Eugene "Honey Bunch" Garner Jr., 78, of Sunflower died Feb. 8, 2011 at Mobile Infirmary Hospital.
He was a member of Mt. Shady A.M.E. Zion Church of Sunflower. He graduated from Preswick High School in Washington County. He served in the United States Army as a medic while stationed in Tokyo, Japan from 1953-1957; and attended Spaulding Business College in Mobile on his return from the serving his country. He was the first charter member of the NAACP in the Washington County chapter and served as president for approximately 20 years. He was retired from Olin Chemical after 35 years he was also the owner and operator of Garner Wrecker Service of Sunflower for 35 years.
Survivors include his devoted wife of 58 years, Mary Ludgood Garner, Sunflower; son, Roberria (JoAnn) Garner, Jackson; two daughters, Norma (Marion) Seals, McIntosh, Cecelia (Manuel) Goodwin, Mobile; his mother, Ruth B. Massey, Mobile; two brothers, John (Carolyn) Massey, Mobile, George (Clotile) Massey, Denver, Colo.; six sisters, Ruth Vaughn, Cleveland, Ohio, Rubye Gilchrist, Jestine (Lemuel) Dickinson, Annie Bumpers, Betty (Phillip) Leslie, all of Mobile, Bernice (Alphonse) Davis, Clarkston, Ga.; nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his adopted parents, Naomi and Eugene Garner; one son, Eugene Garner III; one daughter, Hilda Garner Cox; and his stepfather, Benjamin Massey.
Viewing will be Saturday, Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. until the funeral hour at 11 a.m. at Mt. Shady A.M.E. Zion Church with Rev. Douglas James, pastor, as officiating minister. Burial will follow in the Red Hill Cemetery in Sunflower. Jackson Memorial Funeral Home will direct.