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Gary Dean Gardner

June 8, 2018

Gary Dean Gardner, age 66, of Old Beech Mountain, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, June 8th, 2018 at his home.  A native of Avery County, he was a son of the late G. Lee and Grace Laws Gardner.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Lee Gardner and a niece, Mary Grace Gardner.   In 1971, at the age of 20, Gary was the youngest Chief of Police in North Carolina for the Newland Police Department.  Later he was also a Deputy for Burke County Sherriff's Department.  He attended Barber College in Kentucky, he remained there until 1995 and then returned to North Carolina working as a barber in Spruce Pine and then opened his own Barbershop, Gardner's Barbershop in Elk Park.  Gary enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, gardening and spending time with his family.

            Surviving is his loving wife of 15 years, Sharon Crawford Gardner and their son, Rylan Lucas Gardner of the home; daughter, Shannon Gardner Cook and husband, David, of Cranberry; step-daughter, Kayla Knecht Gregg and husband, Tommy, of Hendersonville; grandson, Joshua Cook of Cranberry and  brothers:  Terry Gardner and wife, Della, of Marion and Tim Gardner of Ingalls.  Several in-laws, extended family members, nieces, nephews and special friends, Mike Smith and Kenny Caraway also survive.

            Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 11th in Fall Creek Baptist Church.  Rev. Kevin Arrowood will officiate.  Graveside services will follow in the Crawford Family Cemetery with his brother, Terry Gardner officiating.  The family will receive friends from 4 until 6 p.m. prior to the services at the church.    

            Flowers are appreciated or donations may be made to Fall Creek Baptist Church Building Fund c/o Beth Crawford at 4241 Beech Mountain Road, Elk Park, NC 28622 or Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge at 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.    

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