William " Bill" Edward Garner
RED SPRINGS — William "Bill" Edward Garner, Ret. CSM U.S. Army, 73, of Red Springs, passed away on Jan. 7, 2014, at McLeod Hospital in Florence.
The funeral will be 3 p.m. Saturday at the Laurinburg Church of the Nazarene, the Rev. Larry Lawrence. officiating.
William was born April 9, 1940, in Belzoni, Okla., a son of the late William W. and Daisy Apple Garner. He served in the United States Army, retiring after 30 years of dedicated service at command sergeant major. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam War, specializing in Intelligence. He then continued his career in government with the Civil Service.
He was as a member of the Laurinburg Church of the Nazarene, where he served as a trustee, church treasurer and involved with the Hope in Christ Food Pantry Ministry. He was a founder of the 13th ASASA Field Station Association Reunion Group and loved spending time with his family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Jerry Garner.
Bill is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sylvia Garner of their home in Red Springs; his children, Cheryl Olmstead of Springfield, Ill., John Garner and wife Doree of Burlington, Ky., and David Garner of Ludowici, Ga.; a brother, Thomas Garner; his sisters, Melissa Ann Anderson, Alice Faye Stark, Susie Apple, Ruth Beard, Pat Ruiz, Gwendolyn Howard; a sister-in-law, Kay Garner; his grandchildren, Laura Kresse and husband Gregg of Riverton, Ill., Jamie Garner and Jason Garner ,both of Burlington, Ky.; and he was so proud of the upcoming birth of his first great-grandchild.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Laurinburg Church of the Nazarene, P.O. Box 2066, Laurinburg, N.C., 28353.
Richard Boles Funeral Service is serving the Garner family.