Gladden, Dortha Pearl
Date of birth: May 19, 1930 - Date of death: June 29, 2012
Dortha Pearl Gladden, age 82, of 507 Mapleview Drive, Clarksburg, WV,
passed away at 1:33 A. M. Friday, June 29, 2012 at the United Hospital Center
in Bridgeport, WV. She was born in Mt. Clare, WV, May 19, 1930, a daughter
of the late Raymond Franklin Frye and Lula Luella Morgan Frye.
Her beloved husband, Jewett Oliver “Buck” Gladden, who she married
November 20, 1957, preceded her in death April 18, 2012.
Surviving are: two daughters; Tina Marie Daniels, Tampa, FL and LuAnn G.
Kryshak, Clarksburg, WV, two sons; Buck O. Gladden, Ft. Pierce, FL and
Gene Raymond “Duke” Gladden, Bridgeport, WV, a brother; Fredrick L. Frye,
Clarksburg, grandchildren; Jimmy Daniels, Tampa, FL, Richard Linn Ferrell,
Fort Hood, TX and Michael Gladden, Bridgeport, WV and great grandchildren;
Brandon, Abby, Tessa, & Jimmy Jr..
In addition to her parents and her husband, Dortha was also preceded in death by
sisters; Dora & Delores Ann Frye and brothers; Donald & Richard Lee Frye.
Dortha attended Bridgeport High School and the Stealey Assembly of God
Church. She was employed at the Hazel-Atlas Glass Company, where she
worked until 1959. She became a homemaker and raised four children.
She served as councilwomen for the town of Anmoore, WV and coordinator
in 1983. In 1989 she became Mayor of Anmoore and to date is the only female
to ever hold that office. During her term in office, one of her main focuses was
making sure that the parks were maintained, clean and safe for the children of
Anmoore. She had a special place in her heart for children. She designated
a clean up program for the town of Anmoore, to clean up the streets and brought
youth offenders in to help in an attempt to give them back their self worth.
She is the founder of Central West Virginia G.T. S. B., a member of the F. O. P.
Ladies Auxiliary and a lifetime member of WV ABATE.
She loved to sit and talk with her neighbors. Her hobbies included, scratch offs,
puzzle books and watching WWE wrestling on TV. Her 82nd birthday was
celebrated with family and friends, with special greetings from Senator Manchin,
Senator Rockefeller, Governor Tomblin and a very special greeting from President
A private family graveside service was held at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens on
Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 2:00 P. M. with Pastor Jamie Gizzi presiding.
Lawrence Steele Jr.
I am so sorry to hear of Dorthy's passing. What fine people, and friends she and Buck were to me and my wife Wanda and our four daughters, Linda, Connie, Becky, and Vicki. Dorthy and Buck are truely miss. Our prayers go out for their family. God be with you all.
jim & melba kirk
so very sorry to hear of Dot,s passing...she will always hold a special place in our hearts....still have pictures of her & buck standing up for us during our wedding....will sure miss stopping by to chat when we were in Anmoore...prayers for you all....
all,love ,Jim & Melba Kirk
May the family find comfort in fond memories, and in knowing that God is "near to those that are broken at heart; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves." (Psalm 34:18) Our loving Creator, Jehovah God, has promised to soon "swallow up death forever...and wipe the tears from all faces." (Isaiah 25:8) With deepest sympathy.