Gladys May (Lashly) McMullen

Posted: Fri 7:17 AM, Mar 15, 2013
Funeral Home: Gipson Funeral Home
November 13, 1923 – March 10, 2013

Gladys May (Lashly) McMullen, 87, died Sunday, March 10th, in Bryan, Texas. She was born and raised in Lufkin, Texas. Her parents were Glennie Yeargin and T.I. Lashly.

Growing up, she was a member of First United Methodist Church, Lufkin. At Lufkin High School, Gladys was a cheerleader, majorette with the band, and a flag corps girl at all the football games. She was an honor student who loved school, music, art, and yellow roses.

She graduated from Lufkin High School, as well as Stephen F. Austin State University, having a double major in English and History. She was president of the Gibbs Hall Girls, and member of The Amity Club. In 1946 she was chosen for "Who's Who in American Colleges & Universities." Joe K. McMullen was stationed in Germany during World War II. He played clarinet in General Eisenhower's private band, in addition to his duties as a soldier.

On May 26, 1946, she married the one true love of her life, Joe. In the years to come, she was a teacher at Livingston Jr. High School, then a 1st grade teacher at the elementary school located on the military base at Ft. Hood in Killeen, Texas. She then became the Librarian at League City Elementary School, League City, Texas. Their move to College Station came about because Joe was appointed the Associate Director of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band. In time he established and directed the University Symphonic Band. She became the Librarian at the College Station Jr. High School, where she served from 1973 to 1990.

They were members of First Baptist Church in College Station, where Gladys was a member of the "Esther" Sunday school class. Her hobbies included playing bridge and reading mysteries.
Her son David, and his wife Amy live in College Station, as well as grandson, John W. McMullen and her other son, Thomas and his wife Denise, live in Coppell, Texas.

Gladys will be remembered as a faithful wife, a loving mother, and the best grandmother in the State of Texas. Amy and Denise know she was a world-class Mother-in-Love, too.

Gladys was totally devoted to her family. She was extremely proud of her grandson, John; and granddaughter, Anne (McMullen) Kelley and husband, Joel Kelley. She was supportive of her grandkids' education, artistic abilities and musical talent.

She is preceded in death by her husband Major Joe K. McMullen, her brother T.D. Lashly, her parents Glennie and T.I. Lashly, and nephew, Phillip McMullen.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Gipson Funeral Home in Lufkin, Texas.

Services are set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at the funeral home with the Rev. Ramiro Castillo, Pastor of Southern Oaks Baptist Church of Bryan officiating. Graveside services will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Lufkin.

The family extends their gratitude to all the staff at the St. Joseph Manor for their caring professionalism, her wonderful neighbors on Leona Street in College Station, Sheletha Darnell, and to everyone who sent her a greeting card. Central Baptist Church, thank you for the great chapel singing that she enjoyed so much.

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