Gladys Herrington Long

November 13, 1921September 2, 2019
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Gladys Herrington Long (G-Mama) – This is a tribute, as well as an obituary about my mother. My mom was born on November 13, 1921 in Baxley, Georgia, to James C and Ida Bell Herrington. She grew up during the Great Depression, along with her three sisters; Louise, Lucille and Gracie. I believe that growing up in those difficult times helped to mold them into the strong women they are today. In her early years, mom was a member of Easter Star, among many other things. She was a member of Jacksonville Baptist Temple, where she had many friends. She even took a trip to the Holy Land, which she talked about up until several weeks before her passing.

Mom was an accomplished seamstress, taking great pride not only in the beautiful clothes that she had made for me, but also in the numerous quilts that she had made for family and friends. She was also an excellent painter, a talent that she used to create a wonderful painting of our home – one that hangs over the fireplace. She worked and retired from the Federal Reserve Bank Money Department, and for many years, she even had part-time jobs like being a cashier, to selling Tupperware or Luzier Cosmetics. Mom was a strong and independent woman, years before it was common to hold two jobs.

Mom had a quick wit and was never short of an answer. Her heart was huge, and she would always help anyone with anything that she could. She was the most loving and wonderful mother that anyone could have asked for. I was so proud to say that I was her daughter, and she was my mom. We were extremely close. She told her own life story by the way she lived. Mom touched the lives of everyone who knew her and her passing has left a large void, but now in her heavenly home though, mom can see, hear, and walk without any pain. I am sure that her spirit radiates today.

Mother is predeceased by her granddaughter; Traci Lynne Carter, her parents; James C. and Ida Bell Herrington, her sister Louise H. Brown, her husband William F. Long, and numerous other family members.

She is survived by her daughter Janet Pyke Tomlinson, her sisters; Lucille Kirkland and Gracie Lee Kirkland (Herbert), her special sons; Bill Long and Wayne Long (Dottie), family members; Cheryl Cohen, Nancy Crick and Gary Tomlinson along with their children and grandchildren; numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, special friends, and her baby boy, Oscar, her yorkie.

We would like to thank all of her caregivers, not in any particular order - Community Hospice, Linda Drye, Dottie Long, Cheryl Cohen, and Cathy Scott.

A special thank you to pallbearers, James C. Deen, Bill and Wayne Long, Blythe Long, Kirkland Franklin, and Michael Morris.

Services under the care of Hardage-Giddens Riverside Memorial Park & Funeral Home.


  • James C. Deen, Pallbearer
  • Bill Long, Pallbearer
  • Wayne Long, Pallbearer
  • Blythe Long, Pallbearer
  • Kirkland Franklin, Pallbearer
  • Michael Morris, Pallbearer


  • Visitation Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Graveside Service Thursday, September 12, 2019


Gladys Herrington Long

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Gail Sparks

September 13, 2019

Janet, I was so sorry to hear about your Mother. I remember what a fun, loving lady she was when we were young. Do you remember riding in the back of the truck when you moved from 12th street to Riverside? Your Mom was so cool! You were so lucky to have had such a long ,close relationship together. You both were blessed to have each other.
Never question what a great daughter you were to your Mother.
Will be keeping you in my prayers.


Jennifer Stahl

September 12, 2019

Bill and Glady Long - he loved her very much.

Patsy Crumpton

September 11, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear of Gladys' passing. Gladys always referred to herself as my mean-ole-step-Ma. But in reality, Gladys was always loving, kind, and had a heart as big as the sky. You're with Daddy now! Give him a big hug for me. Love you!

Arthur Herrington.

September 8, 2019

we will always have gladys in our memories

Jennifer Stahl

September 6, 2019

G - Mama and I both shared the love of making quilts. She made us one as a wedding present, and my Mom and Dad too. She worried her sight would fail before she could make all the grandkids one. She sent me instructions to finish the completion of one for my mom so we would work together sometimes via UPS. She sent me scraps because that’s what quilters do. She always opened her heart to me like I was her granddaughter even though she knew I had s special bond with my deceased grandmother. She treated me like family. She was gracious that way. She cared for my grandfather and they traveled a lot together. She always took the extra time to send cards and letters hand written which very few people do anymore. My Mom and Dad cared for her very much. I always thought it was kind of her to offer to take me to visit my Mom-mom’s headstone as she knew I missed her. She had class. I remember when she asked to be called G-Mama which was when my son was born. She was a very good wife to my Grandfather. I remember her driving me around and then eventually asking me to drive. I will never forget her southern hospitality and sensibilities.
Gladys/G ‘Mama, I love this photo of you because I can hear your voice and see you walking along at a lively pace.
Love, Jennifer.

Kathy Sneed

September 5, 2019

Our deepest condolences to the family
Prayers of comfort and love

Margaret, Phyllis,
Nina and Kathy


Gladys about 1940


Gladys about 1940


Feb. 17, 1940 our first anniversary. He sent a dozen yellow Glads and a cake. He was overseas at the time.


Mom and Janet


Family Food Market


1939 17 years old