Dr. Gladys Barns Lawhon

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Celebrating the Life of Dr. Gladys Barns Lawhon

Dr. Gladys Barns Lawhon, a petite blue-eyed beauty, was the first born of eight children. Her parents were Francis Minton Barns, an organist and pianist for First Baptist Church, and Robert M. Barns, the President of Denton County Bank. Gladys passed away from natural causes on Monday, September 23, 2013, at the age of 102 years.

Gladys attended Denton schools and graduated as valedictorian in high school, received a bachelor's and two master's degrees from Texas Woman's University, attended Julliard School of Music, and was the first woman to be awarded a doctorate in piano performance from the University of North Texas.

Dr. Lawhon, an Assistant Professor at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, and at the University of North Texas, taught in the School of Music and was the pianist and creator of original scores for the modern dance students in the UNT Recreation Department. She retired from UNT when she was 66 years of age and taught private students in her home until she was 85. Her last professional piano presentation was when she was 98.

She played bridge at least two days a week and was a three-time Life Master in bridge, winning many tournaments throughout the years. She could be content reading books, attending and leading organizational activities, and watching sports on television.

Gladys is listed in Who's Who in Music, Who's Who in American Women, and Who's Who in America. For many years she served as a judge for the National Guild of Piano Teachers throughout the continental United States and in Hawaii, receiving accolades for her work.

Gladys and Johnny Lawhon II, who predeceased her in death, had one child, John Lawhon III, one grandson, David Collins Lawhon, who lives in Dallas and whose parents are John and Dr. Tommie Collins Montgomery Lawhon. Eleanor Barns, Gladys' youngest sister, lives in Troup, Texas

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her memory to the Lawhon/TCFR Scholarship Fund at UNT, c/o UNT Foundation, 1155 Union Circle, #311250, Denton, Texas 76203.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 p.m., preceded by visitation at 12:30 p.m., on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home, 705 N. Locust, Denton, TX. Online condolences may be left at www.mulkeymasondenton.com

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