PORT CHARLOTTE, FL May 18, 1944 - April 1, 2018 Linda McCormick "Corm" Gardner, 73, passed on Easter Sunday April 1, 2018, in her Port Charlotte, FL home surrounded by those she loved. Linda was born on May 18, 1944 in Surry County, NC to the late Joseph Woodson and Della Tharington McCormick. She graduated from Surry Central High School in 1961 and was awarded Northwest All-star in Basketball. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Appalachian State Teachers College and her Master of Science in Safety and Driver Education from North Carolina A & T State University. Linda spent the majority of her 30 year teaching/coaching career in the Yadkin County, NC School System. One of her most outstanding accomplishments was creating the Girls Athletic Programs at Forbush High School. Coach Corm's sports dynasty of Conference, Regional & State wins had become one of the most respected in NC. Another notable achievement, Linda became one of the 1st women to serve in the Army National Guard of NC in 1973-75. She was married to Jim Gardner from 1992 till 2002. During retirement she worked as a Golf Course Ranger at Tanglewood Park in Winston-Salem, NC and later moved to Florida in 2013. Linda's passions included a love for Elvis, playing and/or coaching sports, especially an adult softball team the MG's, college basketball, working outside in her yard and any number of DIY projects. She also spent most of her lifetime lovingly caring for her several dachshunds. Linda was preceded in death by her sisters, Peggy A. McCormick and Nancy Marie (McCormick) Brown; and nephews, Kenneth W. Danner and Richard J. Danner. She is survived by her sister, Luralene Danner; and nieces, Kathy Marie (Brown) Cobucci and Anita Carolyn (Brown) Cayton. All are welcome to attend her Celebration of Life Memorial Service "REMEMBERING CORM", officiated by Anita Brown Cayton, on FRIDAY, MAY 18th, 7:00 p.m. at FORBUSH HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM, 1525 Falcon Road, East Bend, NC 27018

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