Hardie Myrick Gardner, 91, died Wednesday morning, Nov. 27, 2013, at Savannah Square.
Mr. Gardner was a graduate of The Ways Station High School in Richmond Hill, where he met Henry and Clara Ford. Henry Ford later signed Mr. Gardner's diploma. Mr. Gardner spent a summer in Washington, D.C., where he served as a congressional page. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II
, where he was an engineer on the B-17 for the Mighty Eighth. During one mission, he extinguished a cock pit fire, saving both the plane and crew. After the war, he lived in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for three years. There he installed pools and continued upon his return home. He built the pool at the Pembroke Recreation Center and for several private individuals. For 30 years, he served as magistrate judge and notary and was the owner and operator of Gardner's Grocery in Blitchton for more than 35 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Grace E. Gardner.
Survivors include his son, Myrick Gardner of Blitchton; one daughter, Carol Wilson of Blitchton; one sister, Erin Gardner of Florida; two grandchildren, Ryan Kelly and Kristin Mayfield; one step-granddaughter, Betty Joe O'Hare; one great-grandson, Cormac Mayfield; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
The funeral is at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Flanders Morrison Funeral Home Chapel in Pembroke with burial to follow in Olive Branch Cemetery.
Visitation is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Arrangements are by Flanders Morrison Funeral Home of Pembroke, www.flandersmorrisonfuneralhome.com.