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James Max Gardner Jr

March 13, 1954 ~ August 11, 2019 (age 65)

James “Max” Gardner Jr. died on August 11, 2019 at University Medical Center in New Orleans due to Respiratory Failure. Max was born on March 13, 1954 in West Point, Mississippi. Loving brother of Ann Gardner Crosby (Howard), loving uncle of Brannon Saurage Gillies (Michael Verges) and loving great uncle of Tyler Menesses. Also survived by several loving aunts, uncles and many cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents, James Gardner Sr. and Martha Ann Hunter Barnhill as well as his stepfather, Richard Barnhill Jr.
Max attended Mississippi State University and was a skilled and talented musician. He loved playing his keyboard, telling stories, eating crawfish, fishing and spending time with family and friends.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff at University Medical Center for their loving and compassionate care in his final days.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 16, 2019 at Greenwood Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd., New Orleans. Visitation will begin at 12:00 p.m. To sign the online guestbook please visit


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