David Edward Gardner 1955-2008

Jessica’s father David passed away on Wednesday, October 22 in Tamarac, Florida. We were able to fly down to Fort Lauderdale the day before, and Jessica was by his side when he took his last breath.

Over the weekend, we drove with Jessica’s family up to the funeral and burial in Dayton, Tennessee. At the funeral Jessica and I sang the song No More Tears, and Jessica read a letter that she had written to her Dad a couple of months ago. From David’s grave site, one can see several ridges where he often went hunting with his brother Tom.

On Sunday evening as we were just starting to drive back to Fort Lauderdale, we received word that Jessica’s sister Jewel had gone into labor in South Carolina. As providence would have it, we were able to rearrange our trip and arrive at the hospital a couple of hours before Jessica’s niece, Kathryn Marie Hanson, was born. What a joy it was to be there and see this new life!

On Thursday, a memorial service was held for David at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale. Jessica read her letter again, and we shared our song once more, accompanied by Jessica’s uncle Bill on violin. You can listen to it by clicking here.

Obituraries for David have been published online in the Chattanooga Times Free Press and the Florida Sun-Sentinal. Note that in the Sun-Sentinel obituary, “Mission Air International” should read “Miami Air International“.