George William Gardner

George William Gardner, 76, of Peachtree Street Ext., Clermont, died Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. He is now walking with Jesus. Born May 3, 1935, in Portland Mills, he was the son of the late George William Johnson and Olive Claire Shaffer. He was a milkman with V.T. Smith Dairy in DuBois for many years and a mechanic with G.S. Fibers-Hickory Springs in Clermont for over 14 years. George was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Conover. He was an avid NASCAR truck series fan. He is survived by his wife of 56 years and faithful caregiver for over 12 years, Etta Carolyn Gardner of the home; two daughters, Vicki Anderson and husband Phil of Taylorsville and Karen Bentley and fiancé Tony of Clermont; two sons, William Gardner of Hickory and Robert Gardner and wife Sandra of Connelly Springs; seven grandchildren, William Gardner, Jr., Carey Rupert and husband Dave, Brandy McCracken and husband Mike, all of Reynoldsville, Shawn Mingus and wife Monica of Granite Falls, Allison Gardner of Connelly Springs, and Kara Bentley and Philip Brewer, both of Claremont; three great-grandchildren, Isaac Rupert, Jacob Rupert and Naliyah Gardner, all of Reynoldsville; and numerous nieces and nephews also survive him. He is preceded in death by three sisters, Bertha Fisher, Virginia Daugherty and Dorothy Bowers; and four brothers, Melvin, Donald, Harry and Dean Gardner .A memorial service will be held on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 at 4 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church along North Broad Street, Ridgway.  Memorials may be made to Concordia Lutheran Church, 216 5th Ave. S.E., Conover, NC 28613.Condolence messages may be sent to The Gardner family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home in Newton.