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James Thomas “Tommy” Gardner

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James Thomas “Tommy” Gardner born January 1, 1929 to Adele & Howard Gardner here in Ruston, La. and died February 13, 2012 in North Richland Hills, Tx. at 2:30 p.m. His loving wife & family surrounding him at Manor Care Nursing Home. There was a short funeral service held this morning at 9:30 a.m. at Mt. Olivette Funeral Chapel in Ft. Worth Texas for Family and friends in the Community where he had resided for the past 19 yrs.

The body will arrive in Ruston for a full Military Honors graveside service at 10 a.m. Friday morning February 17 at the Cooktown cemetery here in Ruston.

Tommy attended Eastland Grammar School and graduated Ruston High School in 1946. Upon his graduation he joined the U.S. Navy where he served 20 exciting years on the Middle Eastern seas during the Korean conflict. He retired in 1966 & came home and worked as a field Superintendent for James R. Colvin Sr. during a housing boom. Then in 1971 he went to work in the Electrical Maintenance Dept. at Louisiana Tech University under Ed. Griffens management. After loosing his only child Johnny Gardner & being widowed after 25 years, God sent him the gift of love and family again in Elizabeth “Liz” Davis from North Richland Hills, Texas. They were married in a small civil ceremony in the home of Bill Sanderson in Choudrant, La. This was one of Bill's last official acts as a Justice of the Peace of Lincoln Parish before becoming the Mayor of Choudrant, La.

James T. Tommy Gardner is survived by his wife of 20 years, one daughter Anna & her husband Phillip Peters, 4 granddaughters and one grandson and 6 great granddaughters.

Burial services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday February 17th with Mt. Olivette Funeral Home of Ft. Worth Texas Directing. Friends are encouraged to make donations to the Cook Church Cemetery in Lieu of flowers.

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