Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Gladys Elizabeth Ferrell

Gladys Elizabeth Ferrell of Albemarle, age 83, passed away peacefully Thursday, November 21, 2019. A graveside service will be held at 3pm on Monday, November 25, 2019 at Bethany United Methodist Church, with Rev. Daniel Cox officiating.

Born January 20, 1936 in Athens, GA, Gladys was the daughter of the late William E. Ferrell and Thelma Davis Ferrell. She was a graduate of Pfeiffer College with a BA in Elementary Education and later received her Master’s Degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Gladys enjoyed a 35 year career, teaching 2nd grade at Aquadale School. She had a great love for God, her country and her cat family. She was an avid reader and traveled to many foreign lands in her books. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sister, Billie Ferrell. She is survived by her many students, her work family at Aquadale School, friends and her special caregivers at Woodhaven Court.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ASPCA.


  • Shelia H Luther Posted November 22, 2019 6:20 pm

    Miss Ferrell was my second grade teacher at Aquadale school 1960-1961 … She was the best teacher of all time…. Miss Ferrell never aged and was beautiful even in her later years… I will never forget her because she never forgot me… When I had been married 25 years she cut the pictures out of the paper and sent them to me… That’s how special she was… Heaven has gained a very special angel…..

  • Terri Leslie Posted November 22, 2019 7:55 pm

    Miss Ferrell was a very special lady she was my 2nd grade teacher, my older brothers & younger sisters she taught our whole family. She was a very close friend to my mother who was also a Teacher Assist.at Aquadale and worked with her for years. She will always be remembered by all the kids who passed through her doors and class room. ❤

  • Cindy B.Almond Posted November 23, 2019 6:08 pm

    Miss Ferrell was a good teacher with a kind and sweet personality who loved teaching. I knew her as I worked at school and my kids were students as well. We had a special “school family “ at Aquadale for many years.
    May she now rest in eternal peace.

  • Angie Bost Posted November 23, 2019 7:46 pm

    Ma. Ferrell was so kind to me and my family. Her Friday spelling tests would be unpopular today but today’s focus on reaching the social-emotional needs of every student – I’d bet she never had to attend a workshop to learn that. She told me I was smart and so I believed I was. Thank you, Ms. Ferrell.

  • Cynthia Collins Posted November 26, 2019 10:04 am

    They say that to teach is to touch a life forever. Ms. Ferrell certainly touched many lives, mo e included. I’ll never forget the cardboard reading house she had in her classroom, how she put stickers on our papers and stapled them to the board, and especially hiw she helped me pick out my first big-kid chapter book. I felt so special that day and she is a big part if the reason that I spent 26 years as a librarian in elementary schools helping kids discover reading the way she helped me.

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