Obituary of Norman Russ Gardner
Norman Russ Gardner went to meet his maker peacefully at Hospice House on Sunday, May 30 in Landrum, South Carolina at the age of 85.
Rev. Gardner is survived by his wife of sixty-six years, the former June McManus of the home, two sons, Norman Russ Jr. “Rusty” and wife, Ruth of Orange Park, FL and Larry Greer and wife, Laura of St. Augustine, FL, two grandsons:, Joshua (Leslie) of Jacksonville, FL, Caleb (Kelly) of Raleigh, NC, and two granddaughters, Amber/Kaelyn Cecil and Allison “Alli” of St. Augustine, FL, four great-grandsons, Brayden, Landon, Ezra and Noah Gardner. He is preceded in death by his parents, Greer L. and Gertrude Wingo Gardner of New Prospect in Spartanburg County, SC.
Rev. Gardner was born on June 24, 1935 in Spartanburg County. He graduated from Bob Jones University in 1958 and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas in 1962. He pastored ten Southern Baptist Churches in five states during his ministry: Bethel Mission and Colony Forest Mission in Columbia, SC, Montague Baptist Church in Montague, Texas and Decatur Ave. Baptist Church in Fort Worth; First Baptist Church of Machesney Park, Rockford, IL, Piedmont Baptist Church in Chesnee, SC, First Baptist Church of Dupo, IL; Trinity Baptist Church of Durham, NC, Croft Baptist Church of Spartanburg, Alice Drive Baptist Church of Sumter, SC; Ridgewood Baptist Church in Orange Park, FL and Goucher Baptist Church in Gaffney.
After retiring from 63 yrs. in the ministry he and his wife moved to his childhood home in the New Prospect Community of Spartanburg County and joined New Prospect Baptist Church.