2011 at Mobile Infirmary
He was a member of
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.
The service was Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Shady A.M.E. Zion Church with Rev. Douglas James officiating. Burial was in the Red Hill Cemetery in Sunflower. Jackson Memorial Funeral Home directed.