Peggy Norrell Gardner

Born: Mon., Dec. 27, 1937
Died: Sat., Jan. 14, 2012

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Peggy A. Norrell Gardner, age 74, of Greensboro, Georgia, died Saturday, January 14, 2012 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle, GA. Peggy was born December 27, 1937, in Beaumont, Texas to the late Laird Orvis Norrell and Lyda Allene Harrison Norrell. She graduated from Jones County High School and Junior College. She earned an Associate Degree of Arts from Gulf Coast Community College and a Bachelor of Science at West Florida University. She went on to earn a Masters of Education at the University of South Alabama, where she was a member of Phi Kappa Phi. She taught at Rutherford High School in Panama City, Florida, Mary Montgomery High School in Mobile, Alabama and was Director of Career Placement at Clayton State College in Morrow, GA, where she retired. After retirement she moved to Union Point and most recently lived at Willow Run Retirement Home in Greensboro. Peggy was a member of Grace Fellowship Church of Greensboro.

She is survived by a daughter, Lilli G. Thomas and husband Bill of Greensboro, GA; a son Max Gardner, Jr. and wife Judy of Alpharetta, GA; a sister, Cindy Lancaster and husband James of Huntsville, AL; grandchildren, Stuart Thomas and wife Casey, Susan Satterfield and husband John, Jacob Thomas and Carri McElhenney, Emily Gardner and Abigail Gardner; great grandchildren, Evan and Sidney Satterfield, India Thomas and Braxton Thomas; a number of other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by husband Max Gardner and aunts Bessie Harrison Bishop and Flossie Harrison Stallworth.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, January 16, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at McCommons Chapel with Rev. Rick Hermann and Dr. Jimmy Long officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon until time for the service at McCommons Funeral Home in the historic Hall-Thomas House. Interment will follow at Greenview Cemetery, Memorial Drive, Greensboro, GA 30642. Serving as pallbearers are Stuart Thomas, Jacob Thomas, John Satterfield and Ken Smith. The family requests that any memorials be made to American Parkinson Disease Association, Georgia Chapter, P O Box 49416, Atlanta, GA 30359 or Abbey Hospice, 215 Azalea Court, Social Circle, GA 30025. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Cecelia Smith
   Posted Sun January 15, 2012
Dear Lilli and family, I was so sorry to learn of Peggy's death. I was reading the obituary for Dave O'Keefe, and saw your mom's name. She was a very wonderful person, with a great wit, and wonderful smile. She was very intelligent and got very frustrated with her disease. Please know you are in my prayers. Love ya, Cecelia

Jane Cobb
   Posted Sun January 15, 2012
Love, prayers and deepest sympathy. Jane Cobb

dianne finch mckinley
   Posted Sun January 15, 2012
so sorry for your loss

Lynn Bowers
   Posted Mon January 16, 2012
Lilli, You, Bill and your Family are all in our thoughts. Praying the Lord will give you comfort and peace as He has done for us. Lynn

Jan & David Hallman
   Posted Mon January 16, 2012
Lilli and family, So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I know she will be greatly missed. Just know you and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers. Jan and David, Josh and Robert

Emmett and Shirley Caldwell
   Posted Mon January 16, 2012
Lilli, Bill and Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time and in the weeks and months to come.

John Hannabach
   Posted Mon January 16, 2012
The community and Career Services' profession have lost a great person with the death of Peggy Gardner. She touched numerous lives in a positive and caring manner. While there are no jobless persons for Peggy to assist where she now goes, there will be many for whom she has already provided assistance. Farewll, Miss Peggy.

Gail Lindsey
   Posted Mon January 16, 2012
Dear Lilli, Max and Families, So sorry to hear about Peggy's passing. She was a wonderful woman with a beautiful smile. I especially remember the delicious Bananna Split cake she used to make and send to the office when your dad worked for Chipman-Union. May God bless you all. Sincerely, Gail and Gene Lindsey

Robert & Annette Dowdy
   Posted Mon January 16, 2012
We were so sorry for your loss Peggy was a lovely person.

Rob Taylor
   Posted Mon January 16, 2012
Lilli and Max, Your mom was a special, special lady to Connie and me. I enjoyed speaking with you today, Lilli and with your Aunt Cindy. I was going to stand and say something but when the second pastor invited family members to make comments and never extended it to friends and former colleagues I felt I should keep my seat! Suffice it to say that she made a big impact on our lives and she will live on in our hearts.

Sandra Dominy
   Posted Tue January 17, 2012
May God give you the comfort and strength you need through this time of greif and loss. We are praying for you and your family. love Sandra & Dink Dominy

Tim Simons
   Posted Tue January 17, 2012
Lilli and Family, Mrs. Gardner was such a beautiful lady and I only wish I had known her better. Please know that I am praying for you. Take comfort in knowing that Mrs. Gardner is no longer suffering from an awful earthly disease and is in the presence of Jesus in all his glory. In Christian Love, Tim

Barry abd Teresa Churchwell
   Posted Tue January 17, 2012
Lilli and family, Deepest sympathy to you in the passing of your mom. May the warm loving fun memories that ya'll shared always help to comfort you. She was blessed with a wonderful family that she cherished. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Diane Burns
   Posted Tue January 17, 2012
Who could ever forget that incredible smile and can-do spirit? Peggy touched many lives. She mentored many including me. I shall never forget her kindness and support as I struggled through some very difficult professional times. She was more than a co-worker...she was a true friend and ally. Her courage inspired me. I am so grateful to have known her and to know she called me friend.

Ann Wilson
   Posted Wed January 18, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. Ann Wilson

Barbara Paresi
   Posted Thu January 19, 2012
Peggy was such a beautiful person! I will never forget her mentoring me when I first came to Atlanta. She helped me with my resume, went shopping with me, and gently guided me into my dream job at Delta. I will always be grateful. She was a lovely person and her spirit will be missed! Thank you Peggy I will never forget you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Kim Jackson Trzaska
   Posted Thu January 19, 2012
You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I love and miss you all!

Eddie & Tina Brown
   Posted Thu January 19, 2012
Lilli & Family, we are saddened to hear of the loss of your dear mother. I knew her to be a sweet and caring person and always thought alot of her. Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May the love and grace of God surround you and give you peace. Love and Prayers, Eddie & Tina Brown

Elizabeth Wyatt Ellis
   Posted Fri January 20, 2012
Lilli I was sorry to hear about your mom. She was always quite the sport! My prayers are with you and your family. Elizabeth

John W. hope
   Posted Tue January 24, 2012

Easter Pittman
   Posted Wed February 08, 2012
Max & Lilli, Your mother was a rare gem in a sea of diamonds. She will be remember for her lovely smile and admiration for the two of you. I worked with her at RHS. May God keep you safe and grant you peace. Lovingly, Easter Pittman