FAYETTEVILLE - On Sunday Nov. 6, 2011, we lost a friend, a brother and a son. Richard Anthony Garner, also known as "Ragman" was born Nov. 19,1958, in Clarksville, Tenn. Richard grew up in Fayetteville and attended Cliffdale, Ann Chestnut and Seventy-First schools. He was a graduate of Marion Military Institute, where he was a member of the "White Knights" precision rifle demonstration team. Richard wore the black beret of the renowned Francis Marion Swamp Foxes and lettered in both football and baseball. After completing four years at MMI he moved on to the University of Alabama "ROLL TIDE." Then it was on to East Carolina, where he graduated with a double major, was a member of Pi Kappa Phi and proudly served in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant. Richard played numerous employment roles. In high school it was the tobacco fields of the Gillis and Lindsay Farm. Next, as an assistant manager for K &K Toys, promotions and marketing for a chain of fitness clubs, case worker for several substance abuse programs and then he was introduced to the wonderful world of radio. Richard led his Rock 103 sales team to exceed all expectations and won the Cumulus Broadcasting Salesman of the Year award. He was also owner of Am Pro Pressure Washing and Lawn Care Service and a partner at ER Marketing. Richard was a stand-up comedian and loved to hunt and fish with his dad. His passion was sporting events and concerts with his bothers and friends. He is survived by his mother , Elizabeth Garner, a retired oncology nurse at Cape Fear Valley for more than 20 years; father, retired Green Beret, Master Sgt. James E Garner Jr. of Vass; sister, Libby Carol Wheeler; brother, Duayne "Ducky" Garner of Wilmington; brother, Garry M. Garner of Fayetteville; numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins; and a grandmother, "Bama" who turns 99 in January. He also leaves behind his lifelong companion of 13 years, his yellow lab, Buckwheat. After a long battle with colon cancer, he won the war and now walks with the Angels! The family will receive friends today, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, form 7 to 9 p.m. at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home in Fayetteville. Funeral services will be held at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home chapel on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at 3 p.m. He will be laid to rest in Lafayette Memorial Park West with military honors. Services entrusted to Rogers and Breece Funeral Home of Fayetteville.
Published in Fayetteville Observer from Nov. 8 to Nov. 9, 2011.