John Carl Gladys

John Carl Gladys

September 25, 1951 - March 24, 2023

John Carl Gladys

September 25, 1951 - March 24, 2023


John Carl Gladys, 71, of Charleston, WV, died peacefully on Friday, March 24, 2023, surrounded by his family at CAMC-Memorial after a short illness.

John was born in San Diego on September 25, 1951. He served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Always passionate about learning, John was a graduate of Emory University and West Virginia State University.

John enjoyed a lengthy career in medical sales across the tri-state area, through which he developed lifelong friendships.

Always a kind and gentle man, he will be remembered for his selflessness and compassion for helping others.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Eleanor (Lorraine) Gladys, and his sister, Marcine Handsfield.

John is survived by his beloved wife of 41 years, Susan Gladys; his loving children, Amanda Gladys, Jason Gladys (Gina), Jonathan Gladys (Fallon), and grandchildren he adored, Chloe, Damon, Sawyer and Elsie. He is also survived by a brother, Edward Gladys, and sister, Patricia Gladys.

John was afflicted with Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM) in his later years. Despite the hardships this brought to his life, he always managed his struggles bravely and with grace. To bring awareness to myositis, donations in memory of John can be made to The Myositis Association at

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, WV, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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4 responses to John Carl Gladys

  1. A lovely man that will be greatly missed. Thinking of the family for this loss.

  2. Susan: So sad to hear of your great loss. Heartfelt condolences. Lean on Jesus.
    Dr. Arthur Bolz

  3. We thought the world of John. A kind, gentle, and humorous man. So glad to have known John, Susan, and Jonathan when our boys were young. Peace and comfort to those who loved and miss him.

  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I was always glad to run into John when he was in the hospital working. He was a kind person and ao proud of his family.

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