Laura Kay Gladden Renfro was born Dec. 23, 1961, in Memphis.
She departed this life on Tuesday, April 17, in Adamsville, at the age of 56 years, 3 months, 25 days.
She was married to David Renfro on Nov. 5, 1982. Laura met David on the side of the road with car trouble in Little Rock, Arkansas, on the way to visit her father in Texas. David was driving an 18-wheeler and she was driving a Ford Pinto.
Laura drove the truck with her husband for more than 15 years, coast-to-coast, running her CB handle – Lady Hard Times. She enjoyed traveling the country. Later, she worked at the Apple Barrel in Adamsville for seven years. Due to health issues Laura had to stop working. Although her health was declining, Laura enjoyed staying home with her children.
Amazing, devoted, giver, loving, immaculate housekeeper, nurturer, strong and humble are a few words that best describe Laura. She was not one to worry over material things, her family and friends were most important to her. She was the glue that bound her family together. Laura loved her husband with everything she had. She was strong, brave and fought hard. She loved her kids and grandkids. Laura was the best friend a person could have.
She is survived by her husband, David Renfro; two daughters, Jennifer Lynn Parker and husband Jr, Candice Michelle Steely and husband PJ; a son, Douglas Renfro and companion Hannah Gagyi, all of Adamsville; her father, Jesse D. Gladden Sr. of Texas; her mother, Patsy Jean Scallion Perry of Morris Chapel; two sisters, Linda Marie Andrews of Memphis, Karen Harkins and husband Jeff of Pennsylvania; half-sister, Jemesia Rutherford of Texas; two brothers, Jesse D. Gladden and wife Jamie of Texas, Bobby Franklin Perry and wife Stephanie of Morris Chapel; three grandchildren: Antonio Marquise Gatlin, Hunter Levi Steely, Logan Edward Steely; cousins, Michael and Sinda Ditto and kids, Belinda Pendley and husband Darren, Pat Leathers and husband Mike, Tony and Lynn Huffman, Cyndi and Gene Goodwin, Barba and Jerry Tamboli; nieces and nephews, Christopher Flores and wife Jennifer and kids, Ricky Flores and kids, Dwight Gladden, Justin Gladden, Ashley Ross, Katelyn Gladden, Caleb Gladden, Crystal Latch and kids, Glen Latch, Chase Self and kids, Tony Perry and Christina Perry, and extended family.
Mrs Renfro was preceded in death by a daughter, Kayce Renee Renfro, born 8/16/83, passed 4/2/15; a grandchild, Traci Lynn Steely, born 4/7/08, passed 4/2/11; stepfather, Edward Eugene Perry of Memphis.
Services were held on Saturday, April 21, at 1 p.m., at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Savannah with Jeff Harkins and Ronnie Sanders officiating. Burial followed in Crump Cemetery at Crump.