- January 13, 1957 - December 19, 2012
- Columbus, Georgia
of Bernard's Passing
First United Methodist Church
307 Flint Ave
Albany, GA 31701
SOWEGA Council on Aging/Meals on Wheels Program
1105 Palmyra Rd.
Albany, GA 31701
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“I have known Clay since first grade. We always laughed at everything! Born a week apart, I will miss him so much.
1 of 30 | Posted by: Dinah Pritchett - Alpharetta, GA
“Clay...we had many good times together..I miss you already and you've only been gone a week...MT
2 of 30 | Posted by: Mike Thornton - Cairo, GA
“Janet, Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Clay and I grew up together at FUMC. He was full of Life! RIP Clay!
Debbie...Read More »
3 of 30 | Posted by: Debbie TenHagen Sutton - Albany, GA
“Clay, What times you,me Taylor and Goodyear had.As we look back they were some of the best.We go back to YMCA basketball,through Deerfield and...Read More »
4 of 30 | Posted by: Mike Matthews - Albany, GA
“You have a heart of gold in this cold world. I will miss you. J
5 of 30 | Posted by: Rene' Fontana - Columbus, GA
“We all just lost a part of us. God speed Clay
6 of 30 | Posted by: Gordy Steadman - Jacksonville, FL
“I can only smile and laugh when I hear your name. Here for a good time not a long time. We used to say "We'll sleep when we are dead". Get some rest...Read More »
7 of 30 | Posted by: David Brown - Griffin, GA
8 of 30 | Posted by: Neil Parham
“Clay, you and your smile will be missed trendously. May you rest in peace. May the Lord give the family peace that surpasses all understanding.
9 of 30 | Posted by: Rose Swain - Columbus, GA
“When I heard this all I could see was Clay and David trying to out do one another sking barefooting on the lake. What a shame, I am so sorrry for all...Read More »
10 of 30 | Posted by: Dana Turner Wilkins - FL
“Clay, I've been looking for you for the last few years! Just sent some mutual acquaintances e-mails asking where you were. I was so sorry to hear of...Read More »
11 of 30 | Posted by: Susan Clayton - Atlanta, GA
“Our memories with you Clay ane nothing but Laughs and Grins. You touched this world in a special way. Rest in peace my Brother.
12 of 30 | Posted by: Frank and Jackie Robinson - FL
“Some of my fondest memories are from the crazy 80's with Clay. The Masters tourney, Ga/Fla game, etc. Thanks for all the good times, Clay. You will...Read More »
13 of 30 | Posted by: Dawn Hobby - Leesburg, GA
“BC, What times we had running through the woods in Brevard. Then we both ended up in Valdosta to become KA Brothers. We had some great times after...Read More »
14 of 30 | Posted by: Tom Drossos - Valdosta, GA
“It was only last Sunday that I mentioned Clay. One of a kind is an understatement. So many memories. May you rest in peace, Clay.
15 of 30 | Posted by: tracy m flanagan - albany, GA
“Clay was a big part of my childhood. He always had time to make my brother and I feel important and loved. He always had a big idea or adventure for...Read More »
16 of 30 | Posted by: Paige Dunn - Thomasville, GA
“Thank you for all the fun memories. Rest in peace Clay.
17 of 30 | Posted by: Ryan Mock - Atlanta, GA
You were such a great guy! I'll treasure all of those fun memories I have of you.... you made me laugh and I loved that smile! Rest...Read More »
18 of 30 | Posted by: Sherry (Buchanan) Marcks - Dallas, GA
“Rest in peace, my friend! You are loved, and will be missed by everyone who called you "friend"! Janet, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the...Read More »
19 of 30 | Posted by: Jane Joiner - Albany, GA - friend
“My heart aches to hear of Clay's passing. I've lived in N. Carolina for 20 years now but I knew Clay when I lived in Albany as I worked for his dad...Read More »
20 of 30 | Posted by: Pamela Elaine Johnson - NC
“Blessings to the family. Clay and I went to Deerfield together. I'm saddened to hear of his passing.
21 of 30 | Posted by: Jane Whittlesey - Boulder, CO
“Clay, rest in peace now. I was one of the many who had a crush on you! Janet, thinking of you and your family.
22 of 30 | Posted by: Lucy Richardson - Macon, GA
“Rest in Peace my friend. We had a lifelong time of memories. Growing up with you and your family was a wonderful experience with many many great...Read More »
23 of 30 | Posted by: Carl Smith - Leesburg, GA
“So sad we didn't get to say goodbye to you in the proper way. Many have never know the beautiful, loving and generous person you were. The laughter...Read More »
24 of 30 | Posted by: Rebecca Dunn - Apalachicola, FL
“RIP my ole buddy & you will be sadly missed.
25 of 30 | Posted by: Chuck DeLoach
“Wishing you Peace, my Brother. Thanks for all the great times, memories & friendship.
26 of 30 | Posted by: Russell Whorton - Johns Creek, GA
You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers. Clay was such a nice man. God bless you & yours.
27 of 30 | Posted by: Juli Reynolds Bruner - Albany, GA
“So many folks loved him, had a crush on him, dodged trouble with him, laughed and cried with him. He was more blessed than he knew. I hope this marks...Read More »
28 of 30 | Posted by: Janet Heidt - Atlanta, GA
“I am saddened to learn of Clay's death. He was a delightful student and a true gentleman. My condolences to all of his family in your loss. Joanne...Read More »
29 of 30 | Posted by: Joanne Stripling Smith - TN
The first star to the left and straight on from there. God speed my friend.
30 of 30 | Posted by: Roy Manry - Albany, GA
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).