Barney Lee Gardner, 61 1951, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. He was born in Lancaster to the late John L. Sr. and Margie Merritt Gardner. Gardner was preceded in death by two brothers, John "Landy" Gardner, Jr. and Jack R. Gardner, his grandparents and numerous extended family members. He lived the last 26 years at The Howell Center on Albemarle Road in Charlotte. He was brought to his sister Jan's home to live a week before Thanksgiving of 2012. Barney brought great joy to the home and to everyone that knew him. Mr. Gardner is survived by two sisters, Jan Garmon and husband, Dickie, and Martha Sheppard; two nieces, his beloved Lynde Garmon, and Holly Montjoy and husband, Craig; four nephews, Tommy Garmon and wife, Debbie, Jamie Garmon and wife, Anne Marie, Jack Sheppard and wife, Lisa, and Scott Sheppard; and his best buddy, John Ward, from The Howell Center. A 7 p.m. service was held Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at Idlewild Baptist Church, conducted by his pastor and friend, the Rev. Keith Whitener. "Barney, you'll always be my precious buddy. I'll always love you, Jan." In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Idlewild Baptist Church, Mission Fund, 12701 Idlewild Road, Matthews, NC 28105 or Shriners Hospital For Children, c/o Oasis Shriners, 604 Doug Mayes Place, Charlotte, NC 28262. Condolences may be offered at www.mcewenminthillchapel.com.