A Time to Be Born Mr. David Henry Gaddy Jr. was born October 27,1929 to David H. Gaddy Sr. and Roxie Ford Gaddy, in Robeson County, N.C. Mr. Gaddy was raised in rural Fairmont with his siblings two brothers and one sister and learned the in’s and out’s of agriculture from his father who owned their family farm. He was educated in the Robeson County School system, and graduated from Rosenwald High School in Fairmont.
A Time To Grow and Learn
The beginning of Mr. Gaddy’s personal family life started with his school bus route. Ms. Landa Baker was a daily passenger who soon became his high school sweetheart, and they were married on August 15, 1954. To this union three children were born, Carolyn, Dennis and Linda. They were married for 66 years.
A Time To Serve Feeling the need to serve his country he enlisted in the United States Army, served two years and received an honorable discharge. Eager to excel and do more with his life he worked in manufacturing plants, he sold life insurance, he also owned a Texaco gas station. His final chapter of employment ended with a career as security personnel, and coming full circle, became a school bus driver for the Robeson County School System a second time.
Mr. Gaddy (June Bug) was a lifetime member of St. Paul A.M.E Church, and he worked diligently, serving for 35 years as Sunday School Superintendent, the Trustee board until he became home bound; he served as Precinct Chair at Gaddy Precinct for 50 years to oversee the duty of counting the votes and reporting that accurate count to the board of elections headquarters. He served the community with the Masonic Lodge until his health no longer allowed him to do so.
A Time to Rest “June Bug” after “93” years held on to his faith until the time of his departure. His spirit and soul peacefully took its last flight on December 9, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Landa, his daughter Carolyn, his brother (J.T.) James Thomas.
A Time to Remember
Left with precious memories are; his son Dennis (Jackie) of Knightdale, NC, a daughter Linda Gaddy Chatmon, of the Atlanta Metro Area, Georgia. Seven grandchildren, Bryon "Terry" Gaddy (Michelle), Justin Gaddy, Michael Chatmon Jr., Jocelyn Chatmon, Ashley Robbins (Jordan), April Lee (Melvin), and Elizabeth Gray; 13 great-grandchildren, Kiara, Lenny, Harvey, Melvin (IV), Justice, Jason, Kyrie, Jordan, Maliyah, Jayda, Jayden, Noah, and Kirden. One sister, Sadie MacEachin, Upper Marlboro, Maryland and one brother, Charles Gaddy of Cincinnati, Ohio, and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
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