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Cedar Bluff Baptist Church
Tuesday December 19th, 2017
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Cedar Bluff Baptist Church
Tuesday December 19th, 2017
7:00pm - 8:00pm

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Roselawn Cemetery
Wednesday December 20th, 2017
2:00pm - 3:00pm

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Cleo Lester Gardner

GROSECLOSE, VA. Cleo Lester Gardner, 87, went to be with her Lord on Saturday December 16, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. Cleo was born on December 24, 1929 to the late Wallace and Mae Shupe Lester. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, and love of her life of 64 years, James Clifton Gardner; and her son, James Madison Gardner, II. Along side of her husband James, Cleo had been a faithful member of Cedar Bluff Baptist Church in Atkins, Va. since 1969. They both served their Lord in numerous ways inside as well as outside the church. Cleo had an infectious smile that would brighten your day and she could always find time to lend an ear for anyone in need. She was a huge supporter for children and youth, and a believer in people. She will be missed! Family remaining to cherish Cleo's memory includes her daughters, Teresa McNeil (James) of Marion, Va., Robin Niehoff (Robert) of Groseclose Va.; grandchildren, Jason Gardner (Julie) of Axton, Va., Brian Gardner of Axton, Va., Jeffrey Gardner of Rome Italy, Sarah McNew (Zachary) of Marion Va., Kathryn McNeil of Arlington Va., great-grandchildren Zoey Gardner of Dothan, Al., Elyse Gardner of Axton, Va.; daughter-in-law Carol (Gardner) Zimoski of Martinsville, Va.; and special caregiver, Jennifer Cornett of Marion, Va. The family would like to give special thanks to their Cedar Bluff Baptist Church family for all their love and support. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 7 pm. at Cedar Bluff Baptist Church in Atkins, Va., with Pastor Justin Hall officiating. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 5 pm until the time of service at the church, or any time at the home of Teresa and James McNeil. Graveside services will be conducted on Wednesday December 20, 2017 at 2 pm at Roselawn Cemetery in Princeton W. Va. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.seaverbrown.com. Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory is honored to serve the family of Cleo Lester Gardner.

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Oh Mrs Cleo.. I have always thought so highly of you.. Your and Mr Gardner were some of the most authentic people I came in contact with. Your sweet demeanor, infectious smile, love for the Lord inspired me. The love for Lord that you held in your heart shined through your life. Your two were an inspiration to me. Your legacy will live on for many years to come. I know you two are up in heaven having the most amazing celebration you've ever experienced.. Until we meet again.. much love.. Jennifer Gardner family.. Your in my thoughts and prayers.. God Bless.

Jennifer Hickman (Parnell) Dec 21 2017 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Cleo was such a sweet lady, always a kind word and a sweet smile. Prayers for each of you.

Linda, Bimbo & Cory Blevins Dec 19 2017 12:00 AM

Your mother and father were very special to me when I lived in the Rural Retreat area for 25 years. They were a constant stop on my list several times weekly I can't tell you the wonderful things they did for me and how much they meant to me I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you will take solace in the fact that they were wonderful people and they are together again

Judy Vaught lawrence Dec 19 2017 12:00 AM

Our prayers and thoughts are with your family. Both your parents were very special people to us, as is your whole family. May you find comfort in knowing you will be with them again some day. Love, Gary and ReVonda Byrd Buddy and Christine Catron

ReVonda Byrd Dec 19 2017 12:00 AM

Holding your family in my heart as you all work through this very difficult time. Love to everyone touched by this wonderful lady and her family.

Merilee Fox Dec 19 2017 12:00 AM

I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to this family. Cleo was a very precious lady.

Nedra Britton Dec 19 2017 12:00 AM

Theresa and Robin, I am praying for the Lord's sweet comfort and presence to uphold you in this difficult time. You know that your parents were very special to me. I have so many precious memories of them during my years at Cedar Bluff. They were such wonderful people, faithful to the Lord, and a big encouragement to me. It seems like only a few weeks ago that I visited Cleo after Bro. James went home, and now the Lord has chosen to reunite them in His presence. I believe she has also been reunited with Jimmy. I remlember how difficult it was on your parents when he passed. Just know that Preacher Eddie is asking the Lord to provide all that you need and have asked my church to pray for you as well. One day I will renew acquaintance with them on Heaven's side!

Rev. Eddie Beck Dec 18 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Family, so sorry for your loss, I sure enjoyed visiting with your parents when I came with Ann. I also knew them from waiting in them for many years in Treasurers office. They are now together again and not suffering. Sorry I cant be with you all, Im out of town.

Wanda Owens Dec 18 2017 12:00 AM

Dear family, So hard to believe Cleo is gone. We date back to the days when Kerry and Debbie Blevins were our next door neighbors and we would often come to church at Cedar Bluff with them on Sunday Nights. Debbie directing the choir and just so much fun....wonderful memories! Cleo was also such a avid W.M.U. worker. She was a jewel. We are so sorry to hear of her passing, but know she is in the best hands with our Lord and Savior. We will be thinking of you during the upcoming Christmas Holiday and New Year. It's a hard time, but a rejoicing time as well. May the Lord comfort you during this time. Love, Tom & Lenora Brown

Tom & Lenora Brown Dec 18 2017 12:00 AM

Teresa I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She had a smile that lit up a room, she always made you feel at ease. Heaven has another angel now. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all now and always. May God wrap you in his loving arms. Love, Regina and Tom

Regina Austin Bowman Dec 18 2017 12:00 AM

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