Gladys Knight, 95, passed away in Livingston TX on June 16, 2022 surrounded by love.
She was born and raised in Mt. Pleasant TX, February 3, 1927, to the late George Washington Elrod and Sally Elrod. She was the youngest and last survivor of four children. When she was born, her oldest sister Neoma was already married, and her brother Albert was in the army.
While visiting her sister Pearl in Pittsburg, TX, she met Hubert Allen Knight who became the love of her life, her best friend, and husband of 72 years, marrying on Friday the 13 of March 1943.
As a young mother, she took pride in raising her three girls in Beaumont, TX, teaching them that the highest priority is God. Gladys’ faith was constant, any time the church was open, she was there, spending many hours volunteering, teaching bible class, running Vacation Bible School, cooking, and serving. She found great joy in serving her church and she was involved as much as possible her whole life.
After Hubert retired from Mobil Oil and they moved to a farm in Call, TX, they both enjoyed farming and gardening galore. She was now able to supply her friends, neighbors and family with abundant fresh vegetables while continuing to volunteer her time at the Baptist church, the nursing home and as the ever-present county election official.
She always cherished family time, nobody ever left her home hungry, and was always hard to beat in cards, dominoes, & rummy cube. Her whole life, she could always be found helping someone. She was sometimes called the hardest working volunteer in the county. She earned this title by ensuring her bible class was always on track and the election ballots were always fair.
Her pride in her later years was being a queen of her quilting club, winning numerous awards, prizes and ribbons while donating many prize-winning, one-of-a-kind quilts to charity, family, and friends.
Hubert preceded her to heaven on January 26, 2016 and Gladys spent the remainder of her years living with her youngest daughter, Beth, in Coldspring, TX.
She is survived by: Three daughters: Shirley Davidson, Linda Hogenson, Beth Dorsey
10 great grandchildren
3 great-great grandchildren
Funeral Services will be at Call Junction Baptist Church on Tuesday June 21, 2022 at 1:00 pm with burial at Trout Creek Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 11 am prior to service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS.org)