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Gladys J. Jarrell, age 87, passed away on June 3, 2018 at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, NC. Gladys was born August 3, 1930 in Saluda, SC to the late Inez and George Thomas.

Gladys grew up in Greensboro, attending JC Price Elementary and graduated from Dudley High School in 1949. She was a faithful member of Saint James Baptist Church.

After graduating, she moved to Paterson, NJ.  She joined and became an active member of Calvary Baptist Church. She sang in the Gospel Chorus and was a member of the Roberta Johnson Guild. 

Gladys was a passionate, Certified & Licensed Cosmetologist; this lead to a rewarding Salon Career.  She also obtained her Nursing Certification, worked primarily with special-needs children and retired from the New Jersey State Training Center.

During these years she married John Ivory Grant.  Into their union, Gladys and John welcomed and raised her two nieces Camille and Gwen, with whom she has enjoyed close relationships throughout her life.

Years after the death of her 1st husband John, she returned to Greensboro where she cared for her mother until her passing.  She met and married Dudley High classmate David Jarrell.

In Greensboro, she continued her Cosmetology career and she was a beloved Nanny for a number of families.

Gladys, a vivaciously spirited woman, filled her life with travel, fashion, collecting, gaming and many other interests.  She was surrounded by a world of friends.  Gladys often and affectionately referred to herself as ‘The Doll’ and others knew her as the ‘Diva.’

Gladys was predeceased by her parents, her two husbands, her brother Edward Jones and sister Georgia Thomas. She leaves to cherish her memory grand and great-grand nieces, nephews, extended family members, and a host of friendships that she cherished.

A service honoring her life will be held Friday, June 8, 2018 at St. James Baptist Church;  531 Florida St. Greensboro, NC.  The service will begin at 11 am.  The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. James' building fund.

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  • Monday, June 04, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Perry J. Brown Funeral Home
  • Tuesday, June 05, 2018
    I am truly heartbroken to have to say this but Gladys you will truly be missed. You've made a big impact on my life since the day ive meet. I will forever miss you, you will always be in my heart.
    ~ Vanessa King   Grenesboro, NC
  • Tuesday, June 05, 2018
    I am truly heartbroken to have to say this but Gladys you will truly be missed. You've made a big impact on my life since the day ive meet. I will forever miss you, you will always be in my heart.
    ~ Vanessa King   Grenesboro, NC
  • Tuesday, June 05, 2018
    I am truly heartbroken to have to say this but Gladys you will truly be missed. You've made a big impact on my life since the day ive meet. I will forever miss you, you will always be in my heart.
    ~ Vanessa King   Grenesboro, NC
  • Thursday, June 07, 2018
    A Wonderful Angel has gone home. Prayers are with the family.
    ~ Pamela A. Milliken   Greensboro
  • Tuesday, June 05, 2018
    Life is one of our most cherished gift and when it fades away it often brings pain and sorrow. Your family is experiencing the devastating loss of your dear love one Gladys and my deepest condolences are with your family. Not only are you sadden by this situation but our Heavenly Father feels your pain. However, it is comforting to know that god sent his son Jesus who gave his life as a ransom in order for Gladys to have the wonderful hope in a resurrection. Acts 24:15 confirms this promise which stated, “there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and unrighteous”. It will be during that time god will remember everything about Gladys and bring her back. Therefore, pray to the god of all comfort, Jehovah because he will strengthen and sustain you during this time of sorrow. (for more info go to JW.org)
    ~ Charles Bell   Asheboro, NC
  • Tuesday, June 05, 2018
    So sorry for your loss. Gladys will be missed by me because she was a very good person.
    ~ Kimberly Price   Greensboro, NC
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018
    Our warmest sympathies goes to you and yours in these difficult moments. May you find strength from the words of 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 3 Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God. What a loving God who cares about each one of us. He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018
    Our warmest sympathies goes to you and yours in these difficult moments. May you find strength from the words of 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 3 Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God. What a loving God who cares about each one of us. He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Saturday, June 23, 2018
    Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your dear love one. A scripture that has given me much comfort is Revelation 21:4 which promises that one day death will be no more. I hope this scripture brings comfort to your family during this difficult time.
    ~ Dorothy   Greensboro