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William E. C. Gladden
© Stilwell (OK) Democrat Journal
Submitted by: Martha Real

March 6, 1924 - November 18, 2007

William E. C. "Bill" Gladden, longtime barber in Ponca City, OK., passed away Sunday, November 18, 2007, at Ponca City Medical Center. He was 81.

Bill was born March 6, 1924, in Van Buren, Ark., the son of Ed Gladden and Mamie Woods Gladden. He entered the United States Army Infantry in December of 1943, serving at Fort Sill, Camp Blanding, Fla., Fort Mead, Md., and Camp Kilmer, N.J. Bill served with the First Army, 26th Infantry Division as a light machine-gun crewman. The 26th Division landed on Omaha Beach a few days after D-Day with Bill being later wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart, Combat Badge, three Bronze Stars for the invasion of France, the Rhine crossing and the Central Europe Campaign. and was also awarded the World War II Victory Ribbon. Bill was honorably dischared from the Army on February 24, 1946, at Camp Chaffey.

Bill was married to Haldane "Tommie" Presley on May 1, 1948, in Stilwell, OK., with the couple making their first home in Tulsa, OK., moving to Ponca City in 1950. He was a member of Woodlands Christian Church and Ponca City Masonic Lodge 83. Bill had received his 50 year Masonic Pin in 2005.

He is survived by his wife, Tommie of the home, three daughters; Tammie Chambers and huband Mark of Corpus Christi, Texas, Nancy Gladden of Sapulpa, OK., and Becky Balli and husband David of Bartlesville, OK., four grandchildren; Daniel Chambers, Matthew Chambers, London Balli and Luis Balli, three brothers; George Gladden and Hoy Gladden, both of Stilwell, OK., and James Gladden of Wagoner, OK., three sisters; Lucy Wilhite and Harriett Bays, both of Stilwell, OK., and Mary Collins of Westville, OK.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-mother; Martha Shipley, and 3 brothers; Lee Gladden and James Lee and a premature baby.

The funeral will be held Wednesday, November 21, 2007, at Woodlands Christian Church with the Rev. Paul Krueger presiding. Interment will be in Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel. Military honors will be provided by the U.S. Army Volunteer Reserve of Tulsa. Masonic rites will be recited by Ponca Ciy Masonic Lodge 83 members.

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