Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dale Cartwright officiating. Interment will follow at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Erath County with Stephenville Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

John was born on March 24, 1933, in Erath County to the late Jesse Franklin and Lois Rebecca Knight Gardner. He married Edia Lou McInroe on Dec. 27, 1955, in Huckabay. John has resided in Rising Star for the last 25 years. He was an Oil and Gas Lease Operator and a member of the Baptist Church. John served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife Lou Gardner; sons, Delton Bell of Waco, Johnny Gardner of Huckabay; sister, Jo Ann Gardner Weems of Meridian; three grandchildren, Sabra Gardner, Payden Gardner, and Scott Black; and several nieces and nephews.

Online condolences may be made at

Published Sept. 12, 2007

Stephenville Empire-Tribune