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icon Oscar T. Gardner, age 91, passed away at Riverside Hospital, Newport News, VA on January 6, 2014. Born in Lancaster County, South Carolina on May 3, 1922 to Ethyl Peach and Seaborn Gardner, he was predeceased by his parents, brothers Elmer and Troy Gardner, Will and John Hinson, and sister Nell Gardner. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, MaryJane (Janie) Gardner, his son Thomas Gardner (Carolyn), and two younger brothers Ed Gardner (Marian) and Paul Gardner. He was a very special dad to Catherine White (Dennis), Carole Jacoby (Carlene), Jim Jacoby, and Glenda Maye (Scott). Additionally he is survived by nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was the beneficiary of special relationships with Debbie Chapman, Susan Chapman Troup, and Sylvia Chapman. A veteran of World War II, Oscar served aboard the USS Alabama, seeing action in the North Atlantic and throughout the Pacific theater. One of his final duties was serving in the detachment of his ship's company that witnessed the signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender in Tokyo Bay, in September 1945. He was a well-decorated sailor who earned two Bronze Stars and nine Battle Stars. After being honorably discharged from the Navy following the war, Oscar was hired by Colonial Williamsburg's Security and Safety division, where he would serve for 41 years before retiring in 1987. While serving in that capacity he met several U.S. presidents, movie stars, Queen Elizabeth of England, Japanese emperors and other dignitaries. He would often regale his friends and family with stories of working on assignments with people who, no doubt, were also charmed by this wonderful man from South Carolina. To those who knew and loved Oscar, he was a wonderful friend and confidante. And it often seemed that everyone knew Oscar as no one would remain a stranger in his presence for very long. Those he left behind will remember him for his wonderful stories, quick wit and love of NASCAR. We are left with a hole in our hearts. In his final days he was surrounded by family, old friends and his new found friends at Riverside Hospital. As such, the family would like to send a special thank you to the entire staff of Riverside Hospital and especially the Surgical ICU nurses Nancy, Misty, Orlando and Niki, who did so much to make his final days as comfortable as possible. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, January 12 at 2:30 p.m. at Williamsburg Community Chapel; 3899 John Tyler Hwy, Williamsburg. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Oscar's memory to the Williamsburg Community Chapel Memorial Fund or the Salvation Army. Oscar T. Gardner, age 91, passed away at Riverside Hospital, Newport News, VA on January 6, 2014. Born in Lancaster County, South Carolina on May 3, 1922 to Ethyl Peach and Seaborn Gardner, he was predeceased by his parents, brothers Elmer and Troy Gardner, Will and John Hinson, and sister Nell Gardner. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, MaryJane (Janie) Gardner, his son Thomas Gardner (Carolyn), and two younger brothers Ed Gardner (Marian) and Paul Gardner. He was a very special dad to Catherine White (Dennis), Carole Jacoby (Carlene), Jim Jacoby, and Glenda Maye (Scott). Additionally he is survived by nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was the beneficiary of special relationships with Debbie Chapman, Susan Chapman Troup, and Sylvia Chapman. A veteran of World War II, Oscar served aboard the USS Alabama, seeing action in the North Atlantic and throughout the Pacific theater. One of his final duties was serving in the detachment of his ship's company that witnessed the signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender in Tokyo Bay, in September 1945. He was a well-decorated sailor who earned two Bronze Stars and nine Battle Stars. After being honorably discharged from the Navy following the war, Oscar was hired by Colonial Williamsburg's Security and Safety division, where he would serve for 41 years before retiring in 1987. While serving in that capacity he met several U.S. presidents, movie stars, Queen Elizabeth of England, Japanese emperors and other dignitaries. He would often regale his friends and family with stories of working on assignments with people who, no doubt, were also charmed by this wonderful man from South Carolina. To those who knew and loved Oscar, he was a wonderful friend and confidante. And it often seemed that everyone knew Oscar as no one would remain a stranger in his presence for very long. Those he left behind will remember him for his wonderful stories, quick wit and love of NASCAR. We are left with a hole in our hearts. In his final days he was surrounded by family, old friends and his new found friends at Riverside Hospital. As such, the family would like to send a special thank you to the entire staff of Riverside Hospital and especially the Surgical ICU nurses Nancy, Misty, Orlando and Niki, who did so much to make his final days as comfortable as possible. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, January 12 at 2:30 p.m. at Williamsburg Community Chapel; 3899 John Tyler Hwy, Williamsburg. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Oscar's memory to the Williamsburg Community Chapel Memorial Fund or the Salvation Army.
Published in Virginia Gazette from Jan. 8 to Jan. 18, 2014
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