Henry E. Gardner

November 26, 1926 - April 8, 2013
Henry E. Gardner


Henry E. “Paw Paw” Gardner, 86, of Wilmington passed into his eternal home with his Lord Jesus on Monday April 8, 2013.

Henry was born November 26, 1926 in Angier, NC, and was a graduate of Angier High School. He was a rifleman in the United States Army serving in Japan during WWII where he received the Asiatic Pacific Metal, an American Theater Ribbon and the WWII Victory Medal. After proudly serving his country, he moved to Carolina Beach where he met his loving wife of 65 years, Vivian Fisher Gardner.

Henry retired from International Paper and United Paper Workers International Union. One of Henry’s greatest adventures was on the First Inaugural Flight from Wilmington to Washington, DC in 2010 to honor WWII Veterans. Henry was long time member of Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, having served as Treasurer and Elder.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters and his oldest son, Henry Howard Gardner, Sr.

Henry was loved dearly by his family, surviving are his wife Vivian, daughter Karen Gardner, son Rick Gardner and wife Polly, granddaughters, Melanie Gardner (Tim), Missy Dudzidskia and husband Andrew and Melodye Bridges. Grandsons, Hal Gardner and wife Colleen, and Stephen Gardner. Great-Grandchildren, Lindsey, Riley, and McKenna Gardner. Also surviving are many loving nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be conducted 11:00 AM Friday, April 12, 2013 at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

The family will see friends on Thursday evening from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be directed to Oak Grove Presbyterian Church 3736 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC 28412 or Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation 1406 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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  • April 11, 2013
    Mrs. Jean Keane says:
    I am sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • April 17, 2013
    Wayne Hickox says:
    Dear Vivian and family; I was terribly saddened to hear of Henry's passing. He was a wonderful person and I will surely miss him each Sunday at church, as will all of our church family. My love and sympathy is extended to you and your family. Wayne Hickox

  • April 11, 2013
    Carol & Bill Bordwine says:
    We are sorry for your loss. We pray that God will be with your family during this difficult time. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • April 09, 2013
    Linda lee says:
    My deepest sympathy MIss VIvian to you and your family. May God give you the strength and comfort you all need. Please Call me if I can help you in any way. Much love and care !! Linda. Lee

  • April 09, 2013
    Jenny Money says:
    Melanie, Lindsey and Hal, I am so sorry about your loss. I am praying that you find comfort and peace in the days ahead.