ZIRCONIA - John "Gladson" Capps, 87, a lifelong resident of Henderson County, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday June 7, 2014. He was the son of the late Sam and Pearl Levi Capps.
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In addition to his parents, Gladson was preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Bertha Ballard Capps, a brother, George Capps, a sister Carrie Capps Maybin and a great-grandson, Christopher B. Capps.
He is survived by his sons Bennett G. Capps and wife Sheila, and Reverend Bobby Capps, both of Zirconia; daughters Lynn Capps Osteen and husband Curtis of Zirconia and Millie Capps Campbell and husband Reverend Ricky Campbell of Mountain City, Tenn.
He had six grandchildren: Stacy Nix, Ben Capps, Michael Capps, Lauren Capps, Jonathan Campbell and Bethany Warden. He is also survived by nine great-grandchildren: Brooke, Kelly, Dena, Ella, Thomas, Samuel, Wyatt, McKayla and Hannah.
Gladson was a World War II veteran and served in the Pacific Theater. Upon returning home he was a farmer and carpenter. He worked at Camps Greystone and Falling Creek for over forty years. He was a member and former deacon of Cedar Springs Baptist Church.
A wonderful husband, father and grandfather, he will be greatly missed, but we know we will see him in heaven one day.
The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 9:00 PM Monday at Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Home. A private graveside service will follow on Tuesday.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Times-News from June 9 to June 10, 2014