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Thomas "Tommy" James Gardner
July 9, 1941  -  October 31, 2018

 

Thomas “Tommy” Gardner, age 56, of Mountain Home climbed his stairway to heaven in the early hours of October 31, 2018 at BRMC-ICU with his wife and daughter at his bedside.
Tommy’s debut was May 12, 1962-the youngest of three born to Bob Gardner and Dixie Thomas. He flew solo most his life living in Northern California in his early twenties. In 1989, he met the one who would take center stage. He married Cheri Lyn Eaton in April 1997 after six years of dating. Together they raised one little girl and several animals.
Tommy worked at Eaton for 25 years or more, as a veteran overnight forklift operator. Tommy was known for his wall-sized big screen t.v.’s and earth-shaking surround sound that he blasted rock tunes from almost daily. He was an animal lover with a reputation of feeding stray cats in the parking lot at work nightly-even when off or during inclement weather. Tommy enjoyed flying model planes and watching the ID and History channels, when not recording MTV or VH1. Big Foot Meat Lover’s pizza, Bunny Tracks ice cream, and entirely too much Mountain Dew, were some of the things he loved. He was a homebody contently, but was a frequent concert go-er making his last show Van Halen with his wife for his 50th birthday.
He is survived by his mother, Dixie Schulter; his wife, Cheri Lyn Gardner, both of Mountain Home, Arkansas; daughter, Jaclyn Huddleston (Lekisha) and granddaughters: Lilliana and Avery Jade of Fayetteville, Arkansas; a brother, Robert Gardner (Debbie) of Louisiana; a sister, Cathy Tilley (Lonnie); nieces: Jennifer (David) and Jessica (Tim); nephew, Daniel (Jackie), all of Mountain Home; his niece is Tiffany Tilley of Fayetteville, Arkansas and 12 great nieces and nephews with two on the way.
Tommy was preceded in death by his father, Bob Gardner of Mountain Home, Arkansas and father-in-law, Paul E. Eaton of Ypsilanti, Illinois. He leaves behind his pet family, Jet, Stormy, Tucker, Tinkerbell, and his best friend, Chancey.
A lover of music and excessive volume-Tommy’s favorite songs will echo the walls of Roller Funeral Home on Monday, November 5, 2018 from 5-9pm with family receiving fans from 6-8pm as they celebrate his journey that like most rockers was ended far too soon.
Tommy’s sudden and unexpected death will always be the day the music died to his loved ones, but now he rests as he has become Comfortably Numb.
Arrangements are under the direction of Roller Funeral Home. Please visit our online guest book at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/mtnhome.


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