Lewis Gardner, 71, of Hot Springs, formerly of Monticello, passed away on December 22, 2015 at National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs.
Born December 8, 1944 in Waycross, Georgia, he was the son of the late Lewis Martin Gardner and Wanda McClain Gardner.
Survivors include wife, Rhonda Gardner; two sons Charles Wayne Gardner and wife Annette Gardner of Hot Springs and Lewis Ray Gardner and wife Lora Smith-Gardner of Hot Springs; three grandsons: Joey Gardner of Hot Springs, Jordan Gardner of Hot Springs and Dalton Gardner of Ft. Smith; two granddaughters, Jessica Kelliher and husband Jacob Kelliher of Russellville and Jennifer Gardner of Hot Springs; one great-granddaughter Emma Gardner of Hot Springs; two brothers: Larry Gardner and wife Teddy of Arkadelphia and Alan Lane Gardner and wife Jacqueline of Warner Robins, Georgia; a special life-long friend, Roger Groce; private nurse and friend, Lisa Lafoon; and many nephews, nieces and friends.
He was an active member of Mountain Pine First Assembly of God Church and loved singing and playing his guitar.
He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 until 1965 and was stationed in Germany. He was the founder of Crackerbox Food Stores, Gardner Oil Company and Screaming Eagle Transport. Most importantly, he was a child of the King.
Funeral Services will be 1:00 P.M. Monday, December 28, 2015 at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Chapel in Monticello. Burial with full military honors will be in Oakland Cemetery. Family visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Sunday evening at the funeral home.