HICKORY -- Rev. George M. Gardner, 89, of Hickory died Thursday, December 5, 2019, at Green Acres Healthcare in Mayfield.

He was a member of High Point Baptist Church, a former rural mail carrier, and a retired minister serving New Hope Baptist Church, Antioch Baptist Church, Beulah Baptist Church and Little Obion Baptist Church. He was also a U. S. Army veteran.

Rev. Gardner is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mildred F. Gardner; three daughters, Pam (Tommie) Goatley of Lowes, Deborah Jackson (Randall) Cruse of Pryorsburg, and Tammy Gardner of Paducah; two brothers, John (Janet) Gardner and Fred (Hazel) Gardner both of Shelbyville; five grandchildren, Jason (Christina) Goatley, Jody (Rachel) Goatley, Jaime (Jeremy) Prince, LeeAnn (Kelly) Hutchens and Scott (Tiffany) Jackson; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mattie Bell Sturdivant and Margaret Sturdivant; one grandson, Lee Stuart Jackson; and his parents, John and Birtie Reed Gardner.

Funeral services for Rev. George M. Gardner will be at 11 a.m. Monday, December 9, 2019, at Byrn Funeral Home in Mayfield. Rev. Darrick Holloman will officiate. Interment will follow at Mayfield Memory Gardens. Military graveside rites will be conducted by American Legion Post #26.

Pallbearers will be Tommie Goatley, Randall Cruse, Jason Goatley, Jody Goatley and Jeremy Prince. Lee Stuart Jackson will be an honorary pallbearter.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Sunday, December 8, 2019, at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to: Lottie Moon Fund, c/o High Point Baptist Church, 220 W. Farthing St., Mayfield, Kentucky, 42066 or High Point Baptist Youth Camp, c/o High Point Baptist Church, 220 W. Farthing St., Mayfield, Kentucky, 42066.

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