Melvina  G. Garner, 103, passed away Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at Autumn Care of Biscoe..


Melvina was born April 12, 1917 in Moore County, to the late Willie Wesley and Martha Louise Caviness Garner  She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother.  Melvina loved the Lord and was a faithful member of Smyrna United Methodist Church.  She served on the Administrative Board, taught Sunday school for youth and the Ladies Friendship Class, led Bible study and testified regularly about her faith.  Melvina was a charter member of the United Methodist Women and was one of the founders of the Smyrna Library.  “It’s all about Jesus” was her motto.   Melvina was a homemaker and babysitter for many children. Her gardens were her pride and joy.  She loved to share the crops with everyone she could.


Melvina was preceded in death by husband, Roy M. Garner; sisters: Theo Baulding, Swannie Garner, Ann Brady; brothers: Everett Garner, Walt Garner, Waldo Garner, William (Bill) Garner .  


Melvina is survived by son: James M. Garner and wife Aileen, of Robbins; grandchildren: Gene Garner, Jan Garner; great grandchildren: Zoe Garner, Clay Garner; sister: Stella Powers Phillips; many nieces, nephews and friends.


Graveside service will be 11:00 AM, Friday, April 9, 2021 at Smyrna United Methodist Church Cemetery, with Reverend David Woodhouse and Reverend Edwin Moore officiating.


The body will lie in state from 3:00 to 6:00 PM, Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Kennedy Funeral Home.


Memorial may be made to Smyrna United Methodist Women or Smyrna United Methodist Cemetery Fund, P O Box 1661, Robbins, NC 27325.


Kennedy Funeral Home is serving the Garner family.  


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  1. My deepest sympathy and prayers are with the family. May the Lord be with you and give you peace, strength and comfort as only he can.

  2. Prayers for Melvina’s family! I enjoyed talking with her in person or on the phone. She was straight and to the point about whatever you would talk to her about. In visiting her in her home she would have her Bible out along with a Sunday School quarterly or devotional booklet. She wasn’t hesitant in testifying about her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I am glad for her that she is now with her Lord which is far better than anything here on earth.

    Paul Horner

  3. I know Melvina is in the presence of Jesus & worshiping her Savior! She was always reading her Bible, praying, & witnessing to others. You never left her house without a sermon or words of encouragement! She would give you her last dime if you needed it. She was like a grandma to me & I loved her! Prayers for comfort to Jimmy & Aileen & Family.

  4. Such a pleasure to have had Melvina in my life. She walked the faith and is now walking with Jesus in Heaven. The last time My sisters and I visited her in the nursing home she witnessed to us her love for Jesus. We actually sang “Jesus Loves Me” with her and did a video. At the end she clapped her hands. 🙏🏻

  5. Melvina will be missed by everybody. I will always remember her and her sisters coming to see my Grandmother their Aunt Bettie, and sharing their Christian Faith. Melvina is having great time with her Aunt Bettie and all the rest of the Loved Ones.
    May God Bless Jimmy and the Family.

    David Kennedy and Family

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