Alan Carl Gardner

January 5, 1951April 25, 2021

High Point, NC

Alan Carl Gardner, 70, formerly of Henderson and Smithfield, passed away Sunday, April 25, 2021 following a brief illness.

Alan was born Smithfield, NC, January 5, 1951, son of the late Fred Gardner, Sr. and Alma Kilpatrick Gardner. He was a graduate of Smithfield High School and Western Carolina University. Alan began his work career with the NC Department of Revenue, and continued to work in the finance and insurance industries for several years. His last career was in pawn broking and he owned and operated multiple stores in eastern North Carolina. Alan was gregarious, lived life to the fullest and spent his last days enjoying his family. He was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Gardner.

Surviving are his son, Kelly Gardner and his wife Paulina; a grandson, Diego Gardner; two brothers, Fred Gardner, Jr.. and his family and Kevin Gardner and his family.

At Alan's request, there will be no formal services held. Memorials may be directed to the charity of the donor's choice.


  • Fred Gardner, Sr. & Alma Kilpatrick Gardner, Parents (deceased)
  • Kelly Gardner & wife Paulina, Son
  • Diego Gardner, Grandson
  • Nancy Gardner, Sister (deceased)
  • Fred Gardner, Jr. & family, Brother
  • Kevin Gardner & family, Brother


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Debbie (Adams) Midgette

May 4, 2021

So very sorry to hear of Alan’s passing. I missed seeing him at our 50th class reunion in 2019! He was such a jovial person & I remember many times when he would make us all laugh during classes, causing some “much-needed disruptions”! He will be missed. Thoughts & prayers to all his family. R.I.P. Friend.

Gloria Flowers Norris

May 2, 2021

I met Alan in first grade. He was someone you never forget. Last saw him at our 30th High School Reunion. We were classmates for 12 years. He always sat behind me and could be so aggravating. Whatever teacher had him had her hands full. I remember in 8th grade he threw an eraser out the second story classroom. Ms Vinson sent him to principals office. Nothing seemed to phase him. I would have been scarred for life to be sent to principals office. I'll always remember his mischievous smile. It was like his brain was working overtime to think of something else he could do to. A part of my life I will never forget. So sad to hear of his passing.

Ted Forbes

May 1, 2021

Alan was a wonderful childhood friend! I have not had any contact with him for many years, but I do have great memories that I cherish. I find an emptiness in not being able to talk about our many escapades growing up in South Smithfield. We were not angels, but we did enjoy our lives! I have never met his family, but I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to each and everyone of you!

Debra Cretini Sanders

April 29, 2021

I’m so sorry for your loss! Alan was one of a kind and I had the honor of attending our Junior Senior Prom with him my junior year of high school! I’ll always remember Alan with a smile on my face, he could always make me laugh! You and your family are in my prayers.
Debra Cretini Sanders

Jimmy Allen

April 29, 2021

My condolences to Alan’s family.

I have no difficulty summoning his face from memory, even though we last saw one another close to twenty years ago. He was in typical form on that occasion, always ready with a pointed comment or observation that assured us all that it was the same Alan Gardner we’d last seen in the 1960s.

His sense of humor was a blessing for those of us who grew up with him, and though our paths diverged decades ago, his laugh is ever present in the memories of his SHS classmates.

Joe Austin

April 29, 2021

Solace and sympathy to Alan’s children, grandson, Freddy, and Kevin. Alan was one of a kind for sure and he will be missed.

Katie Allen

April 28, 2021

Alan was a rare individual. He loved the role of grumpy old man, but underneath his bluster he had a charitable heart and was kind. I know of numerous people he helped over the years. He loved being a father, he adored our son, Kelly. Alan loved Paulina and Diego as well. I am sad that he won't get to see Diego grow up, he will be sorely missed. May you rest in peace...

Angela Loznicka

April 26, 2021

Alan was a man that really loved his family. I cleaned his house for 8 years in Henderson NC. My Daughter worked with Alan at his Pawn Shop and grew to love him because he reminded her a lot of her Papa she lost at 10 years old. Through the years I got to know Alan and his witty since of humor along with his strong, hard working business ethic.
I was blessed enough to spend the past three weeks with Alan before he entered the hospital and got to see why my daughter loved him so much because he really was a lot like my daddy. He loved his family unconditionally and it wasn't many conversations that didn't involve his son Kelly. I called Alan Sunday and got to speak with him before God called him home. "Alan had a short laugh out of nowhere and said do you hear that? I didn't quit understand what he meant at the time but, proceeded very cheerfully that a lot of people really do care about me." He told me he was going to have to go get some rest now. All did I know thinking back how special that conversation would be.
My deepest of thoughts and prayers are with Kelly, Juliana, Diago and Katie. Alan loved you all so very much.