Mr. George S. Gardner

Published 2:46 pm Friday, December 24, 2010

By Staff
Mr. George S. Gardner, age 85, a lifetime resident of Washington, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, at Beaufort County Medical Center.
A funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, at the First United Methodist Church. Reverend Danny Allen will officiate. The burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery. Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers and Tunney Nunnalee, Dr. Zeno Edwards, Harvey Dixon and Edmund Buckman, Jr. will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Mr. Gardner was born in Beaufort County on Sept. 28, 1925, son of Claud and Juanita Gardner. He was a graduate of Washington High School and proudly served during World War II where he earned a Purple Heart. After the war, he returned to Washington and was the owner of C.O. Tankard Company until his retirement. He was a past president of the North Carolina Beer Wholesalers Association and served on the Washington City Council. Mr. Gardner was a member of the Washington Yacht and Country Club where he was an avid golfer for many years. He was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church where he attended the Frank E. Ruble Sunday School Class.
Mr. Gardner is predeceased by his daughter, Claudia Parvin, and by his first wife, the former Edna Earl Nichols, both of Washington.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Ruth A. Gardner, and his sisters, Frances Gardner Snyder and Jane Gardner Hodges, both of Washington; his children, Margaret Brewbaker and husband, Doug, of New Bern, N.C.; Georgia Anne Atkins and husband, Tom, of Washington; Adele Gardner of Raleigh; Ann VanDyke and husband, Mike, of Charlotte, N.C. and son, Joseph H. Pridgen and wife, Nancy, of Glen Allen, Va.
Mr. Gardner, “Pop Daddy” was also the proud grandfather of 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday at the church with the service to begin at 2:30 and other times at the home located at 506 Northwood Road, Washington.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, New Horizon Building Fund, P.O. Box 715, Washington, NC, 27889 or memorial of choice.
Condolences may be offered the family by visiting
Paul Funeral Home of Washington is honored to serve the Gardner Family.
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