Gladys Sanderlin Harris

September 17, 1936 - April 15, 2022

09/17/1936 - 04/15/2022

Past Services

Saturday April 23, 2022
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home – Denbigh Chapel
12893 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23608
(757) 874-4200 | Directions
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Celebration of Life Reception at Altmeyer Funeral Home – Denbigh Chapel

Gladys accepted her invitation to heaven on Friday, April 15, 2022.  Born to Celius and Nellie Sanderlin of Shawboro, North Carolina on September 17, 1936.  Gladys grew up as a country girl working on her family’s farm.  She graduated from Moyock High School in 1954, where she played girls basketball and was voted “most athletic”.  Employed for many years with C & P Telephone Company (now Verizon) retiring in 1991.  An avid bowler who loved participating with her teammates in US Bowling Congress national tournaments throughout the United States.  She also was dedicated to the sisterhood of many friends in the Order of Eastern Star Pocahontas 103, Williamsburg, Virginia.
Gladys will be remembered by all as a sweet spirit, devoted to her family and friends; a wonderful loving wife, mother, and grandmother.  She is survived by her children Deborah Watts of Newport News, Cecil Edwards Jr. of Newport News, Robert Edwards (Catherine) of Yorktown, and Melisa Graef (Ron) of Newport News; grandchildren Alanna Watts, Jessica Kravitz (John), Danielle Edwards, Cailin Watts (Bruce), and Zachary Edwards; five great-grandchildren Melody, Mia, Meadow, Stella, and Tucker.  Three siblings of Moyock NC; Florence Scaff (Marvin), Willie Sanderlin, and Allen Sanderlin (Ann).  She is preceded in death by her devoted loving husband, Robert C. Harris, and three siblings.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 12 noon, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 12893 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23608.  In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the Order of Eastern Star Pocahontas 103 Williamsburg Virginia or the American Diabetes Association.

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Jack and Germaine Watts
24 days ago

Gladys was a wonderful person who loved her family and friends and was always there for them unconditionally. She was a one of a kind person who was ahead of her time but always remembered where she came from and was very proud of that.I was fortunate to spend many Sundays and Holidays at her house and enjoyed her Southern cooking and hospitality.She was kind and caring and will be Missed.Wish we could be there to pay our Respect. .Our Condolences and Thoughts and Prayers to her Loved Ones and friends. Rest In Peace Gladys.

Barbara Angstadt
24 days ago

Aunt Gladys was a wonderful person. She was always putting others before herself. She will be remembered for her kindness and caring.

Dave & Donna Lambert
26 days ago

Bob & Gladys were our neighbors for over 20 years. They were both always willing to help out when ever needed. Missy became my third daughter and she was part of our family. We miss them both. Peace and blessings to the family, You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Bonnie Enderle
26 days ago

Gladys and I became friends through our work at C&P Telephone Company. Soon we were bowling together and she became my mother’s best friend, and Missy became the little sister I never had. I am so thankful that Gladys was in my life as a “second Mom” and that she and my mom shared so many great memories through bowling and Eastern Star. I pray for comfort for Gladys’s family and believe that she and mom (Loma) are chatting away again in Heaven together. I look forward to a reunion with them one day.