Gladys Graves Loy of Burlington, 88, entered eternal life on Monday, November 5, 2018. A native of Alamance County, she was born May 24, 1930, one of four children to Paul M. and Novella Isley Graves, both deceased. She and the late Donald A. Loy were married 56 years before his death in 2005. Gladys was also preceded in death by her siblings; Faye Coble, Christine Graves and Cline Graves.
Her spirit is carried on by her five children, nine grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren. Survivors include children: JoAnne Carter and Robbie of Mebane, Sharron Butler and David of Snow Camp, Greg Loy and Karen of Burlington, Drew Loy of the home, and Sandra Wood and Jim of Snow Camp. Grandchildren include Brian Carter (Jennifer), Daniel Carter (Penny), Kelly Butler Inman (Jerry), Janna Carter Wimbish (Chris), Mindy Carter Wertheim (Darren), Suzanne Butler Sharpe (Jason), Paul Carter, Ross Wood (Ashley), and Mason Wood. Great Grandchildren include Megan, Emily, Chase, Zachary, Noah, Casey, Brandy, Ashley, Tucker, Hunter, Payton, Summer, Brayden, Sawyer, Amy, LJ, Griffin, Addison, and Smith.
Gladys was a graduate of E.M. Holt High School and enjoyed calling the Friendship Community home for all of her 88 years. She loved the house that she and her husband built together on land her father gave them. She spent her free time gardening, canning, cooking, and tending to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She also enjoyed camping and fishing and taking trips to the lake and to the coast. Over the years you could always find her tending to her chickens and gathering eggs to share. She loved to be outside, working alongside her husband whether at carpentry or farming, and catching up with friends daily on the telephone. She made a name for herself in the community climbing on top of houses with her contractor husband. She asked for little for herself, but absolutely loved her weekly visit to Ann’s and later Angie’s to get her hair done. She was a doting mother and grandmother, a devoted friend and a faithful member of Friendship United Methodist Church.
Gladys spent her final days at Hospice surrounded by her children, family and friends. The family wishes to thank the staff of Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell for the loving care shown to their beloved mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother.
In lieu of flowers and because of Gladys’ love for children and her church, donations may be made to the Friendship UMC Sunday School Classroom Renovation Project c/o Friendship United Methodist Church, 4612 Friendship Patterson Mill Road, Burlington, NC 27215.
The family will receive friends at 6-8 pm on Wednesday at Rich & Thompson and at other times at the family home at 4461 Friendship Patterson Mill Road. The funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm on Thursday at Friendship United Methodist Church in Burlington with Reverend Thurman Horney officiating. The body will be taken to the church to lie in state for 30 minutes prior to the service. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. The family invites you to join them for a reception in the church fellowship hall following the graveside service hosted by the church bereavement committee.