Robert Garner Jr.

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GARNER, Robert, Jr. Robert Athel Garner, Jr. of Atlanta died peacefully at home on Thursday, February 24, 2011. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Palma Kelley Garner. He is also survived by his sons, Robert A. Garner, III of Atlanta, GA. Michael Kelley Garner of Suwanee, GA, his wife Stephanie and son Nicholas. Richard Murphy Garner of Cumming, GA, his wife Jodi, daughter Caroline and son Murphy. Christopher Lynn Garner of Atlanta, GA, his wife Carol and daughter Sarah. Phillip Andrew Garner of Cornelius, NC, his wife Sharon, son Andrew and daughter Emily. He is also survived by his sister Mary Garner Manget of Duluth, GA and nieces Jeanne Manget, Diane Manget Stubbs, her husband Robert, and Lynn Manget Able. Mr. Garner was born in Atlanta on August 16, 1923, son of Robert A. Garner, Sr. and Beulah Elizabeth Murphy Garner. He graduated from North Fulton High School and attended Emory University where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943 and served as a pilot in the Pacific during the closing days of World War II. He and Pal were married in 1945 and after leaving the Navy he returned to school graduating from the University of Georgia. They lived in Millen, GA where their families owned the Kelley/Garner Canning Company. They returned to Atlanta in 1961 where he was active in the floor covering industry for many years. Bob was an original founding board member of the Decatur DeKalb YMCA Youth Soccer Program. He coached in this, the first youth soccer league in the Atlanta area, for many years opening this sport to thousands of local children and helping to make soccer the popular youth sport that it has become today. The family will receive visitors in the Parlor at Oak Grove United Methodist Church on Friday, March 4, 2011 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm. A graveside interment service will be on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 11:00am at Norcross City Cemetery (Buford Highway and Cemetery Street). In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Decatur DeKalb YMCA Youth Soccer Program at 1100 Clairmont Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030. Arrangemenets by SouthCare Cremation Society and Memorial Centers in Marietta. (770) 420-5557
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South Care Cremation and Funeral Society- Marietta
595 Franklin Rd. SE Marietta, GA 30067
770-420-5557
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Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Feb. 25 to Mar. 2, 2011
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