03/30/10 — JAMES E. "HOSS" GARDNER

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Died March 28, 2010

PIKEVILLE -- James "Hoss" Edward Gardner, 81, went to be with his Heavenly Father Sunday night at Kitty Askins Hospice Center surrounded by his family.

A service to celebrate the life of Hoss will be held tonight at 7 at Free Chapel Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, with pastor Mike Williams and pastor Jimmy Forehand officiating. Interment will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Pikeville Cemetery.

A native of Wayne County, he was the son of the late Theodore and Mary Blizzard Gardner.

Hoss, as he was known by his many friends, was a retired farmer and a member of Free Chapel Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church.

For many years he served on the Goldsboro Rescue Squad, and he and his wife, Dorothy, were paper carriers for The Goldsboro News-Argus for 45 years.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Dorothy Thorn Gardner; sons, Carlo Gardner and wife, Sherry, and Joey Gardner and wife, Cathy, of Pikeville; daughter, Tammy Gardner of Goldsboro; sisters, Esther Lancaster and husband, J.R., of Pikeville, Grace Davis and husband, Leslie, of Pikeville, Arlene Gardner of Pikeville, Betty Jean Corbett and husband, Donald, of Goldsboro and Linda Casey and husband, Ben, of Goldsboro; brothers, George Gardner and wife, Carol, of Pikeville and Thedie Gardner and wife, Anna Rose, of Goldsboro; brother-in-law, Jimmy Grantham of Goldsboro; grandchildren, Christy Gardner, Justin Gardner and wife, Natalie, Derek Hill and wife, Brittney, and Kylie Hill; a great-granddaughter, Alysa Craft; and a stepgranddaughter, Ashlee Pearce.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Nina Gardner; his sister, Lou Grantham; and grandson, Brandon Gardner.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534, Alzheimer's Inc., c/o Goldsboro Assisted Living, 2201 Royall Ave., Goldsboro, N.C., 27534, or Free Chapel Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, c/o Gerald Brown, 187 Vance Drive, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534

The family will receive friends tonight following the service in the church fellowship hall, and other times they will be at the residence of Carlo and Sherry Gardner, 425 Hoss Lane in Pikeville.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.


Published in Obituaries on March 30, 2010 1:46 PM