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Blake Gardner June 6, 2001 - March 31, 2020

Blake Gardner, age 18 of Nixa, Missouri passed away peacefully in his sleep, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, after a long battle with brain cancer. He was born June 6, 2001 in Baltimore, Maryland the son of Troy and Jennifer Gardner. Blake had a great passion for music and his family and friends enjoyed watching him rock the stage in many concerts. He is now playing music in Heaven.  Blake was a graduate of Nixa High School, class of 2019.

Blake is survived by his parents Troy and Jennifer (Goddard) Gardner; his sister Phoebe Gardner of Nixa; as well as his paternal grandfather Don Gardner of Nixa; maternal grandparents Tom and Pam Goddard of Springfield along with various aunts, uncles, cousins and friends that loved him dearly. Blake was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother Loretta Gardner, July 12, 2019.

Blake’s Celebration of Life will be held in June on a date to be announced and determined later. Information will be passed on to family and friends once time, date and location are determined. In lieu of flowers and honoring Blake’s wishes, donations may be made in his name to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude PL, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-9959. Blake received amazing care for the last 15 months while being a patient at St Jude Hospital.

Cremation arrangements under the care and direction of Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com.



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    Turner- hope Thompson says

    Were thinking of your guys Troy and Jennifer and family , prayers for you guys with loosing Blake . So sorry to hear this !

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    Steve & Karra Heggen says

    Dear Troy, Jennifer & Phoebe-
    Our hearts are saddened at the passing of Blake. We remember Blake as a sweet, active little boy that loved playing outside in our neighborhood. We pray that Jesus carry you with His right hand giving comfort, strength and hope that Blake is in heaven praising the Lord. Deepest sympathy

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    James & Carol Richerson says

    Troy Im so sorry. Prayers

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    Barbara Karr says

    I am so sorry for the loss of your son..please accept my condolences.

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    Jerry Griffin says

    Blake was a sweet, kind, happy, kid, Always fun loving and entertaining. We will miss & remember him always, and know that he will still be with us at every gig.

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    shellie Robertson says

    I’m so sorry to hear of Blake’s passing. I have been checking in on his status through Laura S. My mom passed from the same monster 2 years ago. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. Shellie Jacoby Robertson

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    Jim and DeLoris Clark says

    Jennifer and Troy, We are so sorry for you loss!! Prayers are with you during this time. May the Lord give you the comfort you need during this time. Look to the Lord and He will supply you with His strength. Sending our Love.

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    Jim/Hazel Lauderdale says

    Troy, Jennifer, Phoebe, Tom, Pam, Jeremy, Stacy and kids.
    We were so sad to here of Blake’s death. We know he will be greatly missed.
    We pray for you all in your time of grieving. You have your faith and know one day you all be reunited in God’s kingdom. We pray for God’s comfort, peace and calm in the days to come.
    Jim and Hazel Lauderdale

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    Kathy Samsel says

    My heart goes out to you and your family. We know that God just had other plans. There is not much I can ever say to give your family comfort. God will get you through it. just lean on Him and remember there will be times when He carries you. You are in my prayers.

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    Jeff, Megan, Ellie Rowe & Shirlee Nichols says

    With love and sympathy,
    Megan, Jeff & Ellie Rowe
    Shirlee Nichols

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    Sara, Todd, Gus and Sam France says

    We are so sorry for your loss. Blake had such a great smile. We will always remember him.

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    Theresa Otley says

    Zach and I are praying for your family and will always remember Blakie as Zach’s first best friend. Some of my best memories are those days of us and our boys weeks apart, enjoying our time together. Sending our love and prayers for peace.