POCOMOKE CITY, Md. - L. Ray Gladding, 83, a lifelong resident of Pocomoke City, died peacefully Monday, April 15, 2013 at the Hartley Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pocomoke City, MD, surrounded by his family. Born in Pocomoke City on May 14, 1929, he was a son of the late Edward A. Gladding and the late Hazel Richardson Gladding. Mr. Gladding graduated from Pocomoke High School in 1946 and attended Washington College before serving in The United States Navy. He retired from a successful career of more than 50 years in real estate and was the proprietor of River Ranch Antiques. Most recently he was a swim instructor for the Worcester County Department of Parks and Recreation where he swam with the Aquanuts for over 15 years. Past and present memberships include, The Maryland Coastal Board of Realtors, charter member of the Nassawango Country Club, The Dunes Club of Ocean City, the Pocomoke Jaycees, and The Spirit of Newtowne Committee which spearheaded the restoration of The Isaac Costen House Museum. Additionally, Mr. Gladding was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, a life member of both The American Legion Post 93 and Pocomoke Elks Lodge #1624 and had been a member and past president of the Pocomoke City Rotary Club. His love of all things beach related took him to The Sea Ranch in Fort Lauderdale Florida where he was a beach lifeguard for ten years after which he traveled the country and the Caribbean before settling back in Pocomoke City. His signature dry wit, sense of humor and infectious laughter brought joy to all who knew him and will be missed most of all.
He is survived by two daughters, Laura Gladding Morrison and her husband Bruce of Pocomoke City and Mary Blair Sterrett and her husband Reid of Salisbury; one son, David Renshaw Gladding and his wife Denitta of Fruitland; a brother, Edward Richardson Gladding of Pocomoke City; seven grandchildren, Caitlin Morrison Evans and her husband Jamie, Taylor Blake Morrison, Madelyn Kinkead Sterrett, Mariah Louise Sterrett, Mallory Tate Sterrett, Demi Rajon Gladding, and Dia Raye Gladding; his friend and love of 35 years Becky Watson Long and her daughter Lynda Beauchamp (Larry) and granddaughter Beth Beauchamp. Survivors also include many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Joy Gladding.
Family and friends will gather for a visitation at the Holloway Funeral Home, P.A. in Pocomoke City on Friday, April 19, 2013 from 6 - 8 PM, where an Elks Memorial Service will be held at 6PM. A graveside service, officiated by the Rev. Dr. Sally Dolch, will be held, 2:00 PM, Saturday, April 20, 2013, in the Bethany Methodist Cemetery on Third Street in Pocomoke City. Following the interment the family will gather for a reception at the Pocomoke Elks Lodge, 1944 Worcester Highway, Pocomoke City, MD. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hartley Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 1006 Market Street, Pocomoke City, MD 21851, The American Cancer Society, 8219 Town Center Drive, P.O. Box 43025, Baltimore, MD 21236 or the charity of your choice. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 107 Vine Street, Pocomoke City, Maryland 21851. To send condolences to the family please visit Holloway Funeral Home's website.