OBITUARY

Tommy Wade Gardner Jr.

August 2, 1958March 10, 2019
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Mr. Tommy Wade Gardner, Jr., 60, resident of Whitsett, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital. Tommy was born on August 2, 1958 in Williamston, NC, a son to Tommy Wade Gardner, Sr. and Peggy O'Neill Long Gardner. He was a 1976 graduate of Williamston High School, where he had a stellar baseball career. Tommy attended East Carolina University, where he met the love of his life, Emily Bedsole Gardner. While at ECU, Tommy was known as "The Southeast Giant", where he was a DJ at Chapter 10. He later enrolled at ECPI University and went on to work at Century Data Systems. Tommy also served in the North Carolina National Guard. In 2002, Tommy, along with Wayne Williams and Bart Collins, founded Macro Integrations Services, where he served as Owner/Vice-President of Operations. Most of all, Tommy enjoyed playing golf, listening to music, spending time with his family, sitting in his chair with his beloved dog, "Maxx", traveling, baseball, Civil War History, and was an avid UNC Tarheel fan. Tommy's quiet generosity of his time and resources benefited many. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Pearlie Albert Gardner, Lydia Wilson Gardner, Willie McCoy Long and Swannie Wynne Long. Surviving are his loving wife of over 36 years, Emily Bedsole Gardner of the home; two sons, Tommy Wade "Tripp" Gardner III of Gibsonville, NC and Tanner Allen Gardner of the home; his father, Tommy Wade Gardner, Sr. and wife Shirley of Williamston, NC; three brothers, Timothy O'Neal Gardner of Tega Cay, SC, Terry Allen Gardner and wife Rachel of Washington, NC, Toby Lane Gardner and wife Kim of Macclesfield, NC; sister-in-law, Sally Bedsole of White Lake, NC; aunt, Cathy Long Warren and Edward of Williamston, NC; and numerous loving nieces and nephews. A celebration of Tommy's life will be held at 1 pm Wednesday, March 13 in the chapel of Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home, Sedgefield, with Rev. Ray Whittington officiating. Burial will follow in Guilford Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends immediately following the committal service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Tommy's family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Moses H. Cone, Select Specialty Hospital, and Guilford Health Care Center for the compassionate care provided to Tommy and his family. Online condolences may be made at www.HanesLineberryFHSedgefield.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Pearlie Albert Gardner, Grandfather
  • Lydia Wilson Gardner, Grandmother
  • Willie McCoy Long, Grandfather
  • Swannie Wynne Long, Grandmother
  • Tommy Wade Gardner, Sr., Father
  • Peggy O'Neill Long Gardner, Mother
  • Shirley Gardner, Step-Mother
  • Emily Bedsole Gardner, Wife
  • Tommy Wade "Tripp" Gardner III, Son
  • Tanner Allen Gardner, Son
  • Timothy O'Neal Gardner, Brother
  • Terry Allen Gardner, Brother
  • Rachel Gardner, Sister-in-law
  • Toby Lane Gardner, Brother
  • Kim Gardner, Sister-in-law
  • Sally Bedsole, Sister-in-law
  • Cathy Long Warren, Aunt
  • Edward Warren, Uncle
  • Mr. Gardner also leaves numerous loving nieces and nephews to cherish his memory.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Ben Hardy
  • John Hardy
  • Alex Reaves
  • Garrison Holt
  • Justin O'Ferrell
  • Aaron Loudermilk

Services

  • Celebration of Tommy's Life Wednesday, March 13, 2019
  • Gathering of Family and Friends Following the Committal Service Wednesday, March 13, 2019
REMEMBERING

Tommy Wade Gardner Jr.

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Penny Hensley -Nouveau Salon

March 14, 2019

Emily, Tripp and Tanner, my deepest condolences go out to all of you. I have cut Tommy's hair for the past 30 years and I am heartbroken at the news of his passing. He always had the most wonderful things to say about all of you. I will always remember Tommy and miss him. May God bless all of you during this difficult time and into the future.

Debby Alston

March 13, 2019

Emily, Tripp, Tanner and all the Gardners,
We are so sorry for your loss. We know Tommy has left a big hole in many lives. The Gardner family has always been so good to the Koesys, and we know Mike and Tommy remained close friends all these years, even though we all moved away from Williamston. Tommy was blessed to have you all by his side all these months. Our prayers are with you all. With love in Jesus, Debby (Koesy) Alston for all the Koesys

Dade Sherman

March 13, 2019

It was a sad reading of Tommy's death but it rekindled wonderful thoughts of the "Chapter Ten" with Steve Hardy (Original Beach Party) and him spinning great songs. Those were "TRULY GREAT AND WONDERFUL DAYS I.E. YEARS" in Greenville and at ECU. He helped to make them enjoyable and fun!!! From the bottom of my heart I thank him for those days and years!!! He will never be forgotten and he was thought of fondly by many and enjoyed by many!!! God bless your family and HIM!!!!

Keith Lee

March 13, 2019

So sorry to hear of Tommy's passing. Our prayers and thoughts go out to the family. We grew up in the same small town and were in the same high school graduating class.

Kelly Revels

March 13, 2019

I am so, so sorry for your loss of Tommy. I know that your lives will never be the same. You all have been through more in the past few months than a lot of families will ever endure. Tommy fought hard; stubbornness is good sometimes! My family and I sure will miss him. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you every day, and we are always here for you all. We love you.

richard CRICKET keel

March 12, 2019

I am sorry to hear this i am a fellow NCNG VET and father Wade is one of my fellow Vets and friends I am thinking now as i write that Tommy and SSGT Earnest are sitting in heaven watching over us right now MANY BLESSINGS TO ALL HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS OOH AH TO YOU TOMMY

Kim Norman Shope

March 12, 2019

So very sorry to learn of Tommy’s passing. Growing up in a small town we all knew each other through school, church or neighborhood. Tommy was always involved and well thought of so it comes as no surprise that he continued to stay involved throughout his life. As a close childhood friend recently stated “he was a solid friend”. What a legacy to leave behind. May your friends, family & The Lord wrap their arms of comfort & peace around each of you. Bless 🙏

Tammy Savage

March 12, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with Tommy's family and friends. Although I have not seen Tommy in many years, I have fond memories of working in tobacco with him when we were in high school. We worked hard, played and fought all summer... fun times! Tammy

Judy Twine

March 12, 2019

My loving memories are all the ball games we shared with you and Emily and those precious two handsome sons. We were all blessed to share with you and your family. May God bless and sustain all your family and your beloved friends left behind. Our love and prayers to all of you.
Judy Twine

Randy Apple

March 11, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. Randy and Edith Apple

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