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Founder of Glenn's Sporting Goods dies at 88

Nov. 25, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

The founder of Glenn's Sporting Goods has died.

Glenn Brumfield, a lifelong resident of Ceredo, died Nov. 23 at the age of 88. He founded the popular Huntington sporting goods store in 1970, along with a staff of three employees at the time.

After graduating from Ceredo-Kenova High School in 1943, Brumfield entered the U.S. Army. He served across the European Theater and was discharged in 1946. He then went on to graduate from Marshall College in 1949.

In 2006, Jim Brumfield, Glenn's son and president of Glenn's Sporting Goods, recalled the store's history during an interview with the Herald-Dispatch.

"Back then, our shoe selection was pretty much limited to the black and white Chuck Taylor shoe," Jim Brumfield said. "I think the signing of Title IX represents the first evolution in the industry, because high schools and colleges began offering women's sports programs, and it gave sports retailers an invaluable opportunity to serve another market segment. (Glenn) had a vision to say, 'The people in Huntington want the best."

The evolution of shoes has helped the sporting goods store expand to its current popularity among the athletic community in the Tri-State area.

"We have sponsored over 1,000 youth teams, sold over half-million pairs of shoes and over 200,000 team uniforms. We are one of the largest independently owned sporting goods stores east of the Mississippi," according to the store's official website.

In 2010, Glenn's celebrated 40 years in business. Mayor Kim Wolfe proclaimed Friday, June 18, as "Glenn's Sporting Goods Day."

Since the opening of Glenn's, the facility has undergone three expansions, growing to about 12,000 square feet of retail space. The store has also increased to an average of 38 employees. After Jim Brumfield took over as president and owner, Glenn Brumfield continued to be involved with the store as chairman of the board.

He is survived by his wife, Nell May Brumfield, and his three children. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Kenova. Burial will follow at Woodmere Cemetery, Huntington. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Rollins Funeral Home, Kenova.