Rebecca “Diane” Gardner

Published 2:35 pm Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Rebecca “Diane” Gardner, 74, of Elizabethton, Tenn., passed away on Monday, January 1, 2024, at Johnson City Medical Center. She was born in Baltimore, Md., to the late W.G. Forbes and Dorothy Greer Shuffler.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Wallace Wayne Woody.
Diane was an avid painter and writer. She was the owner of Huckleberry Publishing Company and wrote many articles for the Elizabethton Star and Country Music Magazine in the early 1980’s. She participated in performances at Sycamore Shoals’ “Liberty” and was a member of the Red Hat Society.
Diane loved to socialize with her friends and enjoyed singing in church when she was younger.
It was Diane’s passion to travel. She visited all 50 states and traveled to parts of Europe. Her last trip she was able to take was in 2019 to Hawaii.
Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Jonathan Bart Gardner and wife Becky of Jonesborough; three grandchildren, Kendra Little and husband Matt of Blountville, Sarah Burgner and husband Jared of Jonesborough and Chloe Mancil and husband Joseph of Jonesborough; seven great-grandchildren, Kennedy Little, William Little, Jonathan Little, Lucy Little, Andy Burgner, Jack Anderson Mancil and Opal May Mancil; sister, Deborah Carmon of Missouri; and brother, Scott Shuffler and wife Kimberly of Missouri. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
A service to celebrate the life of Diane will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 7, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home. The family will receive friends between the hours of 1 and 2 p.m. Sunday, prior to the service. Online condolences may be shared with the family and viewed on our website at
Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services are honored to serve the Gardner family. Office: (423) 543-5544.

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