P.Q. Gardner and Sheilla Lampkin

P. Q. Gardner, of Monticello, was cited recently by the Arkansas House of Representatives for his service to his country, state and community. Gardner, an aerial gunner for the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, had 35 missions over Nazi Germany. He is a former member of the Monticello City Council, Drew County Quorum Court, Drew Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, a former school superintendent, and successful businessman.

Gardner is pictured left with State Rep. Sheilla Lampkin who presented him the citation.

He is a former classroom teacher and superintendent at the Drew Central; he founded cable television franchises in Monticello and Warren and built and sold cable systems in Sheridan, White Hall, Redfield, Altheimer and south Pine Bluff; and he owned and operated four radio stations and his own real estate agency, Gardner Realty.

Gardner was named the 2011 Drew County Man of the Year by the Monticello/Drew County Chamber of Commerce after serving more than half a century in the real estate business. He is a 1953 Arkansas A&M graduate and earned a master’s degree from the University of Mississippi before entering business.

Gardner has been active in numerous civic and professional organizations, including the Arkansas State Real Estate Commission, the Southeast Arkansas Concert Association, the Drew County Election Commission, the Drew Memorial Hospital board, and served on both the Monticello City Council, and the Drew County Quorum Court.