Archive for Sunday, June 13, 2004

James E. Gardner

June 13, 2004


Mass of Christian Burial for James E. Gardner, 88, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph of the Hills Catholic Church in Eden, N.C. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Eden.

Mr. Gardner died Friday, June 11, 2004, at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor.

He was born Aug. 28, 1915, in Jeannette, Pa., the son of Grover C. "Dode" and Annie Barnes Gardner.

Mr. Gardner served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He attended St. Vincent College in Pennsylvania from 1933 to 1935. He earned a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in English from the University of Michigan. He studied for two years at the University of Maryland, where he earned a master's degree in psychology in 1947.

From 1938 to 1941, Mr. Gardner worked as a sports editor and news reporter for the Jeannette News Dispatch in Pennsylvania. He was the corporate training director for Fieldcrest Mills from 1947 to 1978 in Eden before he retired.

After retiring, Mr. Gardner published six books on industrial and supervisory training.

He moved from Eden to Lawrence in March 2000.

Mr. Gardner was a member of St. Joseph of the Hills Catholic Church in Eden and St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence.

He married Dorothy Newburgh on Dec. 27, 1941, in Greensburg, Pa. She died March 19, 1990.

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Dwyer, Eden, and Mary Burg, Lawrence; two sons, Ned, Apex, N.C., and John, Charleston, Ill.; a sister, Arlene Bower, Powell, Ohio; and two grandsons.

A rosary service will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fair Funeral Home in Eden, where family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The family suggests memorials to the Good Samaritan Fund at the Lawrence Presbyterian Manor, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

E-mail condolences may be sent to, subject: Gardner.

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