Brayden Wallace Gardner, age 17 of Hamilton formerly of Winfield passed away on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at his residence. Brayden was born in Winfield, Alabama on May 6, 2003 to John Gardner and Lindy McCarley Gardner. He was a happy intelligent young man. Brayden was a junior at Hamilton High School, a straight “A” student and very athletic; he loved to play golf and won many tournaments. After high school he had plans to become a psychiatric nurse; this dream was to have an opportunity to help others struggling with emotional issues. Brayden greatest attribute was his “heart of gold” and a smile that would light up the room.
Brayden is survived by his parents, Lindy and Kyle Key of Winfield, sisters, Gabby Key, Lucie Gardner and Georgia Grace Gardner, his brothers and best friends, Gage Key and Greyson Key, grandparents, Helen McCarley of Hamilton, Ben McCarley of Hamilton, Tim & Myra Bray of Hamilton, Steve & Terrie Zinn of Winfield, Lester Jackson Gardner of Hamilton and Sonya Rye Key of Winfield, aunts, Cassie Berryhill (Brandon) of Winfield, Zoe Reese of Guin and an uncle, Daniel McCarley (Danikia) of SC, a host of cousins and other relatives, classmates and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, John Robert Gardner, and his grandparents, Bobby Lee Gardner, Christopher Key, Marvin “Bud” McCarley, Clarence & Lucy McClung.
Funeral services for Brayden will be held on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. from the Bowen Funeral Home Chapel. The visitation will be on Sunday the 20th beginning at 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. (service time) at the funeral home. A private family burial will be held on Monday, September 21, 2020 in the Hamilton City Cemetery. Bowen Funeral Home of Winfield serving the Gardner/Key family.