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Johnny Lee Gardner Jr.

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Johnny Lee Gardner Jr. Obituary
Gardner Johnny Lee Gardner, Jr., age 78, born September 10, 1938 in Cusseta, GA, passed away May 5, 2017 at his residence in Columbus, OH. After graduating from Cusseta High School in 1958, Johnny worked and resided in Columbus, GA, Pittsburgh, PA, and Syracuse, NY, before settling in Columbus, OH. He was a faithful and active member of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church for over 30 years and retired from Maryhaven where he was last employed as a Lead Case Aide. Preceded in death by his son Lance Gardner, parents Pinkie Mae and Johnny Gardner, Sr., and brothers Herman "Bud", and Acey. Survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Sandra; daughter, Tamara Gardner Wells; son, Channing (Yvonne) Gardner; sisters, Hazel (Curtis) Wilson, Ann (James) Huff, and Maranda Meadows; brothers, Raiford (Carolyn) and Naiford (Vevlyn) Gardner; sister-in-law, Mildred Gardner; grandchildren, Ashley (Foster) Grant, Lance Gardner, Chandler Wells, Alexandria and Erica Gardner; favorite aunts, Queenie Mae King and Equilla King; great grandchildren, Sidney, Simone, Shauna, Sierra, Chandler Jr., Jace, Enrique, and Jeremiah; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends. Celebration of Life 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 428 E. Main St., where his family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until the start of service. Dr. Charles E. Booth, officiating. Interment Glen Rest Memorial Estate. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church Family Life Center. Arrangements entrusted to DIEHL-WHITTAKER FUNERAL SERVICE, 720 E. Long St. To express condolences to the Gardner Family, please visit Johnny's online memory book at www.diehl-whittaker.com/obits

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on May 11, 2017
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