September 17, 1937 - September 13, 2019

Services for Gladys Marie Gardner will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Wilson & Knight Funeral Home.

Mrs. Gardner, 81, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at Greenwood Leflore Hospital.

She was born on Sept. 17, 1937, in Sidon to Samuel and Gertrude Thomas Loper. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. Mrs. Gardner was a florist who loved to make floral arrangements for her church and loved taking care of the many flowers in her yard, especially her roses and lilies. She also loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and a sister.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Lee Gardner of Greenwood; a daughter, Denise Gardner of Greenwood; a son, Bud (Nila) Gardner of Greenwood; five grandchildren, Wilson (Holley) Gardner of Starkville, Paul (Forrest Hodge) Brown of Greenwood, Matthew (Mandi) Gardner of Water Valley, Amanda (Justin) Coleman of Madison and Kylie (Ben) Wilkerson of Oxford; and eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. The Rev. Dennis McKay will officiate the services. Pallbearers will be Wilson Gardner, Matthew Gardner, Paul Brown, Forrest Hodge, Justin Coleman and Ben Wilkerson. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Gardner, Howard Gardner and Brendan Pernell. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. An online guestbook may be signed at

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