John Bryan "Slim" Gardner
Funeral Date: 9/11/2006

John Bryan “Slim” Gardner, age 69, of Thornton, AR., (formerly of Port Arthur, TX.), died Friday September 8, at John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Administration Hospital in Little Rock, Ark. He was born May 17, 1937, in Bradley County, Ark. a son of the late John T. Gardner and Quinnie Ola Thomason Gardner. He was a bus driver for Continental Trailways Bus Line with 25 plus years of service, a Baptist, served in the U.S. Air Force, a lifelong member V.F.W., American Legion and Eagles. Also, preceding him in death was 2 sisters Ola Jean Hlavaty and Polly Gardner. Survivors are his wife A. Dean Gardner whom he married August of 1987; a son John Edward Gardner Ewins, London, England; a daughter Linda Henry, Thornton, Ark; 2 step sons Kenny Herrington, Houston, Tex. and Joe Herrington, Grove, Tex; 2 step daughters Linda Elam, Grove, Tex. and Diane Wheeler, Houston, Tex; 2 brothers Bill Gardner and Jim Gardner both of Hermitage, Ark; 3 sisters Ruby Tully and Florence Dickens both of Benton, Ark. and Myrtle Tillman , Warren, Ark; 4 grandchildren, 11 step-grandchildren, 1 greatgrandchild, 17 step great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 2:00 p.m. Monday, September 11, Frazer’s Chapel with Rev. W.K. Roach, Jr. officiating. Paige Grider was organist. Burial with military honors was in McFarland Cemetery in Banks, Ark. by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were James Robert Gardner, John William Gardner, Michael Gardner, Andrew Gardner, Bubba Gardner and Hershel Tillman. Honorary pallbearers were A.W. Evans, Jackie Evans, Donnie Evans, James Bradberry and Hervey Evans.