(1940 – 1983)
The entire Extension family was shocked and saddened when Glenn Worley, a member of the Extension family for seven years, died in a tragic accident at his home in Selma on July 13, 1983. He was 43.
Glenn was born on June 22, 1940, in Jackson, Mississippi, and attended high school in Church Point, Louisiana. He received his B.S. degree from Louisiana State University in 1962, his M.S. degree from the University of Arkansas in 1966, and embarked on a successful career in Entomology that took him to numerous places.
He worked as an assistant entomologist at Mississippi State University, a high school teacher in Starkville, Mississippi, an entomologist at Mississippi State, an ecological specialist in Topeka, Kansas, and an Extension entomologist at North Carolina State University before joining the Alabama Cooperative Extension in 1976 as Extension area entomologist.
Mr. Worley led educational cotton pest management programs in eighteen Central and West Alabama counties. Former Extension director J. Michael Sprott said, “Glenn’s work with Extension was outstanding. He loved his job and the people he worked with and the clientele he worked for. But perhaps more importantly, Glenn Worley was a principled man, a good husband, a good father, a treasured friend. He will be missed.”
Glenn’s people skills were unique. He never met a stranger. After knowing him for a very short time, everyone felt as though he was a long-time friend. His knowledge as a professional entomologist was uncanny. Glenn could communicate with the self-educated farmhand or the research scientist with equal ease and respect. Sometimes a bit behind schedule and frequently with his “shirttail out,” he was always willing to give a helping hand.
Survivors included his wife Jacqueline and children Lara Elizabeth and Glenn Bryant III. As a lasting tribute to this man and his life’s work, the name of Glenn B. Worley, Jr., is inscribed on the dedicatory plaque of the Extension Memorial Chapel.
Chapel Plaque Inscription Number: 29