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On October 13, 1940 a baby boy was born to the parentage of R.C. and Mary B. Gardner. They named him Samuel C. Little did they know he would be so wise.
Sam was raised in Polk County and attended public schools graduating from Dunbar High School in 1958, after graduation Sam began his career in the work field. He retired from Union Pacific Railroad after 35 plus years. After retiring he became a farmer. He lived his life afterwards chilling and he called it doing what he wanted to do. His favorite saying was “It’s been a good day.” Sam loved softball, barbecuing, fishing, joking, and giving good advice, he met no stranger just ask any person anywhere. He always greeted people with a smile and a kind word. If you were sad, after talking with him you had forgotten why you were sad.
Sam accepted Christ at an early age and united with the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. Later he united with the Providence #1 Baptist Church in Leggett, Texas.
On July 23, 1966 Sam married the love of his life Charlene. To this union two sons were born. In 1990 they were blessed with a granddaughter “Jasmine” who became theirs. On July 23, 2021, Sam and Charlene celebrated 55 beautiful years of marriage. On July 28, 2021 the Lord called him home.
Sam was preceded in death by his parents: R.C. and Mary B. Gardner; siblings: Ella Fay Durden, Gary L. Gardner, John E. Gardner, James E. Gardner.
He leaves to cherish his memories: A loving and devoted wife of 55 years: Mrs. Charlene “Judie” Gardner of Livingston, Texas, 2 sons: Sammie Gardner (Billie), Chris Gardner (Sonya) all of Livingston, Texas; 38 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 22 adopted sons, 3 sisters: Mary Gardner of Houston, Texas, Linda Rogers of Arkansas, Francis Jackson (Raleigh) of Humble, Texas, 2 brothers: Clifford Gardner (Gwen) of Casa Grande, Arizona, Maurice Gardner of Cleveland, Texas; daughter-in-law: Tina Crawford; 5 sisters-in-law; 4 brothers-in-law; grandchildren he raised: Jasmine Hinds, Jade Gardner, De’Angelo Crawford, Dameon Youngblood. A host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers: Chris Davis, Curt Johnson, Marvin Robinson, John Henry Miles, Pat Robinson, Robert Briggs.
Honorary Pallbearers: Sherman Gardner, Samuel Gardner, Keith Gardner, Greg Gardner, Joe Jackson Sr., Dave Phillips, Tod Dirden, De’Angelo Crawford.
Betty and I are sadden to hear the passing of Sam Gardner. Sam and I played football for Dunbar High in Livingston, winning the state championship in 1958. He was an excellent football player and a true gentleman.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Marion O. JohnsonClass of 1960
marion johnson Aug 7 2021 12:00 AM
Mr Sam sets the bar. A man of integrity. A man of wisdom,patience,kindness and positivity. A man who adored his family and was a great friend to all. I will miss seeing him, his smile. It was infectious and contagious. Dont know I have ever met a man like Sam Gardner or ever will again, he was truly one in 100 million. Rest in love Mr. Sam you will be truly missed.
Barbara Logan Allen Aug 7 2021 12:00 AM
Our prayers and thoughts to the Gardner family! Providence #1 Youth Dept.
Ashley Bronson Aug 6 2021 12:00 AM
Life brings us many hard challenges, but it's the happy memories that help to pull us through. Thinking of the Sam Gardner family with love, support and sympathy. You are in our prayers and may God give you strength in this time of sorrow.Edd Lewis White and Family, Dunbar 1955
Ed Lewis White Sr. Aug 6 2021 12:00 AM
Praying for comfort and peace for the Gardner Family. God is a very present help in times of trouble.Rest in peace Sir.
Jessie Lyons Price Aug 3 2021 12:00 AM
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