"P.Q. Gardner was an anchor in the community,” said Mayor Zack Tucker. “He’s years of service will be missed; and the I will be eternally grateful for her leadership, friendship, and compassion for the community.”
Gardner was active in many groups and organizations over the years; including serving on Monticello's City Council from 1962-69. Gardner also served the community on Drew Memorial Hospital Board, Drew County Election Commission, Arkansas Real Estate Commission, and Drew County Quorum Court. Currently, he continued to be active in the VFW, American Legion, Methodist Men’s Coffee Club, Lions Club, South Arkansas Realtors, Eastern Star, Monticello Senior Citizens, and Monticello’s First Baptist Church.
He received many honors and awards in his 91 years; some of the most recent were his selection to Drew Central Schools Hall of Fame in 2007; 2010 Man of the Year by the Monticello-Drew County Chamber of Commerce/MEDC; and UAM’s Continuing the Connection award on 2011.
Visitation will be Friday, September 18, from 6- 8; service Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Burial in Oakland Cemetery with military honors. Memorials may be made to Hope Place, 103 North Main, Monticello, AR, First Baptist Church, 413 North Main, Monticello, AR 71655 or Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home, P O Box 427, Monticello, AR 71657.