Melvin Edward Gardner Sr.

January 20, 1925July 4, 2019

Melvin Edward Gardner Sr., “Mel”, age 94, of Centreville, Maryland passed away on Thursday, July 4, 2019. Devoted husband of over sixty years to the late Evelyn June Gardner. Loving father of Melvin Gardner Jr. and his wife Mary, and Suzy Gardner. Cherished brother of George Gardner and the late Mildred Harding. Beloved grandfather of Angela Holocker and her husband Bryan, and Michael Gardner. Melvin is also survived by his great-grandchildren Zachary Holocker, Kelley Holocker, Maura Gardner, and Michael Gardner. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Gary L. Kaufman Funeral Home at Meadowridge Memorial Park, Inc., 7250 Washington Boulevard, Elkridge, Maryland 21075 (Exit 6 South off Route 100) on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00pm. A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at the Gary L. Kaufman Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 12:00pm with interment to follow at Meadowridge Memorial Park.


  • LATE Evelyn June Gardner, Wife (deceased)
  • Melvin Gardner Jr., Son
  • Suzy Gardner, Daughter
  • Mary Gardner, Daughter-in-law
  • LATE Mildred Harding, Sister
  • George Gardner, Brother
  • Angela Holocker & her husband Bryan, Grandchild
  • Michael Gardner, Grandchild
  • Zachary Holocker, Great Grandchild
  • Kelley Holocker, Great Grandchild
  • Maura Gardner, Great Grandchild
  • Michael Gardner, Great Grandchild


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 9, 2019
  • A Celebration of Life Service Wednesday, July 10, 2019


Melvin Edward Gardner Sr.

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Janis Hawk

July 9, 2019

Melvin and Suzy, please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of your Dad. I have such fond memories of your Mom and Dad . I cherish the memories of your Dad and my Dad playing music as “The Melodiers”. I think of it often. The picture on this site of your Dad playing the guitar is priceless . Our thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Love Cousin Janis Wenck Hawk❤️

Eugene White

July 9, 2019

May God & the caring love & thoughts from family & friends help you to get through your sorrow. May you find rest and comfort in the love & hope of God, and others that surround you. Our prayers are that you feel God's love and comfort as you mourn the loss of your father. Praying for you during this time of loss, GOD BLESS YOU & YOUR FAMILY...Eugene & Shirley

Linda Anderso

July 8, 2019

So sorry for your loss. I know how much you loved your Dad, so hold on the good memories.
Prayers and love...

Angie Holocker

July 8, 2019

There are so many memories my family could share about Grandad. We will miss the corny jokes, which he told up until the very last moment, the music, and the hundreds of "Grandadisms" we will tell for a very long time. Our children were blessed to have their great-grandfather in their lives for as long as they did - what a gift most people do not have. Every time I place a book on the book shelf he built or any of the other beautiful things he has built, I will remember the wonderful things he shared with me and all of the years we spent together. He lead a full life filled with family, love and music. We take great comfort in knowing that he shared his gifts with others as well and that he is finally with the one true love of his life, my grandmother. The family is grateful for all of the memories shared and take comfort in knowing that he touched others lives like he touched ours.

George & Joan Gardner

July 7, 2019

Joan and I both cherish the our daily conversations with my brother as well as playing music and being on the radio with him. Playing baseball, doing carpentry work with him and dad, playing horse shoes and many other rich memories! Mel will be greatly missed. We send our love and çondolences to all the family and we wish we could be with you during this time. See you on the other side brother!

Brenda Jackson

July 7, 2019

This photo is from the last time we visited you in 2016. We had a good time.

Ken and Brenda Jackson

Brenda Gardner Jackson

July 5, 2019

Dear Uncle Mel,
I have so many good memories of you and listening to your wonderful music. The one memory that really sticks out in my mind was when you and Pappy were building houses in my neighborhood. I would go over where you were building and eat lunch with you. Such a special time!

Recently, when we have visited you in Maryland, you always played your beautiful guitar music for us! We also enjoyed talking with you by phone every time we were at my Mom and Dad's (George and Joan Gardner) house. You are so special to all of us! We love you deeply!

Brenda and Ken Jackson

Sharon Harding

July 5, 2019

Uncle Mel. ❤️ You always made me smile and I loved your corny jokes from the time I was a small child. Your music was such an important part of your life that I can’t remember one without the other. Loved listening to you with Mom and Uncle George and hearing Dad tell stories about “Millie and The Potomac Valley Boys.” You had a full and wonderful life and you will be missed. Please give a big hug to Aunt Ebby, Mom, Dad and all the relatives who have gone before. The music in Heaven just got a little sweeter.

Sandi Price

July 5, 2019

Thank you Mr. Mel for all the music and lessons you shared, for our times together laughing, and for your friendship. ‘“Gone Home” will now be an even sadder song. You will be missed. Thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time. Love and thanks, Sandi