Gladys Berniece Hargis, 91, of Farmington

Gladys Berniece


91, Farmington


Gladys Berniece Hargis, daughter of the late Charles R. Warnol, Sr. and Bertha Bell (Hance) Warnol, was born August 18, 1922 in Franks, Missouri where she attended elementary school.

Gladys continued her education in Dixon where she graduated from high school. After graduation, Gladys furthered her education by attending CMU in Warrensburg and also in Springfield at SMS State University and Drury. She obtained her degree in Education and became an educator.

Gladys began teaching in 1942. During her years as an educator, Gladys taught for 2 years at Pisgah School which was a one room schoolhouse for 1st – 8th grades, Upper Middle Creek School in Phelps County (K-8) where there were 15 students, and in 1955, she began teaching at Hooker School (5th – 8th grades), which was part of the Waynesville R-VI School System at the time. In 1957, she transferred to West Elementary. She became an elementary principal first at West Elementary in 1970 and then Partridge Elementary until her retirement in 1986.

On December 28, 1945, Gladys was united in marriage to James LeRoy Hargis in Dixon, Missouri. They shared over 64 years of marriage together before James preceded her in death on July 21, 2010. Gladys and James were blessed with two children: James “Jimmy” and Phyllis. Jimmy preceded Gladys in death in 1980.

As a young girl, Gladys made an important decision in her life and accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior. She was a member of the Hooker Baptist Church in Hooker and Harmony Baptist Church in Buckhorn for many years before retiring and RV traveling with her husband.  Still, Gladys always attended church. After years of traveling, she joined First Baptist Church in Campbell, Missouri for several years. After moving to Farmington in 2011, she became a member of the Delassus Baptist Church.

In her spare time, Gladys enjoyed working in the yard and her gardens. She loved to read and study her Bible, singing in the church choir, and playing the piano. She was a member of the Eastern Star in Dixon. Most importantly, she loved her family and treasured spending time with them.

Gladys went home to be with her Lord Friday, April 18, 2014 in the Community Manor of Farmington, Missouri having attained the age of 91 years and 8 months. She will be sadly missed by all those that knew and loved her.

Gladys leaves to cherish her memory, her daughter: Phyllis Hargis of Farmington, MO; a granddaughter: Gwen Saunders of Cole Camp, MO; two great-grandsons: Josh and Austin Saunders; her sister: Minnie Patton of Rolla, MO; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, husband and son, Gladys was preceded in death by four siblings: Lucy Warnol, Grace Collier, Charles R. Warnol, Jr. and James O. Warnol.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in the Memorial Chapels and Crematory of Waynesville / St. Robert with Rev. Charley Shrum officiating. Jane and Tom Bates sang “In the Garden” and “Amazing Grace” and Linda and Charla Warnol and Gina Woods sang “Joy Comes in the Morning”. Serving as escorts were Edward Saunders, Josh Saunders, Andy Shelden, Mark Shelden, Roy Shelden and Bob Webb. Serving as honorary escorts were Phyllis Shelden-Benham, Vicki Willis, Craig Warnol and Chad Warnol.

Burial followed in the Waynesville Memorial Park Cemetery of Waynesville, Missouri.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Serenity Hospice and contributions can be mailed to them at P.O. Box 1000, Park Hills, MO 63601 or left at the funeral home. Online condolences can be sent at