James Monroe “Jim” Gardner EMT# 17216

James Monroe “Jim” Gardner age 68 of Hermitage, AR died Monday July 6th at his home. He was born April 26th, 1947 in Bradley County, AR a son of the late John T Gardner and Quinnie Thomason Gardner. He was also preceded in death by a wife Carolyn Carr Gardner whom he married January 7th, 1967 and she died May 20, 2003. daughter Teresa Sutherland, a granddaughter Tamara Gardner, a brother Bryan Gardner and sisters Ruby Tully, Ola Jean Hlavarty and Polly Gardner. He is survived by his wife Deannie Gardner whom he married February 25, 2006. 6 sons, James Robert Gardner and spouse Tanya, Warren, AR; John Gardner and spouse Susan, Melbourne, AR; Michael Gardner and spouse Marsha, Warren, AR; Andrew Gardner and Lorelei, Warren, AR; Dennis Light and spouse Peggy and Danny Light all of Warren, AR. Daughters Regina Lloyd and spouse Kenny, Monticello, AR; Jayce Benson and Mallory Benson both of Hermitage, AR. and Rose Dinn, Monahan’s, TX. A brother Bill Gardner, Hermitage, AR and sisters Myrtle Tillman, Warren, AR and Florence Dickens, Benton, AR. 21 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Jim was born and raised in the Blue Springs Community, near Banks on his family’s farm. He moved to Warren in his later teen years where he played basketball as well. Jim has served Bradley County as an EMT and a Paramedic, which he retired from in 2010 when he was diagnosed with colon cancer. Since his retirement, he still volunteered with EASI as a Paramedic and kept his certification and worked ballgames and public events for the company. He retired from EASI in 2010 as the Supervisor for Bradley County, which at times he supervised numerous counties and employees. He is known by many as being kind and caring and was wonderful at his job. He also worked part-time for Frazer’s Funeral Home since his retirement. He carried many roles throughout his lifetime. He served in Vietnam, where he received injuries that left him hospitalized in Germany for months away from his family. He had many stories to tell and has touched many lives and never met a stranger. Funeral services 2:00pm Thursday, July 9th at First Assembly of God Chruch. Burial in McFarland Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation 6pm till 8pm Wednesday, July 8th at Frazer’s Funeral Home.