Norman Stormy Garner

Norman 'Stormy' Garner

STATESVILLE - Mr. Norman Hezekiah Garner (Stormy), age 65, of Statesville, died Wednesday morning, Sept. 25, 2013, at Catawba Valley Hospital following an extended illness.

He was born March 20, 1948, the son of the late Katie Lou Cowan Garner and Hezekiah Garner. Five siblings, Howard Garner, Willie Lucille Sherrill, John William Garner, Thelma Garner Mills and Ivory L. Garner, preceded him in death.

A graduate of Unity High School in Statesville, he was a member of Cameron Presbyterian Church. Mr. Garner served in the U.S. Army retiring as a sergeant with 23 years of faithful service to his country. His active duties included the Vietnam War and Dessert Storm; and he was an active member of the Army Reserve until his retirement.

His accolades include receiving the Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (20LC), NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device, CONT in 18, Army Lapel Button, Expert Badge M-16, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and the Drive with Air Medal.

Mr. Garner was an active member in good standing of J.C. American Legion Post 107.

Survivors include five daughters, LaToya Corpening of Salisbury, Jamila Mathis of Georgia, Angela Brandon of Statesville, Jaleesa Summers of Statesville, and Alicia Bryan of New Jersey; eight grandchildren; four sisters, Dorothy G. Sloan, Frances G. Wilson (William Wilson), Bettie G. Evans, Bertha G. Davidson, all of Statesville; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Visitation and Service: Visitation is Friday, Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and funeral service at 11:30 a.m. at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church with the pastor, Rev. Dr. Clay Phelps, officiating. Burial with Military Rites will be in the U.S. National Cemetery, Brenner Avenue.

Services are entrusted to Hairston Funeral Home, Inc.

Published in Salisbury Post on Oct. 2, 2013