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Harry T. Gladding, Jr.

Harry T. Gladding, Jr.

Sunday, January 19th, 2020
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By the time you read this I hopefully will be flying my plane, riding my motorcycle, diving in the beautiful waters in Heaven or playing fetch with Gretchen and Heidi. I have lived a wonderful life. Of course, it has not always been a bed of roses, but I must say it has been great for most of my life. For 47 years I had been married to my wife, co-pilot, scuba diving partner, nurse and best friend – Dorothy. We have traveled the world and made so many friendships and memories. My children – can’t say enough about them. I have 3 great children – Roy and Tilden Gladding and Allison Cook. All are married to wonderful spouses – Brenda, Sandy and Drew. I leave behind to continue my legacy 5 wonderful grandchildren. The oldest and only grand-daughter Mallory who is married to Rich Bell, 4 grandsons – Walker, Brent and Lee Gladding and Jonathan Cook. I cannot forget my many nieces and nephews, my special “adopted Irish daughter” – Bernie Michaelides who Dorothy and I met on a cruise and my other “special son” who had always been there to help me – Earl Garnett. Friends – too many to name! One special one from my fire department days – Tallie Davis. A true friend in so many ways. Enjoyed my visits during the past weeks from Tom, Joe, Butch and Jimmy – and too many others to name. Oh - the stories that we shared!

I worked most of my life in the insurance business and helped grow the agency from having 3 employees to the present one now having 22 employees. I attended the Hartford Insurance School in Hartford, Conn. I credit my successful life to my parents, Harry T. and Elsie Gladding, and to Hargrave Military Academy where I graduated in 1954. Hargrave prepared me for my service in the U.S. Army Reserves where I mustered out as Sgt. 1st Class and working with my father in the wholesale produce business certainly prepared me for hard work and how to treat your customer! Friendships and so many memories have been made throughout my life. I was a member of the local fire department where I served as the fire chief for 17 years, past president of the State Fire Chief’s Association in 1979-80, member of Tappahannock Chamber of Commerce and Tappahannock Rotary Club and Professional Insurance Agents of Virginia. Also, I was appointed to serve on the State Fire Commission to represent the insurance industry by Gov. Dalton and reappointed by Gov. Robb and served 2 years as the chairman. The commission is now called the Fire Board.

I have been a member of Upper Essex Baptist Church since the age of 13. Rev. Roy Foster will do his best to usher me to Heaven to see again my parents, brothers and sisters. I don’t want you to weep for me – smile and remember the good times! Remember - “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which it is why we call it the present”. Cherish the present and make it special to all around you. One last thing that I want each of you to do for me – “Take care of my Dorothy!”

Visitation will take place at the Faulkner Funeral Home, Marks-Bristow Chapel in Tappahannock on Friday, January 31, 2020 from 1 - 3pm and 5 - 7pm. A memorial service will be held in the Essex High School auditorium at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 1, 2020. Following the service, a reception will be held at Upper Essex Baptist Church (3006 Essex Church Road, Caret, Va.) for friends and family. Interment will be held privately at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Upper Essex Baptist Church, P O Box 225, Caret, VA 22436 or Tappahannock Fire Department, P O Box 807, Tappahannock, VA 22560.

The family would like to thank Riverside Tappahannock Hospital’s staff – including those on the medical surgical floor, hospice, infusion center and those in the cancer center for all their support and assistance. We can’t forget Dr. Mason, Dr. Briggs and friends for their guidance, visits and shared memories over the past weeks.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 31st, 2020 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    When
    Friday, January 31st, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Location
    Faulkner Funeral Homes, Marks-Bristow Chapel
    Address
    206 N. Church Ln.
    TAPPAHANNOCK, VA 22560
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, January 31st, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Friday, January 31st, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Faulkner Funeral Homes, Marks-Bristow Chapel
    Address
    206 N. Church Ln.
    TAPPAHANNOCK, VA 22560
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Essex High School
    Address
    833 High School Cir..
    TAPPAHANNOCK, VA 22560
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  • Reception

    Location
    Upper Essex Baptist Church
    Address
    3006 Essex Church Rd.
    CARET, VA 22346
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Allison Cook

Posted at 06:33pm
He was my first love, my hero and the sweetest Daddy ever! I will miss him so much but I know I will be with him again. I asked him to save a room for me next to his. Enjoy your feast daddy! I will see you soon. Always your daughter, Allison
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