Roy Lavert Gladen Sr.

July 27, 1926March 19, 2013

DENISON - Roy Lavert Gladen Sr., 86, of Sherman passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Texas Health Presbyterian WNJ Hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of Bratcher Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 23 at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Denison, with Rev. Jim Hawthorne officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive visitors Friday, March 22, from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be John Unerfusser, Sale Omohundro, Scott Bandemir, Ricky Gilliam, Michael Omohundro, Freddy Peratta, Mike Fish and Steve Ferguson.

Mr. Gladen was born July 27, 1926, in Vandervoort, Ark., to William A. and Lydia Mae (Griffith) Gladen. He served in the US Navy during WWII, aboard the LCIG 450 and was honorably discharged on Jan. 21, 1946. Roy met Mary Gregg on June 30, 1945, and they were married eight days later on July 7 in Durant. They enjoyed 67 years together. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Denison.

After his military service, Roy was hired by Steakley Chevrolet in Denison as a mechanic’s helper. He rapidly worked his way up to salesman and then sales manager. After acquiring the Buick franchise in Sherman, he opened Roy Gladen Buick. The business quickly outgrew its facility and with partner Dr. Roy Riddels, Mr. Gladen built the larger facilities currently occupied by Stanley Buick GMC.

An avid sports fan, Roy loved the Cowboys, Rangers and Mavericks. He also enjoyed bowling and played golf with many friends at Woodlawn Country Club, Denison Rod and Gun Club and Tanglewood.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents, brother, W. A. Gladen and sister, Geneva Anderson. Survivors include his wife, Mary Frances Gladen; a daughter, Frances Caroline Kinney of Mesquite and a son, Roy L. (Butch) Gladen Jr. and wife Donna; grandchildren Jamie Gladen and wife Shannon of Sherman, Zach Gladen and fiance Holli Henderson of Sherman, Jeff Kinney and wife Norie of Frisco, Chris Kinney of Dallas, Ryan Kinney of Mesquite, and Bryan Wandel and wife Bridget of Durant, OK; nine great-grandchildren. A sister Caroline Edwards and husband P. B. of North Carolina and many nieces and nephews.

A special thank you to friend and neighbor Mary Buick.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church or your favorite charity.

Online condolences may be made to the family at



  • Visitation Friday, March 22, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 23, 2013


  • Burial

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Pamela Taylor Long

March 26, 2013

My prayers are with the Gladen family in the passing of Roy.

Shirley Mabary Hill

March 26, 2013

Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that you find peace and comfort during this time.

Lonnie Carter

March 25, 2013

Jamie and Zach, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Sherry Andrews

March 24, 2013

My Love and Prayers are with you, Mary and Butch. Roy was a wonderful man and friend.

Jimmie Evans McInnis

March 24, 2013

Butch, May you have peace at this time of sorrow and loss.

Gary Shires

March 24, 2013

So sorry to the Gladen family for the loss of Roy. Roy truly was a bright light in any room he entered, wonderful man and he will be missed by all of us. May GOD bless, Gary and Tylene Shires

Billy&Sarah Dean

March 23, 2013

Mary and Butch, we are sorry to hear of Roy's passing he was a true gentlemen taking care of me when buying car from him from Steakley's thru Roy Gladen's Buick. We had some good times at Golf Tounaments esoecially the Calcutta's, in closing Denison will be missing a good friend and a loyal Denisonian.

Cheryl & Tim Inman

March 23, 2013

Dear Gladden Family,

Tim & I are praying for you all during this difficult time. Roy has left a wonderful legacy and was blessed with a beautiful family. We wish we could be there today, but know we are in spirit.

Our Love and Prayers,

March 23, 2013

Butch, I will be thinking of You and all
of your Family durng these difficult times. Bob B.

Bob Baldermann

March 23, 2013

Roy was a special person and good friend.
I am very sad of his passing. May the Lord be with him.