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Bobby Gardner

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina

Nov 29, 1964 – Oct 20, 2019 (Age 54)


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Alexander Funeral Home - CHARLOTTE Obituary


It matters not how much time I have walked upon my savior’s earth, but that I have touched, been a
part of, or made a difference in someone’s life. My dash allowed me to love and receive love from my
family and friends, grow in leadership and experience Christ in a personal way!! I lived my life according
to the will of God and I left this world in peace!!
Bobby M. Gardner arrived according to God’s plan and destiny November 29, 1964, to Shirley Miller and
Bobby Wade in Kings Mountain NC. He was preceded in death by his father, Bobby Wade, and daughter
Marquita Marla Massey.
Bobby transitioned to his heavenly father in peace Sunday, October 20, 2019, at his home surrounded by
his family.
Bobby was reared in a home that believed in salvation, faith in God and love for the word of God. As a
child he attended Macedonia Baptist Church and had a foundation of knowing what God could do for
those who love him and with that understanding of Jesus Christ, he accepted Christ as his Lord and
Savior. As an adult, in February 1997 he rededicated his life to Christ and joined University Park Baptist
Church, now known as The Park Church under the leadership of Bishop Claude R. Alexander Jr. At the
Park Church, Bobby served as an Armor Bearer to Pastor Alexander, participated in the Men’s Ministry,
Van Ministry and the Security Team. Serving in the church matured Bobby’s spiritual walk with Christ
and provided him with a strong foundation of faith.
Bobby graduated from South Mecklenburg High School in 1983 and was accepted into Johnson C. Smith
University but later transferred to Central Piedmont Community College where he obtained his
certification to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. He later obtained his North Carolina Class B with P
Endorsement/Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) May 1998 and his North Carolina Class A Commercial
Driver’s License (CDL) August 2011 to establish his career in the trucking industry. In 2017 he
successfully completed the required technical examination and task evaluation to be internationally
recognized as a competent Certified Specialist in Fiber Optics Technology (CSFO). The Society for
Technical Excellence took great pride in honoring Bobby a certified Technician and his name was
entered into their permanent database and is available for recognition by officials in the Industry.
Servanthood for Bobby reached beyond the church walls and into each organization he worked for
within the community. Bobby maintained a strong work ethic having worked in various industries from
the medical field with Presbyterian Hospital as an Operation Room Nurse Assistant, a CDL Truck Driver
with Southern Concrete Materials, and Cemex Concrete Company. Having a desire for advancement he
became the Customer Logistics Manager and later a Lead Driver with Ryder. Due to his passion for
helping people, Bobby started working for AT& T in 2016. But even at work, his love for Christ was
demonstrated in that he always made time for those who needed him. Bobby provided a listening ear, a
scripture, and even a prayer. Bobby wasn’t one who participated in gossip, he wanted to put his hours in
and share some laughs. While working at AT& T Bobby joined the Communication Workers of America
3603 Union as the BSW Area Vice President for the local union and fought for the rights of his co-
workers. He actively engaged with the union so that others had the right to fair wages and benefits.
Bobby believed in supporting those who ultimately felt as if they had no voice. Even when his health
began to fail, he was concerned more about others than himself.

To know Bobby is to know his love for football and his undying devotion to his beloved Dallas Cowboys,
and college basketball team UNC Tarheels. Bobby was a true sports enthusiast so, whether his team won
or lost there was no wavering of his support or the normal banter of talking smack. Bottom line, Bobby
loved his teams, but also enjoyed a good game of pool and ping pong.
Bobby also had a love for fashion, and he was meticulous about his attire. Bobby was a sharp dresser
and never stepped out of the house until he was coordinated from head to toe. It was hard to find him
without a hat that accompanied his outfit of choice. Being razor-sharp was important to him, not just
with his clothes, but with his vehicles also. Having a dirty car bothered him to his core, so his attention
to detail launched his detailing business. Anointed Hands Mobile Detailing Business was never a hustle
for him, but an act of loyalty to his many customers. His Business Motto was “Cleaning Beyond the
Natural”. Bobby took great pride in seeing people appreciate the work he performed on their vehicles
and receiving extra tips never hurt his feelings.
When asked what he would like to be remembered for, he replied: “I want people to remember that I
loved the Lord, loved my family, loved serving Pastor Alexander and that I fought until the end.” His
favorite scripture that he recited effortlessly was Jeremiah 17:14 Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;
save me, and I shall be saved: for thou are my praise.
In any conversation with Bobby, you could count on him talking about the Lord, sports, and the love for
his family. Being with his family meant everything to him. When asked to travel to Kings Mountain,
Hickory or anywhere he went with excitement and joy to the many cookouts, birthday celebrations, and
even funerals because it was time spent with family. His family meant the world to him and brought him
great joy.
Bobby, affectionately called “Marlow” by his family, leaves to cherish his rich legacy of love and faith in
God; his beloved Mother Shirley Miller who he affectionately called his “Big Baby” and Stepfather, Randall
“Pop” Miller. His beloved Children, Darius “Dee” Mitchell, Sonya” Tranese” Mitchell, Chloe Wilson,
Bobby “BJ” Gardner II, and Justin Gardner. His Precious Grandchildren, LaMya Mitchell, Kyrie Mitchell,
and Kaiden Mitchell. His Cherished Siblings, Rodney “Carvin” Gardner, Tony Wade, Eric Wade, Chad
Bess, Tracy “Shell” Wade, and Danyeal “Dawnie” Wade. His Close Friends, Tamala Bullard, Terry (Sheila)
Mack, Freda Lester, Jeff (Kristy) Graham, Jeff Dixon, Edwin Smith, and James Newkirk. Bobby also leaves
a host of Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, Relatives and Friends.

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Rest in power my brother..

Rest in heaven Bobby.

Marlow, you have always been my brother. Although I left Charlotte after graduating High School, I cherish the time the fellas and I met at your home to catch up and laugh about the good ol days. I know you are in the best hands now. You will always be remembered in my heart, rest in peace my brother.

As sad as it is that you have left this world I am so very happy that you lived such a meaningful and successful life. Youve experienced many accomplishments on your journey and impacted so many lives along the way.

From our youth at Quail Hollow and later South Meck you were always a great guy and good friend. I got to know good at Quail Hollow in part because of our last names, Gardner and Griffith, and the fact we were seated close to each other in many of the classes. I...

Latonia Torrence

Although I haven't seen Bobby since High School, I remember him as a very kind and humble young man! My condolences to his family and close friends. May God give you peace during this difficult time!


Rest In Heaven Cuz