shipping Company. He served in many areas of business related organizations and was a Director Emeritus of the American Waterway Operators. He served on the Mississippi Waterway Safety Advisory Committee and received a Meritorious Public Service Award from the United States Coast Guard. After retirement from Exxon, he served as a management consultant for many years.
Mr. Lunceford was elected to the Board of Trustees of Tyler Junior College and was elected to the Board of Directors of Heritage Land Bank. He served 12 years as a Trustee at TJC and was Chairman of the Board and on severa1 other committees. He also was elected Chairman of the Board of the Heritage Land Bank. He was a member of the Jamestown Church of Christ and was an elder of the church. More recently he was a member of the Broadway Church of Christ.
The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, cards and visits during his long battle with Alzheimer’s. Our special thanks to his caring friends at Azalea Place Nursing Home: Adela, Fannie, Glenda, Hazel, Annette, Angela, Robin, Marie, Cindy, Gail, Dawn, Roger, DiDi, Chris, Sharlot, Rick, Todd, Melissa, Dr. Paul Lim; Sheila, Mindy, Tanya, Toni and Rosemary of Heart-to-Heart Hospice. We also appreciate the help of the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Tyler, Wonderful Wednesday Club, and UT- Southwestern Memory Research LOAD study.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tyler Junior College, P,O. Box 9020, Tyler, 75711, if desired.