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“Mrs. Gardner, I have been a friend of your brother Larry for a long time. I previously worked at Southern Wayne Country Club for 25 years. I ran...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Eva F. Casey - Seven Springs, NC

“Anna and family - James and I were so sorry to hear of Thedie's passing. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Sorry we...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Carol Lewis

“Anna, I worked with you at Cherry Hosp. many years ago before moving to Cary. I read the News Argus online occasionally, and I was so sorry to...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Kathryn Suggs Ellis - Cary, NC

“our thoughts and prayers are with you. we love you ”
4 of 20 | Posted by: robin pruitt - virginia beach, VA

“Anna, We were so sorry to hear of Thedie's passing. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Bill and...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Edwina Gardner Rains - NC

“Our love and prayers to you and your family. May God give you the peace and comfort at this time. We love and miss you. If you need anything...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Rich,Anita and Hannah Surdzial - NC

“Anna , April, Taylor & Anna, I can't find the words to express how sorry I am . I loved Thedie and will cherish his memory always. He has been like...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Graham Rowe - Lucama, NC - friend

“Anna I worked with Thedie off and on in the soil conservation field over quite a few years. It was always a pleasure to be with him You and your...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Bobby G. Brock - Apex, NC

“Our loss, Heaven's gain! We love you all. ”
9 of 20 | Posted by: Haywood and Mary Kennedy - NC

“I am so sorry to hear about Thedie. I have some very happy memories of him from way back. I always loved being at Aunt Nina's....loved those...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Patsy McCandless Whiting - TN

“Sorry to hear about Thedie death. I have not seen him in many years and fondly remember him as one of the nicest persons I ever met. ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Frank Thigpen - Classmate

“Anna and Family, I'm so sorry about about Thedie. I think of you and your family very often. Cherish the good memories and hold them in your heart...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Emma Pelt Talmadge - New Bern, NC

“YOUR DADDY WAS SUCH A GENTLE MAN WITH A HUGE LOVE OF ISRAEL I COULD SEE BY THE PHOTOS WHAT AN INVOLVED AND LOVING DAD AND GRANDPA HE WAS. REMEMBER...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: CAROLYN BROOKS DALY - OCALA, FL

“A great man from a great family. My father; Herman Croom, passed away a year ago to the day as Thedie. Herman thought highly of Thedie as did I. ”
14 of 20 | Posted by: David Croom - Pikeville, NC

“Anna,, I'm so sorry to hear of Thedie's passing. Our loss is surely Heavens gain. I will be keeping you in my prayers during this extremely...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Debbie Forehand ross - NC

“ANNA AND FAMILY: JUST A NOTE TO LET YOU KNOW WE ARE THINKING OF YOU AT THIS TIME. MAY YOU FEEL GOD'S LOVE AND PRESENCE WITH YOU IN DAYS A AHEAD. ...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Roy and Fern WIlliams - Maryville, TN

“Mr. Thedie will be missed by everyone. He was a friend to all and an inspiration to never give up. Mr. Thedie is now in GOD's loving hands. To the...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Pete and Susan Seawell - NC

“Thedie, your love for life and your family will always be something I will never forget. If God ever made someone that was truly a family man. It ...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Tammy Gardner - Goldsboro, NC

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19 of 20 | Posted by: Melissa

“Sorry to hear about Thedie's passing. Daddy always thought of lot of Thedie. Was glad to see a pictue that I am sure was taken in the Soil...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Becky Lancaster Bratten - Quemado, NM


Thedie C. Gardner, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, passed peacefully into that far better life with his Lord and Savior. His courage during this fight was typical of his strength of character, reflecting his loyalty and dedication to and deep love for his family.

A service to celebrate Thedie's life will be at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 31, 2013 at Stoney Creek Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Gary Bailey officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the church. Interment will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 1, 2013 at Wayne Memorial Park with military honors.

Thedie was born in Wayne County on March 9, 1945 to the late Thedie and Nina Pate Gardner. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. Thedie retired from the North Carolina Soil Conservation Service after 25 years of service.

As a young man, Thedie joined Stoney Creek Free Will Baptist Church and was a member for over 30 years. He was a founding member of Highest Praise Tabernacle in Princeton. Thedie was devoted to his church, served as a deacon, and was involved in many activities where he utilized his gifts and abilities to share the love of God. Above all, he loved spending time with his family and friends, especially his precious granddaughters.

Thedie is survived by his wife of 47 years, Anna Phipps Gardner; daughter, April Mills and Rev. Glenn Mills; granddaughters, Taylor Mills and Anna Mills; sisters, Esther Lancaster and husband J.R., Grace Davis and husband Leslie, Betty Jean Corbett and husband Donald, Arlene Gardner, and Linda Casey and husband Ben; brother, George Gardner and wife Carol; sister-in-law, Dorothy Gardner; and brother-in-law, Jimmy Grantham.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Jason Gardner, sister, Lou Grantham and brother, James "Hoss" Gardner.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be given to Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, NC 27534.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.seymourfuneralhome.