About the Author

Growing up in the city of Columbia, South Carolina, June McManus married Norman Gardner at the age of nineteen and for over sixty-three years she served as a pastor’s wife. During that time they lived in the states of Texas, Illinois, Florida, North Carolina, and several places in South Carolina, while serving ten churches. 

June is an experienced writer who started by writing articles and curriculum for LifeWay of the Southern Baptist Convention.  She began writing family history books in 2012 covering and completing a series of seven books in 2018. In addition, June has written two books about the local history of the Colonial Heights community in Columbia, SC, and the New Prospect community, church, and schools in Spartanburg County.

Graduates of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, June’s husband, Norman passed away on Memorial Day, 2021 after sixty-six years of marriage. As a memorial to him in 2022, she completed three books he had started and wrote a book about grief.