Hazel Lee Parish Gardner, 97, formerly of Sharon, Tennessee, died December 5, 2022. Hazel was born December 12, 1924 in Sharon to Robert Major Parish and Bessie Lee Jackson Parish. She married Albert Olion Gardner December 27, 1941. She was a long-time member of Hopewell Cumberland Presbyterian Church (Hopewell Presbytery) in Sidonia, Tennessee, but had attended Faith Cumberland Presbyterian Church (Cornerstone Presbytery) in Bartlett, Tennessee, since 1993. Hazel served many times as hostess for the annual bookstore Christmas open house held by the Cumberland Presbyterian Resource Center at the Denominational Center in Memphis, Tennessee. She was sister-in-law to the late Reverend Dr. John Edward Gardner, Professor of Homiletics and Christian Education at the Cumberland Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Memphis Theological Seminary. Her son, Ronald D. Gardner served as chair of the denominational Our United Outreach committee. Son Albert E. Gardner created illustrations for the Bible Discovery Sunday school curriculum published by the Cumberland Presbyterian Board of Christian Education. Daughter-in-law the late Dorothy “Dot” Gardner worked many years for the Cumberland Presbyterian Resource Center. Granddaughter Jennifer Lynn Ellis is manager of finance and administration for the Missions Ministry Team of the Ministry Council of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
About Matthew Gore
Matthew H. Gore is a British journalist, historian, popular culturist, archivist, and educator residing in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the immediate past-president of the Society of Tennessee Archivists and is best known for his book The History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Kentucky to 1988 (2000). He has also published on a variety of topics as diverse as The Origin of Marvelman (a British superhero of the 1950s and 1960s), the relative scarcity of East German philatelics, and the biography of British pulp artist, Denis McLoughlin. He is employed by the Ministry Council of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at the Cumberland Presbyterian Center in Memphis, Tennessee, as editor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Magazine and as publications manager. He has been associated with both Western Kentucky University, which honored him with their James H. Poteet Award, and the University of Kentucky. He also serves as editor for all Boardman Books (Memphis, Tennessee) publications.
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