Gladys T. Loggins
April 18, 1928 – April 12, 2019
Gladys Oviedo Thompson Loggins, aged 90, died peacefully on April 12, 2019, six days before her 91st birthday.
She passed away at Baylor, Scott, and White Hospital in Plano, Texas, after a brief struggle with pneumonia. Gladys was born on April 18, 1928, at Bull Creek in Kenansville, Florida, the daughter of John and Almedia Thompson.
Our mom enjoyed being a wife and mother, never putting off her duties of keeping a clean home, preparing wholesome hot meals, and all the other responsibilities of taking care of her family. She also enjoyed working in her flower garden. Her favorite sport was fishing, both fresh and saltwater, with her family and friends, even though she did not like to eat fish. She lived a simple quiet life, believing in hard work, doing your best, and being honest, never expecting handouts, but "saving for a rainy day." She believed that people should live right in all they do. She not only taught us these life values, but she lived them. She was a modest women in all perspectives, but she always provided us with everything we needed.
In 1948, Gladys married Lumpkin D. Loggins, Jr., who was stationed at Orlando Air Base. They moved to different places during the time in the military, including bases in Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Texas, and Hawaii. After retiring from the military, they went into business for themselves, owning and operating several neighborhood grocery stores and a citrus business in Orlando. In addition to raising their four children, she would work side by side with her husband, whenever needed, in these businesses for over 20 years.
They decided to sell everything to move to Texas to be near their children and grandchildren. They invested in real estate, buying homes and acreage , which proved to be very beneficial. Gladys still enjoyed working with the public, so she became a sales person for StrideRite, selling children's shoes for 25+ years. She was one of their top sellers. She even attended night school at Richland Community College in Dallas, earning her G.E.D. She retired from Stride Rite at age 85, only because of a heart attack.
Gladys was a born again Christian, believing in and working at, the truths taught by Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior. She was a tireless worker, and an inspiration to her family, for sure.
Gladys is survived by her four children: three sons, Larry, Lawton, and L.D., and a daughter, Lana. She also leaves behind grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, and numerous loving relatives and friends.
There will be a private graveside service for the immediate family at Glen Haven Memorial Park and Mausoleum in Winter Park, Florida. The service will be conducted by Leonard Thompson, Pastor at HeartCry Church in St. Cloud, Florida. She will be buried next to her loving husband of almost 62 years.
- Graveside Service Thursday, April 18, 2019