Bill W. Gardner

Bill W. Gardner, 78, passed peacefully into the next life Sunday, June 1, 2014. Graveside Services were held Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Interment was at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Fort Worth. Gardner was born Oct. 20, 1935 in Walnut Springs to Tobe C. and Thelma McCauley Gardner. He spent most of his childhood living at the Meridian State Park where his father was park director. He attended school in Meridian, graduating from Meridian High in 1954. Upon graduating, he enlisted into the US Army proudly serving his country. In 1957 he married the love of his life Beth Holt, a classmate also from Meridian whom he had known since the age of 5. God blessed their marriage of 56 years with three children, 10 grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. Gradnerl moved his family to Burleson in 1962, working and residing in the area until his death. He worked in auto sales most of his adult life. Bill was an avid golfer and was a charter member of the Mountain Valley Country Club in Joshua. He also enjoyed watching Texas Rangers Baseball, and college athletics. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Beth; daughter Patty Gardner Mercer; and brothers T.C. and Charles Gardner of Amarillo. Survivors include his sons, Dan Gardner and wife Christi, Jimmy Gardner and wife Kathleen; grandchildren Toby Gardner, Kimberly Schwalk and husband Brad, Zachary Mercer, Chris Graves and wife Jordan, Kaylon Martin and husband Will, Casey Graves and wife Katie, Kayla Gardner, Emily Chavoya and husband Ethan, Erin Chapman and husband Kobee, Matthew Gardner, seven great-grandchildren, and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Mike and Judy McNeill of Stephenville, and extended family and friends. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the First Baptist Church of Burleson building fund; 317 West Ellison St., Burleson, Tx 76028. Mountain Valley Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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