Mr. Barry Leander Gardner will be truly missed by everyone who knew him. He lived his life serving the Lord and having the love of playing basketball. I know that no matter what, he will always be with us. When life separates us we’ll know it is only your soul saying goodbye to your body, but your spirit will be with us always. When I see a bird chirping on a nearby branch, we will know it is you singing to us. When a butterfly brushes gently by us so care freely, we will know it is you assuring us you are free from pain. When the gentle fragrance of a flower catches our attention, we will know it is you reminding us to appreciate the simple things in life. When the sun shining through our window awakens us, we will feel the warmth of your love.
When we hear the rain pitter patter against our window sill, we will hear your words of wisdom and will remember what you taught us so well. That without rain trees cannot grow; without rain flowers cannot bloom; without life’s challenges we cannot grow strong. When we look out to the sea, we will think of your endless love for your family. When we think of mountains, their majesty and magnificence, we will think of your courage for your country. No matter where we are, your spirit will be beside us. For we know that no matter what, you will always be with us.