William  Gardner


William "Bill" Gardner Jr., of New Wilmington, passed away Monday evening, April, 15, 2019, at approximately 11:30 p.m. after a battle with colorectal cancer. He was 78.
Mr. Gardner was born Aug. 15, 1940, a son of William and Mamie Dantzler Gardner Footman in Cameron, S.C., where he attended the St. John School.
Mr. Gardner moved to Pennsylvania in 1959 and began work as a construction laborer and in a short time, became an accomplished and respected concrete finisher here in the valley.
He was a member of First Baptist Church, Farrell.
Bill served the role as dutiful husband for 47 years to Eva Mae Gardner who preceded him in death.
Bill leaves to cherish his memory his siblings, Mamie Johnson, Brooklyn, N.Y., Daniel and (Florella) Gardner, New Wilmington and George Footman, New Wilmington; his son, William C. and wife Shana Y. Gardner, Tampa, Fla.; his grandchildren, Devin E. Smith, Antwoine D. Gardner, both of Tampa, and Anthony W. Gardner, Valdosta, Ga.; his great-grandchildren, Desiraye Gardner, Dareyk Gardner, Toni Amor Gardner, Valdosta, Ga.; and a host of nieces and nephews who remember cookouts with Uncle Bill.
Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Rebecca Johnson, Anna Brigman, Willie Mae Howell, Mary Moss, Julius Footman and LeRoy Footman.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The American Cancer Society, 3208-B Wilmington Rd., New Castle, PA 16105.

William "Bill" Jr., 78, of New Wilmington.
Calling hours: From 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday (4-27-19) at First Baptist Church, 1120 Darr Ave., Farrell.
Service: Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday (4-27-19) in the church, with the Rev. James C. Dixon officiating.
Burial: Morefield Cemetery, Hermitage.
Arrangements by J.E. WASHINGTON FUNERAL SERVICES, 1059 Hamilton Ave., Farrell.
Published on April 23, 2019
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Melissa (Horzich)
May 02, 2019
My deepest condolences. I have only fond memories of Bill, he was a true friend to my dad Richard Horzich.
David Moss and Family
Apr 25, 2019
For the family, Uncle Bill has transitioned from his cancer riddled body into a new spiritual being where now he has no more pain and suffering. He and all of his family have all been reunited and living in harmony with God.

As for us who are left behind, we can only remember the fun times with him. And some of you also remember how we would have to go to the garage and still get him a beer.

I will most remember him for his work ethics and tremendous leadership as Mercer County's best concrete finishers. Most people talk about the legacy of famous people who have paved the way for African Americans, however, we have our own Uncle Bill. He not only worked but also led teams in areas w
...here in 2019, blacks are not welcomed. His quality of work and attention to detail on every job is un paralleled and has never gone unnoticed

Our family will miss you but cherish the memories that we have had
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