Elder Canty Gaddy
MANSFIELD: Elder Canty Gaddy, 81, of 397 Third Ave. died Sunday morning, December 15, 2013 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital.
Elder Gaddy was born on Friday, December 2, 1932 to the late James L. and Beatrice Pearson Gaddy in Sebring, Florida and had lived in Mansfield the past 41 years. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. In 1972 Elder Gaddy was appointed by Bishop Robert Fields to serve as Shepard of what was then Fields Temple. Soon after his appointment he changed the name to Trinity Gospel Church Of God In Christ and lead the church for the next 41 years. Elder Gaddy did not believe that the church was just four walls but that the church should represent and support the community. He accomplished this with is Outreach Ministry in the park on the northside, radio ministry featured on WMAN, and acquired a Trailways bus that he drove himself to church conventions, programs, and shopping trips. Elder Gaddy was also a National Evangelist, State Sunday School Evangelist of the Ohio North Jurisdiction, and a member of the Mansfield Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance. On a community level he was a member of the City of Mansfield Water Department Board, and served as a Mediator for the Civil Court System.
Canty is survived by his wife of 60 years Margaret House Gaddy; daughter: Cassandra (Elder Woodrow Jr.) Jones, son: Minister Eugene (Lisa) Gaddy, Mansfield; 8 grandchildren: Andrea C. Jones, Virginia, Lolita (Howard) V. Jamison, Woodrow Brian (Teisha) Jones, Brandon E., Jason A. and Jasmine P. Gaddy, Jennifer M. and Tanitta M. Mitchell, 7 great grandchildren; 4 sisters: Daisy Fortner, Mansfield, Mary Lyles, Katherine Lamb, Wessie (Robert) Knight, St Petersburg, Florida; 3 brothers: Johnny (Josephine) Gaddy, Brooksville, Florida, Thomas (Nancy) Gaddy, Duluth, Georgia, Robert (Ida) Gaddy, Perry, Florida.
In addition to his parents an infant daughter, Beatrice, 2 sisters and 5 brothers, preceded Canty in death
Friends may call Friday in the Maddox Memorial Church Of God In Christ one hour prior to the 12:00 noon funeral service. Elder Robert Bradley will officiate the service. Interment will be in Mansfield Cemetery
Friends may leave online condolences at www.williamsfuneralservices.com