For 50 years, small-business executive JR Gardner was a steady presence in his family and a pillar of strength to his six children as they grew up in Atlanta.
"Dad would call every child, every week, every weekend. Every Saturday we knew we would get the call from Dad," said daughter Amy Monroe with a laugh.
She said JR Gardner was a proud man, very eloquent and the epitome of class.
But last summer, at the age of 82, he suffered a stroke and lost his mobility, his memory and his...Full Story