Paul Kennie Eli Garner, 62, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
Born May 31, 1951, in Wilmington, Kennie was the second son of Eddie Vick and Vertle Mae Garner. He attended New Hanover High School, then was in the first graduating class of Hoggard High School. He was an outstanding student, a leader in the band programs and a member of the National Honor Society.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and taught instrumental music in Onslow and Wake County schools. He continued his education at North Carolina Central University, receiving his master's in Library Science and, later, at North Carolina State University, earning masters' in Educational Technology and Supervision. He has been employed with the Brunswick County Schools since 1994, serving at Union Elementary, Shallotte Middle School and Belville Elementary School.
Kennie's passions included playing percussion in the North Myrtle Beach Community Band and playing tuba in the Tuba Christmases held in North and South Carolina. Being librarian for Belville Elementary School for the past eight years brought a great deal of joy to his life.
Kennie is survived by his wife, Alice Lee; his son, Christopher; his daughter, Erin Lee Johnson; and his granddaughter, Iris Lee Johnson.
Visitation was held Friday evening, Jan. 3, 2014, at Coble Ward-Smith, Oleander Chapel in Wilmington. A funeral service was 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at Coble Ward-Smith, Oleander Chapel. Burial was at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
The staff of Coble Ward-Smith is honored to serve the family of Paul Kennie Eli Garner.