July 30, 1969 – April 20, 2008
Don’t grieve for me for now I’m free,
I’m following the path that God laid for me.
I took His hand, when I heard Him call,
I turned my back, and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone, they stay that way,
I found that place at the close of day.
If parting has left a void,
Then fill it all with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah, yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened now with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I’ve savored much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seems all too brief,
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.
Charlie “Char,” son of “Joan,” Mr. and Mrs. Gardner, loving father to Taylor and Trever Benham, beloved brother to many siblings, began his new life in heaven one year ago. You are truly missed by all and will never be forgotten. We will especially remember your free spirit, kind heart and contagious smile. We miss you and love you forever.
Alysse, Mikelle, Charlotte, family and friends