Joseph William Garner, 81, of Robbins, passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at his home.  

    Visitation will be from 1 – 2 pm on Saturday, June 9, at the First Wesleyan Church in Robbins.  The funeral service will be held at the church at 2 pm, with pastors Hubert McLeod and Cameron Dockery officiating the service.  Burial, with Military Honors, will follow at Pine Rest Cemetery.

    A native of Moore County, Joseph was born to the late Jonah E. Garner and Laura Brown Garner on August 27, 1936.  He was a 1954 graduate of Elise High School. He served in the United States Army from 1960 – 1962, stationed in Korea.  Joe worked for Sears and Roebuck in Greensboro, NC for over 30 years. In his free time, he enjoyed gardening, playing cards, going to yard sales, pitching horseshoes, reading, doing crossword puzzles, fishing, and spending time in God’s Word.  He loved spending time with his family and friends, as well as enjoying time spent with his church family.

    In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Joseph Bryan Garner, sisters Geneva Lemonds, Faye Stephenson, Mary Dunlap, Ann Early, and Louise Cole.  He is survived by his brother, James Paul Garner.

    He is also survived by his wife, Loretta McLeod Garner, daughter Deborah Marley, daughter Heather Albers (Cory), and son Jeff Garner (Jennifer), all of Robbins.  He is survived by grandchildren Samantha Garner, JB Garner, Trevor Garner, Shannon Marley, CJ Albers, Natalie Garner, Rachel Garner, and Hudson Albers, along with one great granddaughter, Leah Dunn.

    Kennedy Funeral Home is serving the Garner family.  

    The Garner family would like to thank First Health Hospice for all the care and support they provided.  A special thanks is also extended to family relatives, George and Wanda Crandol, for all their love and support during Mr. Garner’s illness.

    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to FirstHealth Hospice and Palliative Care, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374.

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  1. Going to miss you Joe. Some of my favorite memories as a child revolve around your house and a deck of cards…walking home way after ‘dark-thirty’ because we were there for hours. Love you all forever my friends, actually family.-  Donna, Patton and Morg

  2. We are sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He will be missed. May God give you his peace and comfort that passes all understanding. You all are in our prayers.
    (We know that our dad, Roger, is so excited to see him.)

  3. What can I say, except what I always say…next to my own Father is my Uncle Joe! So many wonderful precious memories of my childhood were with Joe and Loretta, either at their home, ours or family vacation trips. Precious time with my cousins whom I love

  4. We knew Joe from auctions, he was always a friendly and very likable person. Our thoughts and prayers to the family during this time,

  5. Dear Garner family, I am so sorry to have read of the recent death of your loved one Joseph. Please accept my most sincere condolences. May you find the comfort from the Scriptures at John 5:28,29 where Jehovah God promises a resurrection of our loved one

  6. Mrs. Garner, Deborah. Heather. Jeff and family,
    –  –  –  I was saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Garner. I will always be appreciative of his pleasant demeanor . He was always encouraging and supportive of me in my years at Westmoore-  and man

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