Eugene 'Gene' Garner


Eugene “Gene” Garner, 86, of Cleveland, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at the family residence after a lengthy illness.

He was the son of the late Roy A. “Pat” and Mary A. Garner. He was also preceded by his wife, Sue Garner; sons: Paul E. and Lewis E. Garner; his grandson, Colby Chastain; and several brothers and sisters.

"Gene" was a retired truck driver. He also worked as a farmer, mechanic and school bus driver, and was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his grandchildren: Andrea Garner, Faith G. Chastain and Dakota Knighten; great-grandchildren: Darwyn Howard, Briasha Garner, Hunter Meadows, Destiny Meadows, Halia Crump, Maddison Chastain, Nollie and Gracyn Knighten; great-great-grandchildren: Zaylen Meadows and Malachi Garner-Whaley; and his daughter-in-law, and caretaker, Kathy Garner.

A Remembrance of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services, Wildwood Avenue Chapel, with the Rev. Jim Hibbard officiating.

The interment will follow at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, with Dakota Knighten, Darwyn Howard, Hunter Meadows, Joshua Chastain Cecil Collins and Kyree Whaley serving as casket bearers.

The family will receive friends today, from 5 until 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

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