Elgie Russell Garner, 88, died Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Pinelake Nursing Center, Carthage, NC, surrounded by her family. 

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, January 23, 2020 at Tabernacle United Methodist Church, where she was a member, with the Reverend Vic Hill officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. 

Elgie was a native of Montgomery County, born December 21, 1931.  She was a homemaker, daycare worker and a nursing assistant over her working career.  Most of all, she was the faithful “preacher’s wife” for her late husband, Reverend Clarence Garner, Sr. They served many United Methodist churches for over 30 years in the North Carolina Conference. She was also a sister, mother and grandmother. Elgie enjoyed caring for her home, her family, interior decorating, arranging flowers and even found time for painting. Her faith in Jesus was evident for her family and others to see on a daily basis.  Elgie was a daughter of the late James Aaron and Doris Elgie Hunsucker Russell and was preceded in death by five siblings; son in law: David L. Barker. 

Elgie is survived by son: Clarence Garner, Jr. and wife Debbie,  daughter: Rosemary Barker, son: James and wife Tanya; grandchildren: Jeremy Brewer, Jason Barker and wife Julie, Kyle W. Barker and wife Heather, W. Troie Barker, Aaron Tyler Garner and wife Alex, James Thomas Garner, Jr. and wife Nicki, Ryan Neal Garner and wife Morgan; 9 great grandchildren; sister: Jane Howell; brothers: Rayvon and Larry Russell; many nieces, nephews and friends.   

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM, Wednesday, January 22, 2020  at Kennedy Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers  memorials may be made to: Tabernacle United Methodist Church,  P. O. Box 395, Robbins, NC 27325

Kennedy Funeral Home is assisting the Garner Family

Condolences may be made to pinesfunerals.com

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  1. My sincere sympathy goes out to the family. I knew your mother and Rev Clarence for many years. Both were very nice people. You are in my prayers. Jean Boone age 90, Eagle Springs NC

  2. We are so sorry for your loss. Larry has been a member of our Davis family for years. Sending many thoughts, prayers and much love to the entire family.

  3. James, Please know that you and your entire family are in my heart and prayers as Elgie joins her LORD and husband to dance in heaven. No words can make your heart feel less grief now but I pray that time will put you heart in God’s Perspective. Carol Ryan

  4. James and Family, I am sorry for your loss. Elgie always had the biggest heart and her smile always brightened up everyone’s day. It was my pleasure to have her as preachers wife while Clarence was our preacher at Doubs Chapel. It’s never easy saying goodbye to a loved one but cherish all the good memories and know that you will see them again one day. Thoughts and Prayers for the coming days for you all..

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