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Joseph M. Gardner

September 15, 2021 at 4:00 a.m.
Joseph M. Gardner - Submitted photo

Joseph Martin "Joey" Gardner, 33, of Hot Springs, Ark., passed away Sept. 11, 2021.

He was born July 17, 1988, in Monticello, Ark., to L.R. and Lora (Smith) Gardner.

Joey was an avid dog lover and was passionate about computer games, especially "The Sims." He was a man of strong conviction and enjoyed a rousing debate. Joey loved to watch the desert sunsets and always found joy walking the trails and admiring the rock formations in Arizona.

Joey was preceded in death by his PePa, Lewis Gardner; and aunt, Karen Smith.

Survivors include his husband, Corey Gardner-Whitlock; parents, L.R. and Lora Gardner; Corey's parents, Dennis and Nina Whitlock; brothers, Jordan Gardner (Tessa), Tony DeManty; sisters, Jessica Kelliher (Jacob), Jennifer Gardner; grandparents, Betty Gardner, Garry and Barbara Smith; nieces, Emma Gardner, Paisley Gardner, Eva Gardner, Raven Kelliher; nephew, Milo Kelliher; and four-legged friends, Carter, Cinch and Daphne.

Joey will be laid to rest in Arizona, where he felt most at home.

In lieu of flowers, adopt a pet or make a donation to your local animal shelter.

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