William Thomas "Tom" Gardner, Sr.



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.