Cape Carteret- William Thomas “Tom” Gardner, Sr., 87, passed away peacefully at Harborview nursing Facility with his family by his side on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. He was born December 13, 1930 in Halifax, NC son of the late, George Walter and Blanche Lee Neathery Gardner.
A memorial service will be held Monday February 19, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Jones Funeral Home of Swansboro with Masonic Rites. Doug Johndrow will be officiating the service.
Tom faithfully served his country in the US Air Force and then began a career with Carolina Telephone from which he retired as a supervisor after 40 years of service. After his retirement he still worked for 9 years with the Onslow County ABC Board. He was also a Past Master of the Seaside Masonic Lodge in Swansboro. He never met a stranger and everyone he met became a friend.
He is survived by wife, Margaret Drott Gardner of the home; daughter, Jane Elizabeth Smith of Cape Carteret; son William Thomas Gardner, Jr. of San Antonio, TX; grandchildren, Brian Dunahoo of Canada and Christopher Alan Gardner of El Paso, TX; great grandson, Tyler Gardner of El Paso, TX; sister, Annie Williams of Ahoskie; and brother, Julian Gardner of Weldon.
He was preceded in death by four sisters and one brother.
Jones Funeral Home - Swansboro
Monday February 19th, 2018
407 Hammocks Road
Swansboro, NC 28584
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Dearest Margaret, Jane and family. What a great man we have lost. Sorry we couldn't make the service. I was waiting to hear when it was as Becky and Missy wanted to attend for us. You all are in our prayers. Take care of each other.Xxoo.
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May you Rest In Peace Tom. You and Margeret treated me like a daughter and I will always cherish the good memories You were a great man and father and will be so terribly missed. I love you.
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I met Tom and his wife Margaret back in the early 90's when their daughter Jane worked for us. Both him and Margaret were always friendly, laughing and just good people. Tom was a good guy and he will always be remembered...Sending prayers to the family..
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