Specialist Earl F. Gardner, Sr. was born on December 17, 1963, in New York City to the late Martha “Honey” Young-Gardner. He transitioned from his earthly body to his heavenly home on February 13, 2023. God blessed him with 59 years of life.
SPC Earl received his education from New York City public schools and at the tender age of seventeen he enlisted in the Military Branch Army.
SPC Earl F. Gardner, Sr received many honors while serving in the Army. He was ordered to Active Duty in support of Operation Noble Eagle. Ordered to Active Duty in response to the World Trade Center and Pentagon Attacks. Ordered to Active Duty in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served in Baghdad. Serve in designated imminent danger areas. SPC Earl had a Master Parachutist Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge. He has a professional development ribbon, army service ribbon, overseas ribbon, and a Kuwait Liberation medal (Saudi Arabia). He also represented the Army in the sport of track and field nothing else follows.
While almost exiting out of his career, Earl married Marvena Gardner in the beautiful summer of August 31, 1996. Earl was a fantastic husband to Marvena. They shared many memories together, the good and bad. Earl had tremendous love for his family and friends. He treasured his children and grandchildren because he knew they were his legacy. He enjoyed looking at pictures of his family and preparing for Holiday Dinners to reinforce strong family ties. SPC Earl was a collector of action movies and enjoyed watching them repeatedly.
Earl leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Marvena Gardner, two biological sons, Travell Gardner andEarl F. Gardner, Jr. Two step-sons Antwain Berry and Mustafa (Tesha) Stanley. Three Step-Daughters, Temika Codrington, Tawana Stanley, and Amina Gladden, 3 Biological Grandchildren, 10 Step Grandchildren, and 3 Step-Great Grandchildren. One brother, Tony Gardner and three sisters Patricia Gardner, Tamatha Sibert, and Wendy Cunningham. A host of Step-Brothers, Aunts, Nieces, Nephews, cousins and friends. He will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.
Visitation will be held at Families First Funeral Care Chapel Friday, February 24, 2023 from 11Am to 12PM.
The funeral service will be held at Families First Funeral Care Chapel at 12PM.