James L. (Milky)Gardner, 89 of Buffalo New York and formerly of Slagle, WV. passed from this earth to glory on April 27 2020. He was born March 17, 1931. The oldest of 16 children, born to the late Watson and Frances (Hill) Gardner. He was a member of Open Praise Full Gospel Baptist Church in Buffalo. He served as Deacon for many years. He retired from Republic Steel after 25 years of employment, and also retired from the Airport after 20 years.
He was preceeded in death by his wife of 69 years, Althea (Tea) Mills Gardner, a son James Jr., and a daughter Janice Mitchell. Three Sisters; Frances (Louise) Jackson, Doris (Lucille) Buress, Carol (Jean) Ruffin.
He is survived by Daughters; Beverly and Gina Gardner of Buffalo, New York, and one son Kenneth also of Buffalo, New York. also survived by seven brothers Watson Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio, Jerry of Louisviulle, Ky. Rev Curtis (Neil) of Buffalo, NY. Jim of San Angelo, TX, Bill (Donna) of Whitman, WV, John of Logan, WV., Raymond (Sharon) of Miami, FL., Also survived by Four Sisters Carrie Mae and Mary Lillie of Cleveland, Ohio., Martha Morris and Elretha Kay of Louisville, KY., Seven Grandchildren, 14 Great Grandchildren and 11 Great Great Grandchildren.
Services were held in Buffalo, New York on Saturday May 2, 2020.
Arrangements were entrusted to T.L. Pickens Mortuary Services in Buffalo NY
Condolences may be left at www.collinsfuneralhomewv.com