Wendell Wright Broom
April 6, 1923 – February 18, 2017
Wendell Wright Broom Sr.,93, died February 18, 2017, in Plano, Texas. Born April 6, 1923 in Oklahoma City, he was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin Rufus and Gladys Wright Broom; a brother, Charles Morton Broom; a sister-in-law, Lavonne Billingsley Scott; and a son-in-law, David Adams. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Betty Madge Billingsley Broom; a brother-in-law, C.B. Billingsley II, of Ardmore, OK; a sister-in-law, Jo Carolyn Wallis Broom of Richardson, TX; and seven children:Wendell Wright Broom Jr., of Holderness, NH; Mary Beth Best, of Memphis, TN; David Billingsley Broom, of Sachse, TX; Margaret LaVonne Adams, of McKinney, TX; Kathryn Anne Mick, of OrangePark, FL; Jonathan Charles Broom, of Richardson, TX; and Linda Cotham Broom, of Mesa, AZ.
He is also survived by thirteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Including the countless scores of people whom he served as surrogate father, mentor, and confidant, his “family” numbers in the thousands.
Professionally, he preached full time for about 15 years for churches in Wilmington, DE, Philadelphia, and Honolulu and served for 5 years as a missionary to Nigeria, prior to his teaching career as professor of Bible and Missions at Abilene Christian University from 1970-93. He also answered the call from dozens of countries on five continents, from Kenya to Siberia to Guatemala, to consult, speak, and teach on topics including anthropology, cross-cultural issues, Christian theology, church growth, and missiology.