Shirley Harris Gardner

Published 10:55 am Monday, September 21, 2015

Shirley Harris Gardner

September 19, 2015

Shirley Harris Gardner, 67, of Bainbridge, passed away Saturday, September 19, 2015 at her residence.

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The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, September 21, 2015 at First Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Medley officiating. Interment will be at Oak City Cemetery with Perry Clements, John Mitchell, Lindsay Gay, Keith Pollock, Harrison Gardner and Chance Singleton serving as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Joy Sunday School Class.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Online visitors may sign the guest register at Memorial donations may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 432 East Shotwell Street, Bainbridge, GA 39819 or First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 155, Bainbridge, GA 39818.

Mrs. Gardner was born June 6, 1948 in Marianna, Fla., the daughter of Donald D. Harris and Lillian Williams Harris. She was a graduate of Marianna High School and received her business degree from Valdosta State University. Mrs. Gardner worked as an office manager for over 20 years with Charles Rozier & Associates. A member of First Baptist Church, she enjoyed Sunday school and her bible study classes. Mrs. Gardner loved to read and visit with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Robert “Bob” Gardner of Bainbridge; her children, Robert Michael Gardner, Jr. and his wife, Nina, of Winder, Ga. and Elizabeth Gardner Stoeckel and her husband, Colin, of Fayetteville, NC; her siblings, Sandra Atkinson of Chipley, Fla.. and Mike Harris and his wife, Patricia, of Marianna, Fla.; and her grandchildren, Natalie, Harrison, Bella, Sophia, Logan, Sarah, Corra and Emerie.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Donnie Harris.