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Ernest Levi "Lee" Garner Jr.


1944 - 2020
Ernest Levi "Lee" Garner Jr. Obituary
Ernest Levi "Lee" Garner Jr., 75, passed away in Batesville, Mississippi, on February 11, 2020. Born on November 26, 1944, he was the son of Helen Ferrell and E. L. Garner Sr.

Lee grew up in Batesville and graduated from Batesville High School in 1962, serving as president of his class and winning many awards as an outstanding football player. He was selected for All District and All American teams, and was awarded a scholarship to play at the University of Mississippi from 1963 - 1966. He lettered in 1964-1966 under legendary Coach John Vaught and was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1966.

Lee became a building contractor, building homes from 1969 to 1975, after which he was in the card board container business and purchased E.L. Garner Oil from his father at his father's retirement. In addition, he opened numerous Super Saver Convenience Stores which became the fastest growing chain in the United States. For the remainder of his career, he was in the healthcare business and owned Arena One, a well-known and well-respected ranch and venue for cutting horse events. Cutting horse enthusiasts traveled across America to enter competitions at Arena One.

Lee also owned and bred cutting horses, and successfully showed in many events. Between 1990 and 2014, he won or placed in the National Cutting Horse Association World standings 23 times. In 1990, he showed Baldy Freckles and won the NCHA Non-Pro World Championship, and in 1996 showed his NCHA Non-Pro Futurity Champion, Peponitas Acre. He also encouraged young riders to train and show, including his son Lee III, and his grandsons, Levi and Miles.

Lee was predeceased by his parents and one son, deYampert Brame"Dee"Garner who passed away in 2016. Lee loved his family deeply and will be missed by his son, Ernest Levi "Lee" Garner (Beth) of Batesville; one brother, David Garner (Cathy) of Batesville: two sisters, Kay Hasseltine of Keller, Texas, and Joan Mills of Brandon, MS. He especially loved his grandchildren, Levi Garner and Miles Garner of Batesville, and Sloan Garner and Brame Garner, also of Batesville. He leaves several nieces and nephews and a host of friends to remember his "larger than life" personality.

His family will receive friends at Wells Funeral Home in Batesville on Thursday evening, February 13, from 5:00 until 8:00 P.M. A celebration of Lee's life will follow on Friday morning, February 14, at 11:00 A.M., at First United Methodist Church in Batesville, with interment following at Magnolia Cemetery in Batesville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to , the Panola County Humane Society, or a .
Published in Clarion Ledger from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, 2020
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