Gladolia W. Blizzard

Published 3:23 pm Tuesday, January 8, 2019

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away”

– Revelation 21:4

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. — Gladolia Whitehead Blizzard, daughter of the late Mr. Fantroyal and Mrs. Emma Brown Whitehead, was born on Nov. 24, 1926, in Southhampton County, Virginia. She departed this life on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Mattie, Mary, Irene and Bernice; and her brothers, James Walter, Willie Lee and Roy.

Gladolia was reared and educated in Southampton County, and accepted Christ at an early age. She was an incredible, strong and selfless woman who had the ability to see the good in everyone she met.

In September 1946, she married the late Martin Dale Blizzard. To this union there were five children.

In 1954 she moved to New York and made her home in Hempstead, and shortly thereafter Gladolia joined Union Baptist Church, where she served while residing in New York.

Gladolia opened her home to more than 37 foster children over a 43-year period. Nassau County Department of Social Services presented Gladolia with the award for “Family Recognition” in 1986 celebrating her 23 years of devoted service. In November 2005, Gladolia officially closed her home and relocated to Douglasville, Georgia.

She leaves to cherish her memories two sons, Michael Martin Blizzard of Columbus, Georgia; and Mark Dale Blizzard of Douglasville; three daughters, Jacqueline Cole of Locust Grove, Georgia; Gina Blizzard-Waithe (Vincent) of Douglasville; and Patricia Blizzard of Riverdale, Georgia; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Beatrice Bryant of North Babylon, New York; three sisters-in-law; Shirley White of Brooklyn, New York; Doris Lee Rawls and Freddie Atkins of Virginia; dear friend, Mable Waithe of Hempstead, New York; nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.

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Arrangements by Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, Douglasville, GA 30134, 770-942-4246.