Bernard “Clay” Gardner III, 55, died Wednesday, December 19, 2012 in Columbus, Ga. Born in Albany, Georgia on January 13, 1957, Clay was the son of the late Henri Branch Whitaker Gardner and Bernard Clay “B.C.” Gardner, Jr. He was a 1975 graduate of Deerfield High School. Mr. Gardner attended Valdosta State College, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. At Valdosta State, he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity. His passions in life included hunting, fishing, and time in the outdoors with his beloved dogs. A native of Albany, he moved to Columbus in 1999 to be closer to his family.
He is survived by his sister, Janet Kemp and her husband Robert of Columbus, Ga.; his nephew, Robert Colston Kemp of Columbus, Ga.; his niece, Martha Schley Whitaker Kemp of Richmond, Va.; his aunts, Mrs. Henry Wright (Martha) of Albany, Ga, and Mrs. Jay D. Gardner (Carleen) of Park City Utah; and numerous cousins.
A private family funeral service was held at Crown Hill Cemetery with Rev. Carrie Myers officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Methodist Church of Albany (307 Flint Avenue Albany, GA 31701) or SOWEGA Council on Aging (1105 Palmyra Road Albany, GA 31701).
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