Thomas G. Gardin Sr.

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GASTONIA – Mr. Thomas G. Gardin Sr., 80, of 3623 Robinson Circle, Gastonia, passed away Thursday, November 14, 2013 at his home.
He was born March 19, 1933 to the late Berry and Sarah Froneberger Gardin.
He was married to his companion of 42 years, Nancy Bailey Gardin.
He attended Gaston County Schools, receiving his GED in 1992. He was a member of St. Helens Catholic Church since birth.
Mr. Gardin was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, serving as a lector and groundskeeper.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife and mother of 11 of his children, Peggy Seigle Gardin, and 23 siblings.
He is survived by his wife and children: Deborah Oates, Wilma Wilson (Alvin), Thomas Gardin, Jr. (Barbara), Mary Watson (Rev. Larry), Frances Hensley (Rickey), Cynthia Roberts, Tony Gardin (Sandra), Linda Figaro (Fig), Elaine Gardin, Myra Barnette (Trace), Vivian Smith (Ronald), Tina Bailey and Bryan Bailey; 29 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; a goddaughter, Tameka Wallace; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Special thanks to Gaston Hospice and Runa Tolbert, RN.
Funeral services will be 10:30 am, Tues., Nov. 19, 2013 at Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church in Belmont. Burial will follow at St. Helen's Catholic Mission Church in Spencer Mountain, NC.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm, Monday, November 18, 2013 at St. Helen's.
Wright Funeral Home is serving the Gardin family.
Published in Gaston Gazette on Nov. 18, 2013
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