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Cedar Bluff Baptist Church
Wednesday July 19th, 2017
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Cedar Bluff Baptist Church
Wednesday July 19th, 2017
7:00pm - 8:00pm

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Roselawn Cemetery
Thursday July 20th, 2017
2:00pm - 3:00pm

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James Clifton Gardner


James Clifton Gardner, 88, went to be with his Lord on Sunday July 16, 2017 at his residence.

James was born on December 20, 1928 to the late James Madison Gardner and Bertha Clair Flippin Gardner.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son James Madison Gardner II.

James served his Lord as an ordained deacon for many years. He has been a faithful member and deacon of Cedar Bluff Baptist Church since 1969. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all that knew him and will be missed.

James is survived by his wife of 64 years, Cleo Gardner; daughter, Teresa McNeil (James) of Marion, Va., Robin Niehoff (Robert) of Groseclose Va.; grandchildren, Jason Gardner (Julie) of Axton, Va., Brian Gardner of Axton, Va., Jeffery 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.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 7 pm. at Cedar Bluff Baptist Church in Atkins, Va., with Pastor Justin Hall officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 5 pm until the time of service at the church. Graveside services will be conducted on Thursday July 20, 2017 at 2 pm at Roselawn Cemetery in Princeton W. Va. where military rites will be conducted.

The family would like to give special thanks to Hospice of Southwest Va. of Wytheville for their loving care.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.seaverbrown.com. Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory is honored to serve the Gardner Family.

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I am sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Brian Goodman Jul 22 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Cleo and family, We are saddened to learn of Clifton's passing. Everyone loved him so much and he'll surely be missed. May our Lord hold you ever so close, give you comfort, strength, and peace always and especially during this difficult time of grieving. .............................. With deepest sympathy and love, Shirl, Jay, Brad, Bonnie, and Sue... also JB.

Dr. Shirley S. Johnson-Turpin Jul 18 2017 12:00 AM

It's hard not to feel the sadness, but Joy sings from the inside the soul knowing that Clifton is enjoying all the wonders of heaven. He's seeing other family members long ago gone-passed too soon. Imagine being bathed in the light from our Savior's face, feeling the incomparable peace of being free from worldly constraints, and the joy of knowing in a short time we will be with them again.

Carol Gardner Zimoski Jul 18 2017 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We are so sorry for your loss.

Linda and Bill Schermer Jul 18 2017 12:00 AM

Cleo and Family, I am so sorry for your loss, but I know Clifton is rejoicing with our Heavenly Father. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. Love and prayers for all of you! Sue Shupe

Sue Shupe Jul 18 2017 12:00 AM

Teresa, Sending love and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. I am so sorry. Sherry Greer

Sherry Greer Jul 17 2017 12:00 AM

Teresa and family, So sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Tammy Jones Jul 17 2017 12:00 AM

Prayers for your family. James was a wonderful neighbor and a faithful man. He will be greatly missed by all. God Bless

John Moore Jul 17 2017 12:00 AM

One of the most gentle, caring, Godly men that I have known. Only knew him since 2008, but forever touched by the character and love that he showed to all.

Joe Butler Jul 17 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Gardner

Joe Butler Jul 17 2017 12:00 AM

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