April 30, 1932 ~ December 12, 2011
Harold Evan Garner, 79, a native resident of Southern Pines, died Monday, December 12th at the First Health Hospice House.
Funeral services will be on Thursday, December 15th at 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church of Southern Pines with Dr. David Helms officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday, December 14th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Powell Funeral Home in Southern Pines. Burial will follow at Bethesda Cemetery.
Harold was born on April 30th, 1932 on Broad Street in Southern Pines, the son of Kennie Marvin and Emma Comer Garner. He attended Aberdeen High School, afterwards joining the US Air Force and serving in Germany. After discharge, Harold went to the Embry Riddle Aviation Academy and began working as a commercial pilot. He retired as a Boeing 767 Captain with American Airlines, having logged over 50,000 hours in the air. In retirement, he ran a private charter airline and flew the B-29 and B-24 bombers on the Commemorative Air Force's summer tours. He spent his final years enjoying the North Carolina weather and playing with his grandchildren.
Harold is survived by his wife, Dorothy Johnson Garner of Southern Pines; daughters, Pamela Faye Campen of Rougemont, NC and Melissa Ann Macklin of Newport, NC; sons, Bradley Evan and Gregory William, both of Southern Pines, NC; two brothers, Jerry Leon Garner of North Pole, AK and James Ray Garner of High Point, NC; sister, Doris Moon of Southern Pines, NC and seven grandchildren, Caitlin, Andrew, Emma, Gillian, Shelly, Ashleigh, and Morgan; and great grandchildren, Brenden and Autumn.
Memorials may be made in the name of Harold Garner to either the First Health Hospice House, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374 or to the First Baptist Church, 200 E. New York Ave., Southern Pines, NC 28387.
Powell Funeral Home is serving the Garner family. Online condolences at: www.PinesFunerals.com