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Dr. Joe Gardner
 
Services set for Gardner

By Billy Davis

Funeral services for Dr. Joe Gardner, who passed away Monday from a heart attack, will be Sunday at 1 p.m. in Batesville. He was 68.

The Sunday service will be held at Batesville Junior High School, with visitation from noon until the service begins. Rev. Zannie Leland will officiate.

A memorial service for Gardner is planned for Saturday at 4 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary, which is in charge of arrangements for both services.

The memorial service Saturday will also include visitation, starting at 10 a.m. until the 4 p.m. service.
Gardner was serving as District 11 state representative when he died at his home, not long after speaking at a legislative breakfast in Senatobia.

He was elected to the legislature in 2007 and chaired the House Ethics Committee.
 
Gardner served as pastor of Greater Concord M.B. Church west of Batesville, and he held a variety of business interests and titles during his lifetime. Among them was teaching school in the North Panola school system and operating a truck-driving school.

Gardner also retired from the Mississippi Army National Guard after serving in the U.S. Army. He was a Vietnam-era veteran. 

He is survived by his wife, Ella Gardner, daughter Chandra Armilla Thompson, two brothers, and a grandchild.

Visitor Comments
 
Submitted By: E Dandridge Submitted: 2/11/2013
He was a good teacher and always a happy man. Mrs. Gardner say he would tell his class of 1997 Dr. Joe is resting in a better place.(as he sing his song)


Submitted By: JAMES AND DOROTHY DUNN Submitted: 2/11/2013
PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE GARDNER FAMILY. MAY GOD'S LOVE COMFORT YOU DURING THIS TIME. YOU HAVE OUR DEEPES SYMPATHY.


Submitted By: Rose Pough Shannonm Submitted: 2/10/2013
To Ella, and the entire family you have my blessings now and always.


Submitted By: mickey poole Submitted: 2/9/2013
HE WAS A GREAT MAN ,AN A GOOD FRIEND....RIP


Submitted By: Henry W. McCamey II Submitted: 2/8/2013
My condolences to the Gardner family and extended family. Mr Gardner and his wife were an integral part of my many trips to the Batesville, area, always full of life, cheer, words of encouragement and laughter. He was truly a great person as an individual, and an avid seeker of higher knowledge. His stimulating conversation and his casual banter was always available just when you needed it. I had not seen him in some years, but he will be sorely missed. My heart goes out to Ella, and a host of nieces and nephews.




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