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

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  1. I’ve been freinds with his brother Jim for years and have seen the close bond between the two! Also called him freind myself.love to the family ,will always remember his outgoing personality!

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you gather to celebrate Harold’s life. May you feel God’s loving arms around you.
    Rich & Yvonne

  3. Our condolences and prayers on your loss. Hal was not only a great aviator, but a quintessential southern gentleman who was truly enjoyable to fly with. I remember my many times as his copilot with great fondness. Most important, Hal was a great family ma

  4. Dot and Family: I am truly sorry for you loss. Harold was one of the kindest gentlemen I have had the pleasure of knowing. From the time I joined the CAF, he took me under his wing and always made me feel welcome. He will be greatly missed.

  5. Dear Garner Family,
    I just learned of Hal’s passing, and am very sorry for you and those who knew Hal.
    I am a retired American Captain and flew many trips with Hal when I was a Flight Engineer and Co-Pilot.
    Hal was as kind, generous, and fr

  6. I just read the obituary of Harold. I am very sorry for your loss.

    Harold was a great person and very kind. I hope you are doing well.

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