Paul E. Gardner LUBBOCK-Paul E. Gardner, born Sept. 9, 1927, in Hollis, Okla., passed away on Friday, May 30, 2014, at Adam's Place Nursing Home in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, and lifelong member of the Methodist Church. Born to A.J. Gardner and Elizabeth Hudson Gardner, his family moved to Muleshoe, Texas, in 1930, where he grew up. After graduating from Muleshoe H.S. in 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy shortly after the Normandy D-Day invasion. When Japan surrendered in September 1945 he was in the Navy's V-5 pilot training in preparation for the mainland invasion of Japan. While in the process of being discharged to civilian life he was assigned to be a military driver in New York City, serving the Paraguay delegation in what would later become the United Nations. After leaving the service he briefly attended Tarleton State University, turning down appointments to both West Point and Annapolis. He then transferred to McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration. Growing up he picked cotton, worked as a grocery clerk, and worked alongside his parents in the U.S. Postal Service. During and after college he worked as a referee in both basketball and football at the high school and college level. He started his career in the insurance industry as a bond manager for Floyd West & Company in Dallas, Texas. He served as a regional V.P. with Crum and Forster in Philadelphia, Pa., and later as V.P. Eastern Seaboard in New York City, N.Y. After retiring from Crum & Forster he worked as a consultant for Royal Insurance in Charlotte, N.C., as V.P. of Field Operations. He was a member of The West Texas Fieldmen's Association, Downtown Club of Philadelphia, Drug and Chemical Club of New York, The New York Board of Fire Underwriters, and The Casualty and Surety Club of New York. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Helen Holt Gardner; his son, Mark Paul Gardner; and three grandsons, Christopher Holt Gardner, Michael Jeffrey Gardner, and David Paul Gardner. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Don J. Gardner and Max Hudson Gardner. A family memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 21, at Adam's Place, 1927 Memorial Blvd, Murfreesboro, Tenn. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund. Honoring his wishes, his mortal remains are to be cremated and entombed at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Nashville, Tenn.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on June 12, 2014