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Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home
Friday February 4th, 2022
12:00pm - 2:00pm

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Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home
Friday February 4th, 2022

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Robert Daniel Gardner

ROBERT DANIEL GARDNER,  age 90 of Riceville, Tenn passed away Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, at his home. He was a native of Belmont, North Carolina , resident most of his life of Riceville, Tenn, and a son of the late Rev. George Alexander and Lillie Leona Sparks Gardner He was a member of Woodward Ave. Church of God, where he played the Bass Guitar for the early church service at 10:00 A.M. , Sunday night Service and Wednesday night service. He played for the Keenagers Group as long as his health would permit. He also played Bass for the Gardner Brothers Quartet. He served four years in the U, S. Navy as a 3rd Class Petty Officer during the Korean Conflict. He retired from Bowater Paper Mill in Calhoun after 40 years of service.

He leaves behind to cherish memory his loving wife of 57 years: Ester Eveline Scroggs Gardner of Riceville, Tenn., Two Brothers and Sisters-in-law: Charles and Beatrice Gardner of Athens, Tenn. Kenneth and Burchalene Gardner of Athens, Tenn., Three sisters and brothers-in-law: Lydia and J. C. Kiser of Cleveland, Tenn., Becky and George Shamblin of Calhoun, Tenn., Mary Ruth and Gary Brock of Knoxville, Tenn., He has many extended family members, friends , Two loving and caregivers: Eric Witt and daughter Destin Witt, Two special friends: Bill and Kathy Ingram, Five special nieces: Sherri Jones, Mary Witt, Lisa Davis, Teresa Derrick and Kathy Gowell.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Friday in the Chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with Jerry Stephens officiating, and anyone has comments or something to comfort the family in time of their loss, they are welcome to do so. Entombment will follow in McMinn Memory Gardens.  The family will receive friends from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M. Friday in the funeral home. The family would like to thank the Dr.'s and their staff who took care of Robert during his illness, Dr. Benjamin Scott Coffey, Dr. Lee Radford, Dr. Johnnie Carter and Hospice of Chattanooga. Thank you and may God Bless you all. Condolences may be sent to www.laycockl-hobbs.com/notices/Robert-Gardner Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home, Athens, Tn. in charge of arrangements.

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Sorry to hear of Robert's passing. We grew up together. He was my oldest cousin and best friend ever. My prayers for you and family.

Bobby Dean Huffman Feb 4 2022 12:46 PM

Ms. Ester and Ms. Patsy we here at Dr. Coffey's office are absolutely devastated. We love you all to the depths of our souls and are praying the good Lord comes to comfort you all in the infinite peace he provides. Lord to be able to see what he is seeing right now. We send our love to you all and if there is anything we can do just give us a call!! From Alexis, Lacy, and Dr. Coffey

Lacy Crowder Feb 4 2022 11:31 AM

Ester and family, Sorry I can't be with you today . Love and prayers . 🙏❤️

Ida Wilburn Feb 4 2022 6:30 AM

I have known Bob Gardner most my life. He was a great man a kind gentleman. Awesome musician with a welcoming smile. Prayers for Esteline and family. See you in Heaven Bob.
Love and prayers Tommie and Dianne Hope

Dianne Feb 3 2022 5:12 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert Gardner

Dianne Feb 3 2022 5:08 PM

Praying for you all.

Velma sue Riggs Eaton Feb 3 2022 8:48 AM

So sorry for your loss. I remember him well. Helen Chambers and family

Helen Chambers Feb 3 2022 8:38 AM

Sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely Steve Blankenship.

Steve Blankenship Feb 2 2022 2:56 PM