William Browning King Gladden

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

WILLIAM BROWNING KING GLADDEN, of Eureka Springs, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005, near Eureka Springs at the age of 50. King leaves his wife, Grace, daughter, Crystal and son, Will who celebrate the fact that King has reached his final destination in the arms of our loving Savior.

He was born on Dec. 4, 1954, at Boone County Hospital, Harrison, Ark., a son of the late Dr. Jean C. Gladden and Dee (King) Gladden Mulvihill, and a brother of Delphine Williams, Jane Corrigan, Anne Milburn and the late Peter Gladden.

William King Gladden held a graduate degree in banking from the Southwest School of Banking, Southern Methodist University, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Regis University, Denver. He was the founding Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Community First Bank. Mr. Gladden started his involvement with banking over 23 years ago.

Prior to his employment by the bank, he served as Executive Vice President and as a member of the Board of Directors of First National Bank of Rogers. He also served as Chairman of the First Eureka Springs Bank and First Arvest Bank of Carroll County. Before joining Arvest Bank Group in 1993, Mr. Gladden served the Bank of Eureka Springs for nine years, beginning as Assistant Vice President and serving as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1990-1993.

King was active in many community projects throughout Northwest Arkansas and the state including serving on the Campaign for the 21st Century at the University of Arkansas, the board of NARTI, and the College of Medicine Admissions Committee at the University of Arkansas.

Memorial funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005, at the Fellowship Bible Church of Northwest Arkansas under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Memorial donations may be made to "The Great Investment," Fellowship Bible Church of Northwest Arkansas, 208 East Pleasant Grove Road, Lowell, AR; the Dr. Jean C. Gladden Scholarship Fund, UAMS, 4301 W. Markham, Slot 642, Little Rock, AR 72205; the Carroll County Community Foundation; or the charity of your choice. All memorial contributions may be mailed to or taken to any local Community First Bank. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.nelsonfuneral.com.