James Thomas Garner Jr.

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James Thomas “JT”  Garner, Jr., 33, died Wednesday, December 13, 2023 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, surrounded by his family. 

Memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM, Monday, December 18, 2023 at Tabernacle United Methodist Church, with the Reverend Vic Hill officiating.  The family will receive friends following the service in the  church fellowship hall. 

JT was a graduate of North Moore High School, where he played baseball.   He attended Sandhills Community College.  He was employed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation as an Engineering Technician.  JT loved his family and all the time he spent with his son ,“JJ”.   He will be remembered for his love of all kinds of sports and being a Duke basketball fan.  JT enjoyed being outdoors, taking long walks, fishing and trips to Emerald Isle beach. JT loved animals, especially dogs.   He was a music fan of “KISS” and Morgan Wallen.  He was preceded in death by grandparents: Rev. Clarence and Elgie Garner. 

JT is survived by son: James ‘JJ’ Thomas Garner, III; his “8th grade sweetheart”  and wife, Nicki; parents: James, Sr. and Tanya Garner;, brother: Ryan Neal Garner and wife Morgan; grandparents: Thomas and Marlene Anton; nieces, nephew, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.   

In lieu of flowers  memorials may be made to: Tabernacle United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund,  P. O. Box 395,  Robbins, NC 27325 or the Moore County Animal Shelter

Kennedy Funeral Home is assisting the Garner Family

Condolences may be made to pinesfunerals.com

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  1. James, Tanya, and Family,
    We are so,so sorry to hear this terribly sad news! Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers! May God walk beside you and give you peace! ❤️🙏🏻

    Jimmy and Shirley Andrews

  2. We’re so sorry to hear this. Nicki, JJ, Tanya, James, Ryan, and all the family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you all.
    Lori Johnson
    Noah and Matthew

  3. James, Tanya, Ryan, Nicki and family,
    Kim and I are grieved for you all in your loss of J.T. A fine young man with great promise, integrity and respect. He will be missed. You are all in our prayers. May God cradle you all in His loving arms in your grief and in the days to come. We love you. Kim and Bruce Williams

  4. Nicki I am so sorry to hear this. My love and prayers are steady for you, JJ and all the family. Love you so.

  5. Our sincere sympathy to all the family. May God’s loving comfort and peace be upon each of you. You will be in our prayers!

  6. Many fond memories included JT growing up in elementary, middle, high school and living nearby. He was blessed with a wonderful family growing up, and a wonderful family in Nicki & JJ. His presence & traits will live on in JJ. I wish I could take away your pain. Praying for peace and strength in the days ahead Tanya, James, Ryan, Nicki, JJ & all!
    Kara LeGrand Beaman & family

  7. JT had a pure heart. We had many fun times together in high school and I am so sorry for his loss. May the Lord provide comfort and peace to his family.
    -Will Upchurch

  8. We are so very sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathies to everyone ♥️.
    Love and prayers,
    Michael &Trinnie. Slone

  9. JT was a fine young man. I watched him as he was reared by his church family. He will always have a special place in my heart. Tanya, James and Ryan…you are in my prayers and know that we are feeling your loss. ❤️🙏🏻

  10. I so enjoyed having JT as a student, I am so sorry for your loss, I know this pain well and I will be praying constantly for your family

  11. Dearest Garner Family,
    May God be ever near you as you walk through this together. He is near to the broken-hearted.
    May His peace be with you.
    Karen McCulloch

  12. To Tanya & Family,
    Few words can express the heartfelt sympathy that goes out to you for the loss of your son. As God continues to comfort you, remember that JT is in total peace now.

    Love you,

    Tamika Shamberger

  13. So, so sorry to hear this news! My heart goes out to you all!

    Lord, I ask You in Jesus name to hold this family in the palms of Your hands. I ask You pour out Your strength, Your peace, Your love, & Your grace in these trying times as well as in these up & coming days ahead. Lord, Your Faithfulness to help Your children is from everlasting to everlasting. Let your caring and loving heart be seen, felt, and experienced each step of the way as this family moves forward toward healing. May they all know the height, the depth, the width, and the length of Your Great Love! May the Lord bless you & keep you all; May the Lord make His face to shine on you all & be gracious to you; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you all & give you His peace! (Numbers 6:24-26)
    In Jesus Christs name I ask and pray. Amen, amen.

  14. James,Tanya & family… I still think of JT as a brother. I will always miss him. He was my partner in crime at work and my rock away from work. He spoke of his family often especially JJ and loved all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you now and always

  15. Tanya and all family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Praying that God will wrap you in his arms and comfort you at this difficult time. Love you.

  16. JT was a special boy. He, Jonathan & Stainless had some great sleepovers & rambunctious times at our house. Our love & prayers are with you.

    Tammy Cockman & family

  17. I went to middle school for 1 year and high school 4 years with JT! He was always liked to laugh and make jokes. He was always kind to me when others were not, simply because of the color or my skin.

    I remember how he was crazy about Nicki from as early as 9th grade band camp.

    I can’t imagine the whirlwind of emotions that everyone connected to JT is feeling, so I’ll leave you with this.

    No matter how far a person goes, the love they have shown you will forever be in your heart. Hold on to that when the times seem tough.

    Godspeed, peace and blessings is my prayer for all connected to JT!

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