Wilbern Howard Gardner

January 27, 1935 - January 21, 2021

Wilbern Gardner

Wilbern Howard “Brother Dave” Gardner, 85, of Kountze, died Thursday, January 21, 2021.  He was born on January 27, 1935, in Hillister, to Willie Mae Riley Gardner and James Ellis Gardner. 

Mr. Gardner proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1958 until 1961.  He retired from Dupont Beaumont Works after over thirty years of service.  He was a member of Pine Masonic Lodge #642 in Kountze and the Lumberton Church of Christ. Mr. Gardner was a fifth generation Texan, an avid hunter, and lover of the piney woods of southeast Texas.  He will be remembered as a true American patriot.

Survivors include his daughters, Elizabeth Davis and her husband, Cory, of Nolensville, Tennessee and Cathleen Gardner of Kountze; grandchildren, Graham, Scarlett and Sloane Davis; and brother, Delman Gardner and his wife, Patsy, of Shreveport, Louisiana.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Willie Mae and Ellis Gardner; wife of fifty-eight years, Mary Nell Gardner; and infant brother, James Ellis Gardner, Jr.

Mr. Gardner’s public graveside service will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 23, 2021, at Allison Cemetery, Warren, under the direction of Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Wounded Warrior Project, 200 Space Park Drive, Suite 100, Houston, Texas 77058 or to a charity of one's choice.

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Broussard's Mortuary - Silsbee, TX
490 Cemetery Road Silsbee, TX 77656
Graveside Service
Allison Cemetery Warren
Warren, Texas
Saturday, January 23, 2021
10:00 a.m.
Graveside Service
Allison Cemetery Williams Cemetery
Warren Warren, TX 77664
Memorial Contributions
Wounded Warrior Project
2200 Space Park Drive Suite 100 Houston, TX 77058

Comments (4)

  • Ricky Tate

    24 January 2021 at 00:51 | #

    Mr. Gardner was my Aunt Eugenia's neighbor for as long as I can remember. She told me many times he was as good as a neighbor as you could have. We had many a conversation over their fence while he was tending to his garden (and he had some great gardens). We talked about everything from politics to religion and everything in between. He was a wise and intelligent man that I greatly respected It was an honor to know him. Rest In Peace my friend.


  • Jack Langston

    23 January 2021 at 14:55 | #

    Yes Hicks you right, he was worried about the limbs over her house and getting her some new front steps. He would put out fire ant poison also in her yard. He was a carrying man. I'm going to miss our bible chats . See you soon Bro Dave.


  • Melanie Hunt

    22 January 2021 at 23:51 | #

    I loved that I was able to visit with him recently-he was "'doin' better than he deserved" Many hugs, I love you bestie.


  • Hicks Dunlap

    22 January 2021 at 21:47 | #

    Brother, you were a good neighbor to my mother and I will never forget. You also were a good man always with a smile and kind word. The world could use more like you. Enjoy Mary Nell. She got your place ready for you. Godspeed my friend.


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