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Steve Garland died at home surrounded by his family on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at Rogersville Funeral Home. A graveside service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Civitan Cemetery with Tim Garland officiating.
Garland was born in Roanoke, Va. on July 7, 1943. He was an outdoor enthusiast and loved hunting, guns and vintage Western movies. Whether he was in the snow-capped mountains of Canada hunting grizzly bears, in the deepest African wilderness among kudu, zebra and elephants, hunting black bears in the Virginia mountains, or in his own back yard tracking quail and deer, his passion was being outdoors with his wife, sons, grandchildren and friends.a rifle in his hand.
A pure outdoorsman, when Garland was a teenager, he was discovered swimming in the New River in Blacksburg, Va. and was awarded a full swimming scholarship to Virginia Tech. He earned numerous swimming honors, including an invitation to the 1968 Olympic Trials. Later in life, he earned his pilot license.
He worked at Moss Lumber Company in Gurley, Ala. for over 25 years and was a faithful member of the Church of Christ.
Garland is survived by his wife, Ann Richardson Garland; children, Greg (Pam) Garland, Michelle Garland Segrest and Tim (Kelly) Garland; grandchildren, Allie, Shelby, Phillip, Bo, Jay, Josh and Jonathan; brother, Tom (Betty) Zimmerman; and a special friend, Millie Goode.
Published in Florence Times Daily on Jan. 14, 2014