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Gladys Long Faulconer

Gladys Long Faulconer, 77, of Forest, passed away Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Virginia Baptist Hospital/Centra Hospice Unit in Lynchburg.  She was the wife of the late Howard Leonard Faulconer Jr., her husband of 50 years.  She was a member of Beulah Baptist Church and was retired from Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Inc.

Born in Halifax County on April 6, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Melvin Henry Long and Hattie Lowery Long.  In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Howard G. Long.

She is survived by a daughter, Zane Paige Finley, of Forest; a son, H. Leonard Faulconer III, and his wife, Teresa, of Cary, N.C. ; a grandson, Zachary McNeil Coffey, of Forest; a brother, M.B. “Bill” Long of Lynchburg; and many beloved extended family members and friends.

A strong, self-reliant, true southern woman, Gladys loved cooking and possessed a deep appreciation for all things beautiful:  music, paintings, flowers, décor.  Co-workers, friends and family valued her candor and counseling, and until the very end, she provided for her family as a homemaker and as a devoted mother and grandmother.

A service of remembrance will be conducted at Beulah Baptist Church on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 1 p.m. with Dr. Dennis Hollandsworth, church pastor, officiating.  Interment will follow in Fort Hill Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends and family from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Whitten Timberlake Chapel, and other times at the residence.

The family wishes to express its eternal gratitude to Centra Health and its many affiliates and staff members.  In particular we would like to thank Dr. Cecilia MacCallum for her dedication to our mother, and the nursing and volunteer staff of Centra Hospice for their compassion and exceptional dedication to duty, above and beyond.

Whitten Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Timberlake Chapel, is assisting the family.  

To send condolences, go to www.whittentimberlake.com