Gladys Garland Thompson, age 88 of Harrogate, Tennessee, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, September 21, 2013. After a battle with cancer, she died at the home of her daughter, surrounded by her family. She was born into a coal mining family on September 27, 1924 in Fonde, Kentucky. At the age of 17, she moved with her Mother to Harrogate, Tennessee, where she completed her senior year at Powell Valley High School and met her future husband, George White Thompson. They were married June 17, 1942 in Deland, Florida where he was stationed at the time during World War II. She returned to Claiborne County after the Service, she was a homemaker, completed Business School, and through the years, worked in business with her husband. She was a Sunday School teacher where she touched the lives of many children, she enjoyed singing in the Choir at Harrogate United Methodist Church. In 2005, she joined Pump Springs Baptist Church where she actively served teaching in the Celebrate Recovery Twelve Step Program, leading Grief Share and other book studies. She was a charter member of the Harrogate Garden Club. She was gracious lady whose kindness and love toward others was evident in the life she lived, and she herself in turn, was loved by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Etta Garland, a Son: Dr. George Stanley Thompson, Husband: George White Thompson, Brothers: Kermit Garland, Ernest Garland, Russell Garland, Walter “Bee” Garland, Elgan Garland and Robert Garland, Sisters: Lois Garland, Olive Huddleston and Thelma Carr. She is survived by the following members of her family:
Daughter and Son-in-law: Judy and Dr. Edwin Robertson, Son and Daughter-in-law: Rodney and D.D. Thompson, all of Harrogate, TN.
Daughter-in-law: Sandra Green Thompson of Knoxville, TN
Grandchildren: Heather Leigh Thompson of Knoxville, TN, John Adam (Cindi) Robertson of Speedwell, TN, George Bradley (Rebecca) Thompson of Knoxville, TN, Emily Robertson (John) King of Harrogate, TN and Scott Elder Thompson of Memphis, TN.
Great Grandchildren: Olivia Grace Robertson and Noah Bradley Robertson of Speedwell, TN, Riley Parker King and Halle McLayne King of Harrogate, TN, Harper Amelia Wehrenberg and Addison Reece Wehrenberg of Knoxville, TN
And a host of other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 24, at the Pump Springs Baptist Church with Pastor Scott Cannon and Rev. Gary Miller presiding. Music will be provided by John King, Elizabeth Edwards and Vickie Hale. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 25, at the Harrogate Cemetery at Harrogate, TN. Family and Friends may gather at 9:30 a.m. at the Pump Springs Baptist Church for a procession to the cemetery. Pallbearers will be Adam Robertson, Bradley Thompson, Scott Thompson, Dr. Edwin Robertson, John King and James Richard Nevils. Honorary pallbearers are Dr. George Day and Dr. John Michael Robertson.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 24, at the Pump Springs Baptist Church in Harrogate, Tennessee.
Memorials are suggested to Celebrate Recovery, c/o Pump Springs Baptist Church, P.O. Box 2, Harrogate, TN 37752.
Online condolences and guestbook are available at www.creechfh.com
Creech Funeral Home, Middlesboro, is in charge of all arrangements.