Funeral will be held at Crestwood Chapel at 2 p.m. Sunday for Mildred B. Acray, 90, who died Thursday, April 28, 2011. Dr. Michael Yopp of White Springs Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be at Crestwood Cemetery. Crestwood Memorial Funeral Home will direct services.
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Mildred was retired from Etowah County ASCS, USDA office with 28 years of service. She was a member of White Springs Baptist Church. She was a native of Calhoun County and had lived in Etowah County since 1945. She was the youngest and the last surviving member of a family of 11 children.
She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Reid Bryant, and mother, Maggie Andrews Bryant, Cedar Springs, Ala.; four sisters, Ethel, Elzora, Anna and Velma; six brothers, Andrew, Thomas Reid Jr., Renfroe, Clarence, Ralph and Edwin; husband, George Acray; first husband, Curtis C. Gladden Sr.; a precious son, Curtis Coleman Gladden Jr.; and grandson, Chris Gladden.
She is survived by a daughter, Anita Smith; two sons, Terry Gladden (Debra) and Jeff Gladden (Vicki); stepdaughter, Shelia Ford (Rod); stepson, Richard Acray (Brenda); five grandchildren, Donna Bragg, Scott Gladden, TJ Gladden (Kellie), Jennifer Umphrey (Jerad), Patrick Gladden (Leianna); seven step-grandchildren, Gena Coggins (David), Wayne Mason, David Gladden (Amber), Kim Partee, Emily Batey (Tom), Jeremy Acray (Shana), Matthew Acray (Katie); six great-grandchildren, Will Bragg, Anna Bragg, Cole Gladden, Sam Gladden, Sadie Umphrey, Kendall Meyer; 12 step-great-grandchildren, Ceylor Neugant, Jayden Glasgow, Julia Batey, Will Batey, Alawyn Acray, Aperial Acray, Chelsea Coggins, Casey Coggins, Courtney Coggins, Cody Mason, Caleb Mason and another on the way; 20 loving nieces and nephews; numerous great-nieces and nephews; three former daughters-in-law, Libby Ellis, Charlotte Moon and Del Gentry, every one of whom she loved dearly and they loved her.
She loved the community of Cedar Springs and the people who lived there. She loved the school across the road from her house and the teachers who taught her from the age of 4 years through the ninth grade.
She loved her Poppa's little red Country Store.
For 53 years, the school kids came and traded their eggs, pennies and nickels for pencils, note pads, blow gum and candy. The men of the community sat on nail kegs around the pot-bellied stove in the winter and played checkers on a homemade board, using Coca Cola tops for the checkers. They sat on a bench outside in the summer chewing tobacco and solving the politics of the day. She loved working in her yard, planting trees. She loved going to church for her WMU meetings. She enjoyed painting and drawing and good books (especially poetry).
Pallbearers will be her nephews: Thomas Bryant, Lowell Bryant, Echols Bryant, Billy Bryant, Johnny Bryant and Donald Bryant.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Bryant, Mickey Bryant, Ralph Bryant Jr., David Bryant, Judson Hamilton, Albert Wood, co-workers and best friends of ASCS and Extension Office of Etowah County and special friend, Frances Hooper.
A special thank you to Piedmont Health Care and Rehabilitation Center.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 this evening.
Crestwood Memorial Funeral Home - Gadsden
2209 East Broad Street
Gadsden, AL 35903
Published in The Gadsden Times on Apr. 30, 2011