Gladys Mae Smith

Sunrise: September 4, 1959

Sunset: November 13, 2021

Gladys Mae Smith, age 62, entered eternal rest at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, VA on Saturday, November 13, 2021.

Gladys was born in Norfolk,VA on the 4th it September in 1959 to the late William Cotten and Gladys Pinkins. She grew up in the Norview section of Norfolk, later moving to Colonial Place, where she met her Blair and Maury family.
Gladys was educated in the Norfolk Public Schools system, where she graduated as a Maury Commodore in 1977. She attended Norfolk State University, but later went on to attend Wards Corner Beauty School. She went on to work at Sheer Pleasure Beauty Salon in Park Place for over 20 years, before retiring and doing hair from her home.
She is known for cutting hair, cooking food and cursing you out. If you never had your hair done by her, had her cooking her got cursed out, then you didn’t know Gladys. Her curse outs were always out of love and concern. She never told you what you wanted to hear, she told you what you needed to hear. Although she only had one child, she was a mother to many, having several neighborhood kids.
Gladys never let her disability slow her down, wherever she needed to go, she would get in her chair and roll. She attended every dance, cookout, reunion and funeral of her Maury High classmates.
She is so dearly loved, so sadly missed. She leaves to cherish her one and only child Natasha Smith and her 6 grandchildren, Charles, Trevis, Jayden, Lamoni, Latasha and La’Kyra all of Norfolk, VA. She also leaves to cherish her sister Vera Smith of Norfolk, VA and her brother Vincent Smith (Mary) of Chesapeake, VA; along with a host of nieces and nephews and her Maury High family.
Viewing Monday, November 22, 2021 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service Tuesday, November 23, 2021 1:00pm First United Presbyterian Church 745 E. 29th Street Norfolk, VA 23504 *Masks Required*

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    Sherryl Whitten-Jacobs says

    My sincerest condolences to Gladys’ entire family. May the special memories that you have of Gladys help you through these difficult times. Rest peacefully my Commodores Sista. ❤️😇

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    Samantha Haley says

    Ima really miss you Ms Gladys I remember when I use to spend the night at your house plenty of times back in the days I really enjoyed myself you kelp all of us laughing and didn’t bite your tongue for nobody good ole days sending my condolences to your family you will be truly missed Rest In Peace beautiful Angel❤️😘😘🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

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      Samantha Haley says

      Love Samantha and family❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    LaVerne' Grier Jones says

    Laughing and Joking, this was Gladys and I. Even though she always said I always looked evil we enjoyed each others company. When playing spades with her is when I got cussed out for winning.
    Yes she will be truly missed by so many family and friends.
    Motto: ” Look Out Yal Here Come Gladys”.

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    LaVerne' Grier Jones says

    My Sincere Condolences to Tarsha, Grandchildren and The Smith Family’s
    Love to All

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    Mitchell O Bryson says

    Rest in peace gladys. prayers to the family and God Bless.a friend class of 76 maury

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    Bertha underdue Turner says

    What a great person. She attended our dances at Post 60. She was a great supporter of the American Legion am the Auxiliary. She will be missed. / ALA Unit 60

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    Patricia Nichols- Collins and Family says

    My sincere condolences to the family of Gladys Smith. Rest Easy Queen. You did it your way. Your fellow Maury Commodore. Class of 77.

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    Deana Eugena Robinson says

    Sending My Prayers to the Smith Family🙏🙏🙏

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    Anita Chapman says

    My Prayers and Condolences to the family of Gladys Smith.🙏🏾♥️

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    Rev. Marvette Hines DeCree says

    The St John’s AME Church Family and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Ms. Smith. We pray God will give You All Strength, Comfort and Peace in the days to come. I have fond memories of Natasha and the children worshipping with us. Know that you are a part of our family and we are here for you. Sincerely

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    Natasha Hooker says

    So sorry for your loss. My prayers and condolences to the family 🙏🙏. You and your family are in my prayers. Your mother used to do my hair. I used to call her Aunt Gladys instead of Ms. Gladys. May God be with you and your family. You always in my prayers.

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    Lolita Hanna says

    My fondest memory of Gladys was when she used to live in Oakmont North. She lived next door to my sister, Gail. I remember eating dinner over her house…. Hamburger, Rice and Gravy. We had good times. It was 1970. We had fum times playing in the playpark behind the apartments. To the Smith Family- you have my deepest condolences. Rest Easy, Gladys

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    Pamela Tabb-Boyd says

    Vince I’m praying for you, Glayds’ daughter, and her grandchildren.

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    Tracy Whitaker Hamilton says

    Sorry for your loss, prayers going out to your family, I remember Gladys from attending Maury high school and I lived in Park Place, she was such a sweet person always smiling and loved to have fun, you will be missed my friend, May you Rest In Peace always, God has gained another Angel🙏🏾🙏🏾

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