Milton Frank Gardner January 18, 1925 - February 2, 2018

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A Celebration of Life for Milton Franklin Gardner will held at Friendly Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas on Friday, February 9, at 10:00 a.m. , under direction of Jackson’s Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home in Tyler. Visitation will be held at Friendly on Thursday, February 8, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Milton Gardner was born in Swenson, Texas on January 18, 1925 to Effie Mae and Ward Gardner. He was the youngest of three sons. After high school, he served as a Navy pilot for two years during WWII. Milton went to Hardin Simmons University and completed his Master’s Degree in Economics. He taught at Texas Wesleyan College while attending Seminary at Southwestern in Ft. Worth, Texas. Milton pastored at Friendly Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas from 1963-1991, 28 years, as well as served as interim at over 12 churches after retiring from full time pastorate. Milton was preceded in death by his parents, Ward and Effie Mae Gardner and two brothers, Preston and Clifton and a daughter, Debbie Pointer. He is also proceeded in death by his “partner in ministry”, Zell, whom he was married to for 58 years. He is survived by his daughter, Jan LaJoie, her husband, Rod, and son, Taylor of Longview, Texas, his son, Danny Gardner, wife Lea- Bob, and grandsons, Kenneth and Keith of Georgetown, Texas, Daniel and David Pointer of Bullhead, Arizona Visitation will be held from 9 am until 10:45 am Saturday Februray 10, 2018 at GilesMcCoy Funeral Home in Aspermont, Texas. Graveside services will follow at 11:00am February 10, 2018 in the Aspermont Cemetery under the care and direction of GilesMcCoy Funeral Home of Aspermont.

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