Earlier this year, we bade farewell to the late Glen Campbell, a celebrated and loved country singer who lost his life to the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease. As shocking and heartbreaking as his departure was, this recent news about his will left jaws to drop after it was revealed that three of Campbell’s children will not be benefitting from his estate.
The will, dated Sept. 1, 2006, and spanned a total of 13 pages, states that his sons Wesley and William, along with his daughter Kelli are all excluded from any direct benefit from the country singer’s estate. Nor are they entitled to receive anything under the will, even anything under a related trust. The records were filed in the Davidson Probate Court in Nashville. There will be a hearing on the said filing scheduled next year, on January 18, 2018, before Davidson Probate Judge David ‘Randy’ Kennedy.
It is to be expected that the hearing will be a long battle among factions in the Campbell family over an estate with an estimated value of over $50 million.
Glen Campbell has eight children, having been married four times. Kelli, Wesley, and William were all the fruits of his second marriage with ex-wife Billie Jean Nunley. Campbell and Nunley got divorced in 1976. His first marriage was with Diane Kirk, and their marriage lasted from 1955 to 1976. They had one child, Debby, and she is the country singer’s eldest daughter. Then, after his divorce with Nunley, Glen Campbell went on to pursue a new chapter in his private life by marrying Sarah Barg, Mac Davis’ ex-wife, in September of 1976. Their union brought their only child, Dillon. But just like his previous marriages, it ended in divorce.
His fourth and final marriage in 1992 with Kim Woollen was the only one that truly lasted. Kim and Glenn had three children, namely, Cal, Shannon, and Ashley.
Back when Glen Campbell was still battling Alzheimer’s, his wife Kim faced two of his oldest children, Debby and Travis in court. The latter claimed that Kim denied them rights to visit their father during the onset of his disease. They ended up winning a legal victory, which led to the signing of a bill into a law called the Campbell/ Falk Act. Signed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam in May 2016, the said law permits personal visitation and maintained communication of both family members and close friends of individuals diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer’s and other disabilities regardless of the wishes stated by a legally appointed custodian or guardian.