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Gladys Gustavia Bethany

June 10, 1934August 9, 2019

Gladys Gustavia Bethany, 85, passed during the evening hours of Friday (August 9, 2019) following an extended illness. Gladys was born on June 10, 1934 in Kingsport, TN to the late John Samuel & Zelma Gustavia (Trent) Spears.

Gladys was known and loved by everyone as “Nana”. She enjoyed being outdoors working in her flowers, birdwatching, fishing, and spending time with her family and friends. She was a dedicated employee of Walmart for over 21 years. Gladys was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend; she will be greatly missed by all.

In addition to her parents, Gladys was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 28 years, Walter “Dub” Bethany; two brothers, John and Roy Spears; and sister, Josephine Ryan.

Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters, Tammy Owens and Debbie Foster & fiancée Allen Gentry; brother, Ray Spears; two sisters, Aldie Whitaker, and Imogene Ryan; four grandchildren, Donica Foster, Mindy Foster, Colt Owens & wife Morgan, and Lance Owens; six great-grandchildren, Grayson Canter, Tanzlee Canter, Evan Foster, Emmy Foster, Eithan Turner, and Khalid Owens; special friend, Donnie McCann; “furry-friend”, Oreo; all of her “adopted grandchildren”; fellow employees and friends of Walmart; several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. Gladys will be laid to rest in the Garden of Everlasting Life II at East Lawn Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be made to the Bethany family at www.eastlawnkingsport.com. East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park has the honor of serving the Bethany family.


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Lynn Shurtleff

August 20, 2019

Being at the Bristol Walmart during the fall insurance season for 9 years, Gladys was always there and always had a smile and a hello. I missed her not being there last year. I got to know her better after she retired and know that she will be greatly missed by many. A life well lived and loved.

Ada Bird

August 20, 2019

Tammy & Debbie, I'm so sorry for you loss. You both took me in as apart of your family. And you know how much I loved your mom. I was blessed to have gotten to spend time with her that I did. Even if I did talk her ears off. She was an amazing lady. And touched everyone's heart in one way or another. God has another angel. And when you see the brightest star in the sky it's her shinning down on us & watching over us. My thoughts & prayers are with you all.
With love, Ada

Ada Bird

August 20, 2019

Tammy & Debbie, I'm so sorry for your close. You all made me apart of your family. I loved your mom & I'm so thankful I had gotten to know her as I did. You all are a blessing in my life. My love for her will always be in my heart. Please remember you both are very special to me. And your mom is the brightest star in the sky & she's watching down on all of us.
With all my love,

Nancy Hicks

August 19, 2019

I worked with Gladys at Walmart for several years and she was such a wonderful lady. Even when she wasn’t feeling well she tried her best to carry on and do the best work possible. She had a great sense of humor and I really will miss her.

Jeannie Cook

August 17, 2019

I worked with Gladys at Raytheon and Gordon Garment, she was a sweet and dedicated person. She bragged a lot about her daughters and made a lot of sacrifices for them. I will miss seeing her when I go to Walmart. She was a very kind person to talk to. I’m sure she will be missed. Prayers for the family🙏

Marilyn Laws

August 17, 2019

I worked with Glayds for many years at Walmart 620. She was known and loved by all. She loved her family and grandkids. And she worked till she could take no more. Hearts broken. Sorry for your loss 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

Nancy May

August 16, 2019

Gladys was such a blessing to many people at Wal Mart. I got the privilege to work with Gladys for s couple of years. She was a wonderful person. May you rest in peace Gladys.

Stephanie Stull

August 16, 2019

I remember Miss Gladys from 620. She was a precious soul. Always so sweet. She will be missed.

Brenda Wilson

August 16, 2019

I worked with Miss Gladys and I loved her dearly, she was such a kind and caring lady. She will be missed.

pam Rosenbalm

August 16, 2019

I work with Gladys at Walmart she was very special person and a good friend I will miss her and that wonderful smile my thoughts and prayers are with the family