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Vetral Brown (Brown) Gardner

Born: Thu., Mar. 24, 1921
Died: Fri., Mar. 22, 2019


2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Sun., Mar. 24, 2019
Location: Flat Rock Baptist Church

Funeral Service

3:00 PM Sun., Mar. 24, 2019
Location: Flat Rock Baptist Church

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Mrs. Vetral Brown Gardner 97, of Hamptonville, NC went home to be with her heavenly Father shouting Hallelujah on her way. She was surrounded by her children as she always wanted.

Vetral was born in Yadkin County on March 24, 1921, the daughter of the late Della and Whit Brown, in a small house delivered by her Mother’s Sister Martha Cook. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 54 years and teenage sweetheart Maxton Ezekiel Gardner, Jay Blankenship, sons Rubin Gardner, and Sonny Gardner (Dody), daughter in laws Marilyn Gardner, and Elaine Gardner, brothers John, Melton, Buck, Floyd, Ruben, and Fletcher, sisters Gertrude Walker, and Rebecca Lawrence, two grandchildren, one great grandchild, one step great grandson.


Vetral was the early rising wife of a Tobacco Farmer and Saw Miller, and was always the one who milked the cows. She was formerly employed by Unifi Industrial, and Astoria Braid, and was a fulltime homemaker. Her hobbies included crocheting, she loved her plants and flowers, and just had a green thumb and could make anything grow. The testimony to this is a weed Lucy brought home from a mission trip, and mom turned it into a beautiful plant. Vetral Loved the Lord, Church, family and friends. She was a member of the Yadkin Chorus, and with only a fifth grade education was a wonderful Sunday School Teacher at Flat Rock Baptist Church.

Mom we Love you, and as we always said when we left, “we’ll see you soon if not we’ll see you in Heaven.”

Surviving are her children Peggy (late Rubin) Gardner, Coy Gardner, Lucy Maxine (Roger) Swaim, Jerrald (Seunghee) Gardner, Nellie (Benny) Norman, Issy (Ricky) Hinshaw; seventeen grandchildren; two step grandchildren; twenty four great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews;

Funeral service will be held 3:00pm Sunday March 24, 2019 at Flat Rock Baptist Church with Dr. Charles “Joey” Tomlin officiating. The visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the Church. Burial will follow the service in the Church Cemetery.

The family would like to express their sincerest Thank You to the staff at Pruitt Health Care for the exceptional care and kindness they provided for Vetral during her stay with them.

Flowers will be accepted, and donations can be sent to Flat Rock Baptist Church Building Fund 3800 Flat Rock Church Road Hamptonville, NC 27020.

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Joyce Brown
   Posted Sat March 23, 2019
I would like to send my love and support in your time of loss. But we can draw strength and solace from God. He can provide guidance and peace to make it through difficult times. The Bible scriptures can bring us peace and comfort. At Revelation 21:4 it states: "And he (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." Our Creator has promised that these things will take place. It may be hard to imagine a time of this promise becoming reality however, with faith and endurance all things are possible. May God grant your family peace and comfort.

Tammy Chipman King
   Posted Sat March 23, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Prayers

Frank and Cathy Macy
   Posted Sat March 23, 2019
We are so very sorry for the loss of your precious loved one. Mrs. Gardner was a wonderful lady, loved by all who knew her. May God provide love, comfort, peace at this difficult time. Love to all of her precious family......

Michael/Lydia Gambill
   Posted Sat March 23, 2019
The Gardner Family,
We are sorry to hear of your loss.Vetral was always a firecracker & made everyone smile...She will be missed...
Michael & Lydia

Nancy Money Turnage
   Posted Sun March 24, 2019
Nellie, Deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your beloved Mother. All of you have been so loving and diligent in your attention to your Mother. I admire every one of you for the love shown to your Mom. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Cassandra Poole
   Posted Sun March 24, 2019
Such a beautiful spirit. You will be missed

   Posted Sun March 24, 2019
Dear Gardner Family,

I hope you will accept my condolences at the passing of "Grandma Vetral". What a fire cracker! I hold some great memories of time spent in her home.....somebody dealing the cards and and another passing the sweets. I am thankful to have known and to have been loved by her.

Joy M McCoy
   Posted Mon March 25, 2019
So sorry for the loss of your Mother. She was a joy to be around at Pruitt Healthcare. She always made you laugh. May God give you comfort in the days ahead.

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