Charles Ray "Chief" Gardner
1940 - 2020
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Charles Ray "Chief" Gardner

Jackson - Charles Ray "Chief" Gardner, passed away peacefully at home, on November 19, 2020, with his daughter by his side. The oldest of two children, "Chief" was born in Jackson, MS, to Leslie and Lillie Belle Gardner on April 8, 1930. The visitation will be from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., with the service immediately following at Wright and Ferguson, 114 Burney Drive, Flowood, MS 39232. The burial will be at 2 p.m. at Lakewood Memorial Park, 6000 Clinton Blvd., Jackson, MS 39209.

"Chief" is survived by his wife of 56 years, Frances Kilpatrick Gardner, son, Allen McGee Gardner, of Jackson, MS and his daughter, Sarah Gardner Ray, and grand-daughter, Olivia Riley Ray, both of Nashville, TN.

"Chief" is survived by his nephew Baxter (Brenda) Strain, Ben (Tiffany) Strain and Brock Strain of Madison, MS. "Chief" is also survived by the family of his deceased nephew, Warren Strain (Sandra, Tiffany, and Brandon Strain) of Madison, MS.

"Chief" was preceded in death by his parents, sister Ouida Strain, and nephew, Warren Strain, all of Madison, MS.

The family would like to extend special thank you to the nurses of Encompass Hospice and many dear close friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Charles Ray Gardner's memory to the Mustard Seed, Inc. 1085 Luckney Road, Brandon, MS 39047 or to French Camp Academy 1 Fine Place French Camp, MS 39745.

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Published in Clarion Ledger from Nov. 21 to Nov. 22, 2020.
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November 26, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. Randy and I will keep you all in our prayers at this most difficult time. The Mustard Seed family will miss seeing him.
Janet Gerleman
November 24, 2020
Sincerest condolences to the family of Chief. He was a wonderful man, a great mentor and a kind and gentle soul. I worked with him years ago, and he was full of knowledge and was a sweet mentor.
Carolyn Hudson
November 22, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Gardner family. Mr. Gardner was a soft spoken and gentle spirited person and it was always a pleasure to talk with him during Mustard Seed projects/events or visits to the bank. I will keep you all in my prayers during this difficult time.
Kathy Moore
November 22, 2020
In loving memory of a very special cousin who was thoughtful, compassionate, and so dear to our family. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Norma Gardner Russell
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