Richard Frank Gardner, 64, of Shelbyville, departed this life on Saturday, July 23, 2022.
Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, in the chapel of Doak-Howell Funeral Home with Pastor Bobby McGee officiating. Burial will follow at Rosebank Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m.
He was born November 11, 1957 in Shelbyville. He was a 1976 graduate of Shelbyville Central High School. He spent the majority of his life serving Bedford County at Hardee’s. He also spent several years employed with Hart’s Chapel and Celebration Nissan. He was Chairman of the Deacons and member of Grace Baptist Church in Shelbyville.
Frank enjoyed watching his grandchildren play soccer, football, travel baseball, dance, and cheer. He loved them endlessly. They were the center of his life. His two daughters were the light of his life. Brooke and Mary Beth spent many years enjoying Vanderbilt games with their daddy. He loved his wife, Vickie, who he met at Hardee’s, both at the age of 16. They enjoyed their outings to Red Lobster. Due to his health, he spent his Sunday mornings watching the virtual services at Grace Baptist. He loved Vanderbilt athletics and was an avid Tennessee Titans fan.
He is survived his wife of 46 years, Vickie Brown Gardner; daughters, Brooke (Michael) Smith of Shelbyville; Mary Beth (Daniel) Jones of Murfreesboro; granddaughters, Mallorie Gardner and Kealey Smith; grandsons, Mason Jones, Korbin Smith, Camden Jones, and Crew Smith; sister, Yvonne (Jerry) Lowe of Eagleville; nephew, Eric (Julia) Sutton of Shelbyville.
He was preceded in death by his daddy, Bryce C. Gardner and his mother. Doris Gardner.
Doak-Howell Funeral Home is serving the family.