William Ray Gardner (1933 - 2014)

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Mr. William Ray Gardner, 80, of Lancaster, passed away Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at Springs Memorial Hospital.
He was born Jan. 29, 1933, in Lancaster, a son of the late Rev. Ernest Ray Gardner and Beulah Rollings Gardner.
Mr. Gardner was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a senior master sergeant after 20 years of service, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. Mr. Gardner retired from Springs Industries after more than 20 years of service as an electrician. He was a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Oak Hill Baptist Church, a man of God who loved his church.
A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Gardner is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Lancaster Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Marty Roberts and Charlie Simmons officiating. Burial will be in the Lancaster Memorial Park.
Mr. Gardner is survived by his wife of 61 years, Virginia H. Gardner of Lancaster; a son, Barry Gardner and his wife, Talma, of Lancaster; a daughter, Deb Coates Bledsoe and her husband, Bob, of Monroe; a brother, Bob Gardner and his wife, Linda, of Kershaw; a sister, Jean Faulkenberry and her husband, Frank, of Lancaster; four grandchildren, Michael Gardner, Jenna Womack and her husband, Reid, Mandy Gardner and Brianna Miles; and five great-grandchildren, Jaylen Gardner, Ashton Gardner, Nathan Gardner, Jacob Womack and Anwyn Womack.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Jan. 17, at Lancaster Funeral Home and other times at the home of Barry and Talma Gardner.
Notes to the family may be made at www.lancasterfuneralhome.com.
Lancaster Funeral Home and Cremation Service is serving the family of Mr. Gardner.
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Published in The Lancaster News on Jan. 15, 2014