Deacon Aubrey Gene Gardner was born to the late George Edwards Gardner and Maggie Lee Bynum Barnes on January 7, 1951 in Dallas, Texas.
At an early age Aubrey was baptized by Reverend W. M. Wesby and became a lifetime member of Zion Chapel Baptist Church. As a member of Zion Chapel, he served faithfully as a Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School teacher, Bible Class teacher, in the Male Chorus, on the finance committee, and was a member of the Brotherhood where he served as past president. He was an integral part of several church remodeling and building projects. In April 1986, he was ordained a deacon by Reverend L.L. Gardner.
He received his education from John F. Kennedy High School graduating with the Class of 1969. He attended El Centro Community College, Dallas, Texas.
Shortly thereafter, he began working for Dallas Power and Light Company which was later changed to ONCOR. For forty-seven years, he worked faithfully and on April 1, 2017, he retired as Transportation Supervisor.
Inspired by his faith, Deacon Gardner began “studying to show himself approved unto God, a workman that need not be ashamed.” He matriculated at Southern Bible Institute in Dallas, Texas and graduated on May 1, 1994.
Aubrey met and fell in love with Lois Cross and they were united in holy matrimony on October 25, 1986 for a joyful union of thirty three years. Their son Tavares Gardner started the journey with them. To this union two children were born. A baby girl, Kiva Latrice Gardner preceded him in death.
Left to cherish his precious memories are: a loving and caring wife, Lois Cross Gardner; children, Tavares Gardner (Stephanie), Ovilla, Texas and Chelsea Gardner, Hutchins, Texas; goddaughters, Chatonya Tatum, Dallas, Texas and Tiffany Ingram, Forney, Texas; grandchildren, Caleb and Christen Gardner and Chace Tarver. Also cherishing his memory are sisters, Linda Marchell, Lancaster, Texas and Paula Adams (Charlie) Beaumont, Texas; brothers, Bobby Barnes, Lloyd Barnes and Kenneth Barnes, Dallas, Texas, Wilfred Barnes (Marilyn), Glenn Heights, Texas, Harry King, Hutchins, Texas and Emanuel (Cynthia) Bennett, DeSoto, Texas; uncle/Pastor: Reverend L. L. Gardner (Betty Jo), Hutchins, Texas; and special cousin/sister Janis Daniels, Hutchins, Texas and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many good friends.
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