He was born on March 12, 1942 in Hamburg to Jewell Jordan Hargis and the late Delton Gladden. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Gay Youngblood Gladden; a son, Parish Gladden; and a sister, Susan Herring.
He was a retired pipefitter with 706 Pipefitter Union where he was employed for many years before working for Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home for ten years. He was a member of Florence Baptist Church.
Survivors include one son, Kim Gladden of Monticello; one daughter, Lisa Gladden of Monticello; his mother, Jewel Jordan Hargis of Monticello; two brothers, Billy Gladden and Dennis Gladden both of Monticello; one granddaughter, Hope Hutchinson; and two great grandchildren, Avery and Nazmae.
A funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 14, at 2 p.m. at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home. Visitation is at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Union Ridge Cemetery.