Isiah Gardner was born on Feb. 21, 1939 to the late Ned and Evelina Gardner. He died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019.
Isiah, better known by the nicknames “Picky or Ike” or his favorite title “Poppy,” was educated in the public schools of Charleston County, South Carolina. After serving several years in the Army, he moved to New York City where he met his wife Kisie of 48 years.
After moving to Gloucester, Virginia, in 1980, he became a member of Union Zion Baptist Church under the leadership of the Rev. William E. Upshur. During this time, he was employed by the National Park Service at the Colonial National Historical Park in Yorktown until his retirement.
Isiah was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, brother and friend.
He is survived by his loving wife Kisie; children, Ernest Chisolm, Dwayne Carter (Pleshette), Charles Murrell (Cherry), Don Gardner (Bee Bee), Edna Gardner and Quinton Gardner (Tiffany); 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters Dorothy Wilder, Eunice Rivers (Henry) and Serena Rivers; four sisters-in-law, Sandra Kemp (Raymond), Thelma Brown (Harry), Mary Carter and Flossie Gardner; six brothers-in-law, Henry Rivers, Anthony Vandross, Mark Carter, Steve Carter (Brenda), Patrick Carter (Gloria) and Thomas Carter (Laverne); a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other beloved family members and friends.