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Cary, Tracy Glen


Glen Cary, age 87, died December 24, 2016. He was born in Pampa, Texas, the oldest of seven children and raised in Pampa and Brownfield, Texas, prior to playing football one season for Kilgore Junior College on a football scholarship. After Kilgore he served as a Master Sergeant, First Sergeant and Sergeant Major in the US Army in Korea where he was decorated for valor and meritorious service. When Glen got out of a POW camp he went to the Osaka General Hospital in Osaka, Japan where he was treated for the aftermath of being frozen in 60 degree below zero temperatures at the Chosen Reservoir and many other ailments.

After he was discharged from the Army he enrolled at Texas Tech University where he graduated in 1956 with a BBA in Finance. At Tech he was President of the Student Association, Junior Class, Saddle Tramps and Phi Delta Theta. He was a member of Delta Sigma Pi, the Debate Team and Vice Commander of the Tech Vets. He was recognized in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and Tech Salutes.

A loyal Texas Techsan, as an Alumnus he served as National President of the Texas Tech Alumni Association, Old Red Club, Texas Tech Specialties, and a member of the Chairman’s Council and Finance Advisory Council. He was a recipient of the Texas Tech Distinguished Alumnus Service Award in 1985.

His love & passion for Phi Delta Theta Fraternity resulted in over 50 years of continuous & devoted service. He served Phi Delta Theta as International President, Province President and Survey Commission member and Chairman. He received Phi Delta Theta Fraternity’s Legion of Honor award in 1990. The Phi Delta Theta Outstanding Colony Award is named the T. Glen Cary Award.

He was a member of the Elks Club and recognized as one of the Outstanding Young Men of America by the Jaycees.

His business career was in Arkansas for 20 years and Texas. He served as Vice Chairman of Preferred Risk Life Assurance Company in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Vice President of Union Life Insurance Company and Vice Chairman of the First Pyramid Life Insurance Company, Chairman of First Pyramid Mortgage Company and President and Chairman of the Nile Corporation in Little Rock. He served as a Trustee of the Arkansas Independent College Fund and Director of the Arkansas Association of Independent Colleges. Cary has served as the President and CEO of Foster Financial Group, partner in the Foster Cary Corporation, Foster Cary Agency, Foster Cary Financial Planners, Planned Benefits and Foster Commercial. He was Vice President of J.C. Penney Life Insurance Company, Great American Reserve Insurance Company and Southwestern Life Insurance Company.

He is preceded in death by his parents Tracy Cary and Leta Gillham Cary, brother Dale Cary, and sister Ivale Cary. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Shirley Hamlett Cary, son Lance Cary and his wife Gail Cary, daughter Shelley Cary, granddaughter, Katy Cary Richards, her husband Paul Richards and his great grandson & namesake, Cooper Glen Richards, grandson Wynn Cary, brothers Ken Cary and his wife Allene Cary, and Don Cary, sisters Lynn Cary Bratton and Carolyn Cary Montgomery and her husband Phill Montgomery, sister-in-law Beverly Hamlett Perry and her husband Don Perry, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Texas Tech Alumni Association, Box 45001, Tech Station, Lubbock, TX 79409 or Phi Delta Theta Foundation, 2 South Campus Avenue, Oxford, Ohio 45056 or the charity of your choice.

A private family burial will be at the Dallas Ft. Worth National Cemetery with military honors and a public Memorial Service will be held at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas on Thursday, January 5th at 2:00 pm in Ellis Chapel with reception following.

19 replies on “Cary, Tracy Glen”

Perry and Sue Williams says:

For Shirley and for Glen’s family, we are so sorry for your loss.

Annette and Terry Watson says:

We were so sad to hear the news that Glen has passed away. Really appreciate the phone call from Janelle and we have tried to pass on the news to your friends here in Little Rock. Reading Glen’s obit was so inspiring. He had a wonderful legacy. So proud of him and to be his friend. We love you each and all.
Annette and Terry Watson

Jasper (Sonny) Baldwin says:

Glen never stopped giving to his family, Texas Tech, and Phi Delta Theta. He has always been a true Brother in the Bond.

Debbie McKinnon says:

Shelley, I am so very sorry for your loss. Your father was such an accomplished and wonderful man! May God bless you and your family in this time of great sorrow. Just think–he soars with the angels now.

Wilson Scaling says:

I met Glen in the Spring of 1957 while Pledging Phi Delta Theta at Texas Tech—–The last time I visited with him was at a Luncheon at Midway Point in Dallas—We sat together and re-lived our lives through many meetings in that time period—-He truly was a Natural Leader, and will be missed by all–

Lisa Haynie Glidewell says:

Shelley and family,
sending prayers of love and support to you and your family. Wonderful tribute to your amazing dad.

Shawn Foster says:

My condolences to the entire family. So sorry for your loss and ours. For those who don’t know- Glen was my father’s business partner for over 20 years. He led by example, taught us many things and was a joy to work with. He was proud of his family,his fraternity, and successful business career yet remained humble. Thank you for a wonderful tribute to your amazing Dad.

Joe Foster says:

To Shirley, Lance, Shelley and the rest of your family and friends: so sorry to hear of your loss. Glen was such a great husband, father, friend, and example for all of us. I know words will not do justice to how much he will be missed by all of us. He has such a giant heart and was such a sweet man, despite also being such a war hero and a man’s man. Thank the Lord for eternity in heaven and the fact that you (and we) will be reunited with him again someday.

Helen Wilder says:

Shirley, My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Kate Wassman says:

Dear Shirley, we only met for a short time but shared a bond under difficult circumstances. I am so sorry for your loss but know Glen is at peace. May you have strength and peace.

Myles Mendenhall says:

Shirley,Lance and Shelley,
I have fond memories of Glen and his many stories. I always considered him to be one of the kindest most generous men I have known. Please accept my condolences for your loss.

Jack Luce says:

Dear Shirley, my wife Nell and I wish to offer our condolences to you and your family. Nell and I first met you and T Carey at the convention in Ca where we spent the evenings enjoying your company. At each subsrnquent convention we looked forward to seeing you and T Carey and we’re very disappointed that you guys were not in Savvanah. Our prayers are with you.

Stephanie Glazer says:

What fond memories I have of your dad and husband. We are thinking of you all during this painful time. Sending you prayers and love.
Stephanie and Helene

Chris Job says:

As President of the Houston Phi Delta Theta Alumni Club I express my personal and my brother’s deep condolences to Glen’s family. A legend in the fraternity and a wonderful man may God bless you all at this difficult time

Jan Lovell says:

Glen Cary was one of the most interesting, likeable, and honorable men I have ever met. He has done more remarkable things wiith his life than any I have ever known. He never met any person that wasn’t immediately a friend. We will all miss him very much!

Dana and Bob Craig says:

Shirley and Family,
We are so sorry about Glen passing away. He was such a wonderful man and made the most out of life. DeLores was so very fond of him and spoke often of him. Please accept our sympathy in such a loss. Our thoughts and prayers remain with you.
Dana and Bob

Joyce Siebert Halley says:

Dearest Shirley and family, our love and sympathy to all of you from James and me and the Siebert family. We’ve been Treasure Hill friends for over 50 years and you all are family.
Glen was a wonderful man and we cherish the memories of our times together. Love to you, Shirley, Shelley, Lance and your family. C

glenda martin says:

Grant and I send our love and sympathy to you, Shirley, Lance and Shelley. We treasure our friendship with the Cary family. We always remember Glen with a smile on his face and stories to share. Prayers for each of you.

Donna Newsom & Richard Ridgway says:

Shirley and family, We send our sympathies and prayers to you. Glen
was a kind man who loved his family
and was a loyal Red Raider.
God Bless you, Donna and Richard Ridgway

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