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Charles Sammy Gardner

Published 9:55 am Wednesday 28 September 2022

Charles Sammy Gardner, 72, of Bainbridge, Georgia, died on Wednesday September 21, 2022.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 25, 2022 at the Bryant Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by Pastor Corey McMickle. Burial will be in Cool Springs Cemetery with Landon Faulkner, Ladon Gardner, Van Smith, Jason Murray, Stuart Suber, Dale Murray, Doyle Womack, Todd Hand and Doug Ray as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends at the Bryant Funeral Home on Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Online visitors can sign up for the guest registry at Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Cool Springs Cemetery Fund, C/O Donna Estes, 609 Old Faceville Road, Bainbridge, GA 39819.

Charles Sammy Gardner was born on January 24, 1950 in Bainbridge, Georgia to Vern & Betty Leverette Gardner. He was a graduate of Bainbridge High School, class of 1968. He attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and served in the Army National Guard. Sammy worked for H&E Equipment. He was a Baptist by faith.

Sammy, a 72-year-old mama’s boy, was spoiled. He didn’t mind hard work, but he enjoyed farming (which he didn’t always consider work) even more. He had a quick wit and a sharp tongue. If he thought it, he said it. If he liked you, you knew it. (If you didn’t, you knew that too.) Sammy loved BIG and shared that love in his own way. He was constantly teasing, especially the grandchildren he adored, and always complained that he was “broke,” though he was never without a supply of Sprite and paper towels. Sammy was meticulous about EVERYTHING and was never late. He had every tool imaginable and might or might not know how to use them according to the instructions. He had a hard exterior and could be a little morose; his heart for others was evidence that he was “soft,” though he would never admit it.

Survivors include his children Ashley & Kerri Gardner and Regina & Brandon Conley; his grandchildren Abigail, Jackson, Reece and Brenna; his mother, Betty Leverette Gardner; his brother Windell (Brenda) Gardner; the joy of his life, Susan Dean Hand; and a large number of extended families. Sammy was preceded in death by his father, Vern Gardner.

The Bryant Funeral Home at 105 N. Florida Street is helping the family with the preparations. (229-246-3321)

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