DENISON - Roy Lavert Gladen Sr., 86, of Sherman passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Texas Health Presbyterian WNJ Hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of Bratcher Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 23 at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Denison, with Rev. Jim Hawthorne officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive visitors Friday, March 22, from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be John Unerfusser, Sale Omohundro, Scott Bandemir, Ricky Gilliam, Michael Omohundro, Freddy Peratta, Mike Fish and Steve Ferguson.
Mr. Gladen was born July 27, 1926, in Vandervoort, Ark., to William A. and Lydia Mae (Griffith) Gladen. He served in the US Navy during WWII, aboard the LCIG 450 and was honorably discharged on Jan. 21, 1946.
Roy met Mary Gregg on June 30, 1945, and they were married eight days later on July 7 in Durant. They enjoyed 67 years together. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Denison.
After his military service, Roy was hired by Steakley Chevrolet in Denison as a mechanic's helper. He rapidly worked his way up to salesman and then sales manager. After acquiring the Buick franchise in Sherman, he opened Roy Gladen Buick. The business quickly outgrew its facility and with partner Dr. Roy Riddels, Mr. Gladen built the larger facilities currently occupied by Stanley Buick GMC.
An avid sports fan, Roy loved the Cowboys, Rangers and Mavericks. He also enjoyed bowling and played golf with many friends at Woodlawn Country Club, Denison Rod and Gun Club and Tanglewood.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents, brother, W. A. Gladen and sister, Geneva Anderson. Survivors include his wife, Mary Frances Gladen; a daughter, Frances Caroline Kinney of Mesquite and a son, Roy L. (Butch) Gladen Jr. and wife Donna; grandchildren Jamie Gladen and wife Shannon of Sherman, Zach Gladen and fiance Holli Henderson of Sherman, Jeff Kinney and wife Norie of Frisco, Chris Kinney of Dallas, Ryan Kinney of Mesquite, and Bryan Wandel and wife Bridget of Durant, OK; nine great-grandchildren. A sister Caroline Edwards and husband P. B. of North Carolina and many nieces and nephews.
A special thank you to friend and neighbor Mary Buick.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church or your favorite charity.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.bratcherfuneralhome.com