Charles “Charlie” Henry Gladden, Jr., 92, of Dermott, died on January 30, 2019, in Monroe, Louisiana.
He was born on October 6, 1926 in Sunflower, Mississippi and was the son of the late Charles Henry Gladden, Sr. and Claudia Thurman Gladden.
Charlie was a U.S. Navy veteran who served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He married Della Jane in 1952 after returning home. He worked for Reliable Life Insurance from 1964 until his retirement in 1987.
Charlie was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, especially turkey and squirrels, and fishing. He loved football and played at College of the Ozarks and was quarterback for his high school team. Charlie loved the Lord and was a charter member of Temple Baptist Church in Dermott where he led the singing for 54 years with his wife accompanying on the piano. He held several positions in the church including deacon, music minister, and in other capacities.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, D.C., Delton, and Thurman; and four sisters, Charlene, Kathryn, Thelma Joyce, and Willie Merle.
He is survived by his wife, Della Jane Gladden; his sons: Royce (Gloria) and Chuck (Kathy); grandsons: Nathan (Tara), John (Julie), and Drew; granddaughters, Jennifer (Devin) and Amanda (Brandon); and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Friday, February 1, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church in Dermott. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 2, at 2 p.m. at the church with Rev. Chuck Gladden, Rev. Bobby Franklin and Royce Gladden officiating. Burial will be at Dermott Cemetery.