Marion Lee Gardner

Monday, April 4, 2016

Marion Lee Gardner, 101, of Rector, passed from this life to be with his Lord and Savior on March 31, 2016, at his residence. Marion was born on January 14, 1915, in Rector, to the late Charlie Paul and Mildred (Dudley) Gardner. He was a member of the Rector First General Baptist Church where he attended faithfully until his health began to fail.

Mr. Gardner was preceded in death by his first wife, Sarah Pauline Gardner; his son, Larry Gardner; one brother, Glen Roberts Gardner and two sisters, Phyllis Marie Jackson and Mary Margaret Hipperson.

He is survived by his loving wife, Melvie Dean (Wynn) Gardner of the home; one son, Jerry Lee Gardner and Alberta of Michigan; one daughter, Paula Jean Morone and Jack of Arlington, Tex.; one brother, Willis Wayne Gardner of Michigan; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Gardner; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren along with a host of other relatives and special friends.

Visitation was held on Sunday April 3, at the Irby Funeral Home Chapel in Rector. Funeral services were held on Monday April 4, at the Rector First General Baptist Church with Bro. Marston Carpenter officiating. Interment followed at Woodland Heights Cemetery in Rector.

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