Thomas Calvin Gardner, of Blacksburg, VA passed away Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. Tom was born Nov. 5, 1931 in Lexington, Kentucky and was a son of W. Lewis and Mary Lou Taylor Gardner.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dee; brother, Lewis T. Gardner; son–in-law, Scott Wade; and nephew, Mac Gardner.
He is survived by his children, Tom Cheatham and Lynn Cheatham Loo, Carol Gardner Young (Mitchell), W. Lewis Gardner (Julie) and Melodee Gardner Wade (Wayne Neu). He is also survived by his brother, Bill (Stephanie) and sister, Mary Beth Warner (Jimmy).
His grandchildren are Joshua Gardner (Stefanie), Kara and Ryan Gardner, and Meaghan and Bryce Wade. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Tom spent much of his adult life working in the telecommunications infrastructure field. He also worked for Wades Foods and Deli Mart. He was passionate about many things, among them, golf at the Blacksburg Country Club, classical music and his family and friends. He thoroughly relished a good debate, and was rarely wrong, in his point of view.
Our family wishes to thank the many wonderful people who shared in caring for Tom in the last year of his life.
A celebration of Tom’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 11 at the Blacksburg Country Club. Please, come as you are and join us for a time of sharing and remembrance for our dad, Granddaddy, Paw Paw, brother, uncle and friend.