Kenneth T. Gladden Sr.

Kenneth T. Gladden Sr.

On November 20, 2019, Kenneth “Ken” Theodore Gladden, Sr., 94, went to his eternal home in Heaven.  He was born on September 3, 1925 in Great Falls, SC to his parents, William Lonnie Gladden and Minnie McWatters Gladden.  The oldest of six children, Ken graduated from Columbia High School. While in high school, he worked as a ticket agent at the Greyhound Bus Station in downtown Columbia.   During World War II, he served in the Navy from 1943-1946 as a Radioman II Class Petty Officer. After returning from the war, he began working at the bus station full time and attending the University of South Carolina.  During that time, he met his wife of 65 years, Connie.  After their wedding, the couple lived in Great Falls where he was the manager of the Greyhound Bus Station.  They then moved back to Columbia where Ken and Connie both worked at Life of Georgia Insurance.  He was then hired as the district retail manager for Pure Oil Company, which was later known as Union Oil Company. Working with Pure/Union Oil, the family moved to several different locations including Cary, NC; Fayetteville, NC; Macon, GA; and finally, Hemingway, SC. They lived for 15 years in Hemingway raising their four sons.  Ken started his own business, Gladden Oil Company, and opened the Snack Shack downtown.  When the 1979 oil crisis occurred, he accepted a position with Metropolitan Life Insurance as branch manager.  He opened a new office in Myrtle Beach and the family moved there in 1980 with Ken remaining there for the last 39 years.  After many years of employment with Metropolitan Life, he decided to branch off and open an independent life insurance sales office, The Insurance Group, in downtown Myrtle Beach. In 2008, he began working as a field representative for the US Census Health Interview Survey.  He also worked part time at Cane Patch Par 3 and at Jungle Safari Putt-Putt for 18 years until he was 91 years old.  In former years, he served on the Hemingway Town Council and was the emcee of the Bible radio program, “In Times Like These,” on WKYB in Hemingway.  He was also a founding member of the Myrtle Beach Bible Chapel.  He was a born again Christian and believed in the Lord Jesus Christ.  He loved to share the Word with everyone and would often preach the Gospel through his many years in fellowship at Bethany Chapel in Columbia, SC and Bethany Chapel in Conway, SC.  In the most recent years, he had been in fellowship at Myrtle Beach Bible Chapel and Believer’s Bible Chapel.  Ken was a lifelong golfer and he won numerous trophies on the course during his life.  He was also an avid fan of Gamecock athletics. Kenneth was predeceased in death by his parents; his wife, Carnell “Connie” Cribb Gladden; his brothers, Jack Gladden and Osborne Gladden of Columbia, SC; and his sister, Vera Gladden Branham of Columbia, SC. Survivors include his four sons:  Kenneth T. Gladden, Jr. “Ted” and his wife, Sarah, of West Columbia, SC; David A. Gladden and his wife, Sandra, of Fountain Inn, SC;  Mark A. Gladden of Myrtle Beach, SC; and Joel N. Gladden and his wife, Jane, of Myrtle Beach, SC.  Also surviving is his brother, Rev. W.L. Gladden (Vera) of Elgin, SC and sister, Loretta Gladden Joyner (Donald) of Columbia, SC; granddaughters, Melissa Gladden Finch of Columbia, SC and Emma Grace Gladden of Myrtle Beach SC;  grandsons, Will Gladden (Rachel) of Fountain Inn, SC and Wyatt Gladden of Myrtle Beach, SC; step-grandchildren, Louise Monteith (Charles) of North Charleston, SC and Dee Patterson (Ashley) of Greenwater, WA; and two great-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren; and his nieces and nephews.  The family will receive friends from 11:00am until 12:00pm on November 23, 2019 with funeral services following at 12:00pm at McMillan-Small Funeral Home, Myrtle Beach, SC ( with Pastor David Rickert officiating. Burial will follow at Ocean Woods Memorial Cemetery in Myrtle Beach, SC.  The family will accept flowers but a memorial can be made in Ken’s memory in lieu of flowers to Believer’s Bible Chapel, PO Box 131, Longs, SC 29568 or you can donate or purchase a memorial Bible in his name at Gideons International, An online guestbook is available at

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Sherry Johnson
Created On: 11/28/2019 16:31:27

I’m sorry for your families loss! I just found out about this. He worked for me for 18 years at BC. He was a mentor and a friend. We loved to talk Buisness and gamecock football! Praying for your family!

Plumley Family
Lexington, SC
Created On: 11/26/2019 05:24:12

Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Herbert and Jane Gladden
Lexington, South Carolina
Created On: 11/23/2019 18:51:39

Ken was not only a close relative but also an amazing friend and brother in Christ . I will always cherish the times we spent discussing the Scriptures and what Christ meant to us as well as the many times I had the pleasure of playing golf with him. He will be greatly missed.

Bobby and Ashley Gladden
Lexington SC
Created On: 11/22/2019 20:26:31

A great man, that lived a great life. I’m proud to call you my Great Uncle and Brother in Christ. You are loved and will be missed. This isn’t goodbye but see you later. GOD bless!

Debbie Gladden Kelly
Irmo, SC
Created On: 11/22/2019 02:29:27

Rest In Peace Uncle Kenneth. I know you are rejoicing in Heaven with loved ones. God bless and comfort everyone. Such a champ of a fellow!

Laura Gladden Eck
Monetta SC
Created On: 11/21/2019 15:56:29

So Sorry for your Loss Mark and Family.

lexington sc
Created On: 11/21/2019 13:11:48


Brenda Coker
Created On: 11/21/2019 04:47:45

I want to send our sincere sympathy
and our love to all of you!
I felt very Blessed to have a Christian
Uncle like Uncle Ken! I tried to call him
While he was in the assisted living place
off and on and I had to make sure he
Knew I loved him and he would always
tell me he loved me also! He often told
Me about the times he use to call his sister,
my mother Vera how they would have Bible
studies on the phone with her!
God Bless each one of you and remember
We are praying for you and we love all of you
Also! Brenda and Heyward

Keith & Diane Van Ryn
Irmo, SC
Created On: 11/21/2019 03:20:23

To all Ken’s family,
We rejoice that Brother Ken is now with his Lord Jesus Christ. No more broken hips or other physical limitations. To be with Christ which is very far better! We will miss him, but he is very far better. He is SHOUTING Hallelujah, what a Saviour. We will be praying for those left behind. We will be praying for any family members who do know the Lord Jesus as their own Lord and Saviour. Trust Him today.

Shane & Ann-Marie White
Myrtle Beach
Created On: 11/21/2019 02:58:37

We are so sorry for your loss. No matter how old we get losing a parent is a milestone that no one wants. We love you and we're so sorry. You are in our prayers.