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Gladys Inez (Coleman) Cobb, was born in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. She passed away peacefully on May 24, 2021 in Texas, at the age of 86.
Throughout her full life, Gladys was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother,
sister, aunt and friend.
Gladys attended Stephens Practice School and Sayer Jr. High School and graduated from West
Philadelphia Catholic Girls High School in 1952.
Gladys was raised in the Roman Catholic faith; in her later years, she attended Grandbury
Presbyterian Church in Detroit, MI, pastored by Arthur C. (AC) Canada,
After graduating high school, Gladys followed her passion to travel. She visited most of the
United States and many international destinations, but was always a “Philly Girl” at heart. She
settled in Detroit, MI, where she lived for 46 years. In Michigan, her occupations included
Bookkeeper and Private Detective. She made many friends in Detroit through her numerous
business affiliations which included Amway and Lia Sophia. She retired a member in
good-standing of St. Theresa, Chapter 49 of the Eastern Stars. In Gladys’ later years, she spent
time with her son, James A Clough III and her daughter, Andrea Hunter, traveling between
Texas and North Carolina.
Gladys was an avid sports fan. If there was a football or basketball game on, she was front and
center! She downloaded and completed her March Madness Bracket faithfully each year.
Gladys was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Ferris “Geno” Cobb; her loving
parents, Otis Coleman and Irma Cooper; stepfather, Clinton L. Cooper and brother Otis Hames.
Gladys leaves to mourn, her son James A. Clough lll (Mildred) and her daughter Andrea I.
Hunter; both of Texas; eight grandchildren: Jerry Smith Jr (Audrey) of TX, Don Smith of TX,
Jeffrey A. Jackson of OK, Jason R. Jackson of TX, James A. Clough lV (Ameenagh) of TX,
Chelsey A. Clough (Natasha) of TX, Sidney L. Jackson of GA and Conway J. Hunter Jr
(Whitney) of Spartanburg, SC; three brothers: Otis Coleman (Cherrie) of Los Angeles, CA,
Steven Coleman of Philadelphia, PA and Clinton Cooper of Atlanta, GA; and two sisters: Clintina
Cooper Simms (John) of Fairfield Glade, TN and Cynthia Coleman of Philadelphia, PA.
Gladys leaves a host of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, including Montez Rhodes
and Denise Haire, both of Philadelphia, PA. She leaves a host of very special friends including
James (Jim) Westbrook of Detroit, MI, James (Woody) Woodson of Glassboro, NJ and Sharaya
Wilson of Forney, TX. Gladys also leaves her very loyal companion, Prince Rogers Nelson
Hunter (pet doberman).
Her family honored her wishes to not have a funeral service and to be cremated shortly after her
“His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me”
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