She was the first Gladys Knight on the airwaves and was referred to as “The Nightingale of the Airways” in this area. She sang with the Jack Staalcup band, as well as Sammy Kaye.
She was the sweetest and funniest lady you would ever have the pleasure of meeting and never had an enemy. Our hearts hurt so badly and the pain is so deep that we can’t seem to stop crying. We love you, Gladys.
Gladys Jean Knight was born on Feb. 27, 1920 in Metropolis, to Hugh Knight and Mary Alice Dyer. She passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at Metropolis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was married to Charles Estes on April 20, 1951, and she had four children: Allan Dale Kuhn, Alice Ann Giessinger, Michael Patrick Estes and Stephen Barry Estes. She has four grandchildren: Jayme Hornback, Julie Sawyers, Mark Howard and Joshua Estes. She also has four great-grandsons.
Along with her parents, Gladys was preceded in death by her son, Michael; her brother, Marvin Knight; and her husband, Charles Estes.
In 1982, Gladys retired from Hartford Insurance in St. Louis, Mo. after over 20 years of service. She was of the Catholic faith.
So now to the audience in Heaven above, without further ado, we’d like to introduce the songstress, Gladys Knight. The stage is yours once again, Gladys Baby! Knock ‘em dead!
Funeral service was held Friday, June 15, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home in Metropolis.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Illinois, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60631.