James S. Gardner Sr.

Born on March 27, 1935

EL CAMPO - James Stephen Gardner, Sr., fondly known as "Jim", passed away July 8, 2013 at the age of 78. He was born March 27, 1935 in Grayson County, Tx to the late Admiral Dewey and Lillie Bray Gardner. He was a long time crop duster, and owned Gardner Air Service Inc.
He is survived by his daughters Patricia Ringo and husband Larry of Brazoria, Phyllis Smith and husband Steven of Rock Island, Charlotte McCrary and husband Robert of Cypress, Lynda Chapple of Hewitt, Jamie Hamman and husband Troy of El Campo; sons Jimmy Gardner of El Campo and Dustin Gardner and wife Joann of Del Rio; brothers Tommy Gardner of San Antonio, Jerry Gardner of Wallis and Joe Gardner of Fort Worth; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Shirley Gardner, daughters Janis Cravy and Pamela Darling; brother Bill Gardner; sister Genelle Riley; and son-in-law Johnny Chapple.
Visitation with the family will begin 1:00 pm Friday, July 12, 2013, at Triska Funeral Home. The Memorial Service will follow at 2:00 pm with Rev. Don Rose officiating.
Donations in memory of Jim Gardner may be made to American Cancer Society.
Memories and condolences may be left for the family at www.triskafuneralhome.com.
Triska Funeral Home , El Campo, 979-543-3681.



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