Dr. E. Claude Gardner, 92, of Henderson, died Sunday, December 31, 2017. He was born January 16, 1925, to O.A. and Edna Gardner.
He began his teaching career in 1948 in the Rosiclare, Illinois public school system and also was a minister at the Rosiclare Church of Christ.
Dr. Gardner is survived his four children, Phyllis (Sam) Hester, Becky (Larry) Cyr, Claudia Goodson (Steve Kubik), and David (Pat) Gardner; grandchildren, Kristen (Jeremy) Hicks, Beth (Julio) Rivas, Adam (Tosha) Cyr, Nick (Cait) Gardner, Bennett Gardner (fiancé Julie), and Madison Gardner; great-grandchildren, Tucker Cyr, Breanne Gardner and Tessa Moore.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 56 years Delorese, and second wife, Glenda Jacobs Gardner, and his brothers, Stanley, Don, and Albert, and sister, Ethel Jordan.
Shackelford Funeral Directors of Henderson, Henderson, TN was in charge of arrangements. Visitation was held from 4:00–9:00 p.m. on Friday, January 5 at the Henderson Church of Christ building and funeral services were held Saturday, January 6 at 2:00 p.m. at Loyd Auditorium on the campus of Freed Hardeman University.
Memorials may be made to the E. Claude and Delorese Gardner Scholarship at Freed Hardeman University.