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Wayne Gardner was born on July 18, 1946 to the late Richard L. Gardner, Sr. and Irene B. Gardner in Gaston County, North Carolina.

Wayne transitioned from his earthly home on Saturday; February 6, 2018 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, North Carolina.

Wayne grew up in Mt. Holly, North Carolina and was educated in the Gaston County School System.  He was a member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church in Gastonia, North Carolina, where he was a member of the Hymn Choir and a Greeter.  Wayne was a supervisor at the lumber yard for many years.  He loved people and especially children.  He was a favorite uncle to all his nieces and nephews.  Wayne loved golfing and his favorite football team was the San Francisco 49ers.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings: Roosevelt Gardner, John Gardner, Sylvanus Gardner, Margaret G. McCorkle, Lucille G. Rankin, Richard L. Gardner, Jr., Edith G. Brigman, Kenneth Gardner, Vivian Gardner and Lawrence Gardner and one grandson.

Precious memories shall forever be cherished by his wife of twenty-three years: Carolyn Adams Gardner; two daughters: Angela Gardner and Cassandra Brooks; one son: Spencer J. Gardner; thirteen grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; siblings: Vertie McCorkle of Mt. Holly, Yvonne Rozzelle of Stanley, Shirley Friday (Carlyle) of Dallas and Troy Gardner (Queen) of Mt. Holly and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral: Saturday; February 10, 2018; 2:00 p.m.; Springfield Memorial Baptist Church-2920 Dallas Stanley Highway, Stanley

Visitation: one hour before the service at the church



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  • Thursday, February 08, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Gregory Funeral Service
  • Friday, February 09, 2018
    Dear Cal, John 14:1-3, I will continue to keep you in my prayers.
    ~ Joy "Nita" Henderson Walker   Charlotte, NC
  • Saturday, February 17, 2018
    Truly sorry for your loss. Death is never an easy thing to have to deal with, it is a pain that can linger on for a very long time. God's word the bible provides us with comfort and hope in times such as these. Revelation 21:4 says that God will wipe every tear from our eyes and death and pain will be no more, this is especially comforting since we know this scripture has to be referring to the earth because these things don't exist in heaven. Please take a moment and go to for answers to any questions you may have.
    ~ Lisa L