W.T. Gardner Jr. a resident of Wylie, passed from this life in Durant, Okla. on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at the age of 80 years, 6 months and 30 days.
He was born to Walter T. and Mary (Scott) Gardner in Bennington, Okla. W.T. married Jo Ann Harris in Durant, Okla. on Monday, Feb. 16, 1953.
W.T. was proud of his Choctaw Indian heritage and a member of the Church of Christ. He served his county in the United States Army. W.T. was the owner/operator of Savage Precision Fabrication, Inc. He enjoyed raising miniature horses and working with his hands in his garden. W.T. had a servant’s heart and was always ready to help anyone in need.
Mr. Gardner is survived by his wife, Jo Ann of the home; daughter, Carol Gardner of Rowlett; son, Scott Gardner of Pampa; granddaughters, Melissa Garza of Rowlett, Laura Alaniz of College Station, Brienna Gardner of Fort Collins, Colo. and Samantha Gardner of Lake Forest, Ill.; grandsons, Austin Alaniz of Richardson, and Calvin Gardner of Littleton, Colo.; five great-grandchildren; brother, Billy Gardner of Bokchito, Okla.; and sister, Roma Lou Jackson of Bokchito, Okla.
Mr. Gardner was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Mary Gardner; brother, Roscoe Gardner; sisters, Leetta Loyd, Kathleen Oram and Vivian Lloyd; brother, R.C. Gardner.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at the Bennington School/Chitwood Center in Bennington, Okla. with Bill Abston officiating. Interment will follow at Old Church Cemetery in Bennington. Serving as pallbearers will be Austin Alaniz, Todd Rolen, Michael Brown, Calvin Gardner, Brian McLain, Brent McLain and Heath McLain. Honorary pallbearers will be James Siegler, Jim Redden, David Craige and Wesley Blackwell.
Family and friends may send online condolences and view tributes at www.holmescoffeymurray.com.
Services are under the direction of Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home, Durant, Okla.