On September 20, 1927, Texie Elder Garner was born to the late Williams and Alice Brown Garner, of Robbins.  On Friday, March 19, 2021, at FirstHealth Hospice House, at the age of 93, God welcomed his true and faithful servant into His heavenly home.


Texie grew up in Northern Moore County, in the Westmoore Community.  She was the 7th of 10 children. She loved her family dearly. She worked in textiles, then settled in Carthage, where she worked as a poultry farmer for more than 50 years.  She always had a garden and loved sharing the bounty, especially her green beans.  She was a hard worker.  When there was a job, she got it done without question. In later years, Texie was affectionately known as Nannie, as she continued to share and teach many generations.


Texie was a quiet and Godly woman.


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Worthy Garner, they were married 64 years before his death in 2009. She also was preceded in death by sisters: Grace Cockman, Edna May, Flora Cagle, Donna Rose Ritter; brothers: Hardy Garner, Coolidge Garner, Russell Garner, Herbert Garner.


Texie is survived by daughter: Wanda Lou Steele (Preston); grandsons: Adam (Ashley), Stainles (Sophie); great grandchildren: Briana, Kelsey, Adena, Hunter, Lilly Ann, Walker, Aliyana (better know as Tater); sister; Ethelene Davis; along with a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.


The family would like to thank all the staff at Moore Regional Hospital, Pinelake Rehabilitation and especially FirstHealth Hospice House, for their caring heart and touch..


Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Flint Hill Baptist Church, where she was a member, with the Reverend William Hancock officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. 


The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM, Monday, March 22, 2021 at Kennedy Funeral Home.


Memorials may be made to: Friend to Friend, P O Box 1508, Carthage, NC 28327; Meals on Wheels of the Sandhills, 425 Dogwood Lane, Southern Pines, NC 28387.


The family asked that we follow COVID precautions, including wearing a mask during all services. 


Kennedy Funeral home is honored to serve the Garner family.


Online condolences may be made at pinesfunerals.com  

Memories Timeline


  1. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Texie’s family. I have known Texie since I was a child. She went to Flint Hill Baptist Church and Flint Hill is the first Church I went to from my childhood days until my early teen years. Texie was always friendly to everyone and she remained faithful in her service to the Lord throughout the years. I am glad for Texie that she has gone to be with her Lord. I am so sorry for Wanda and the rest of her family and friends because she will be missed by them. May each one look to the Lord for comfort, help and strength during this time of grief. Read John chapter 14, for comfort during this time.

    Paul and Linda Horner

  2. I feel so bless to have gotten to known MS.Texie this past year. She was wonderful Christian lady , who shared with me her dedication to reading Gods word daily.
    Love and my deepest sympathy to Wanda and family. May memories bring comfort at this time

  3. Texie was a wonderful Christian woman who lived her testimony every day! May the Lord wrap his arms around Wanda at this time and comfort her.

  4. Wanda,

    Prayers to you Wanda, you were a devoted loving daughter to your mother.
    What a beautiful life and family ! Cherish the memories.

  5. Wanda and family, You have our deepest thoughts and prayers. Texie was a wonderful person and Worthy was our first cousin. He was so good to mama all those years that Daddy was bedridden. He could always be depended on to visit and help out. Mama loved Texie and said she was so happy when she found that she was expecting Wanda. She was the best. We were so glad to get to speak to her last week at Pine Lake. Love Bradie Taylor and Jean Boone

  6. Texie Garner was an inspiration to all that knew her. I was privileged to have been her neighbor for many years. I grew up across the road and Texie was like a second mother to me. Texie was a wonderful Christian woman with a heart of gold. She was steady and strong and always close by in times of need. I will miss her sweetness and stopping by for a hug when I could. She was family. I love you Wanda. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Wanda….you have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your mom. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Love Judy Watts Bauguess

  8. Wanda, your Mother was a wonderful Christian woman. Her light shone bright. Love and prayers for the Holy Spirit to bring comfort and peace during your time of grief. You are a wonderful daughter. God Bless each of you. Much love and many prayers always.

  9. Wanda your family is in our thoughts and prayers texie was a good Christian woman we going to miss her and we no we see her again one day

  10. Wanda & Preston –
    You are in my heart! The loss of your mama is like no other. So every day, hold on to each other & remember the wonderful years Mama-Texie devoted to you. She gave you life & the love she shared was eternal! Hold fast to everything she taught you! Her reward will be great! I know you are thankful for her life – and you can thank God for assigning her to be your mama! ♥️♥️♥️
    Y’all took such great care of her, when she needed you the most! I admire your devotion!
    We Love y’all & appreciate your special friendship to us!
    Gala & family

  11. She was such a sweet, kind woman. When she smiled, her eyes would twinkle and her face shone with love. May the Lord bless you Wanda Lou and all of your family with comfort at this time and the days ahead. You have the assurance of knowing she is in heaven celebrating!

  12. Sending much love and condolences to Wanda and the family, Texie was a big part of my childhood and always a very special lady. Rest easy Ms. Texie…

  13. To Wanda Lou and families… So blessed to have had such a precious mother! You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    I love you!

  14. Wanda and family,
    Kim and I are grieved for you at your loss of Mrs. Garner. A sweet, loving lady. May God cradle you in His
    loving arms now in your grief and in the days to come. We love you. Bruce and Kim Williams

  15. Wanda, I was so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing.Mama sends her sympathies.She said I wished I could have gone to see her and talked to her one more time.Please know we are praying for you and your family.Love you Wanda!

  16. Texie,Worthy and Wanda Lou was a wonderful memory of my childhood. I lived visiting them when I visited family across the rode playing with Wanda Lou and Brenda❤️

  17. Dear Wanda and family, Miss Texie was such a sweetheart! She had such a sweet Christian spirit about her. You have all been in our thoughts and prayers. We know that you will grieve, but thank God you don’t have to grieve as those who have no hope. We know we will see her again when we are all reunited in heaven. May our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ grant you His peace and comfort. Love, Bill & Jayrene Maness

  18. My prayers go out for Wanda and family. Losing a Mother is hard no matter how old you are. I lost mine on 6/22/2020 and it seems like it took this long just to grieve…. dementia made her different than the Mother that I had known my whole life. Texie was such a sweetheart! I have fond memories of the whole Garner family and I knew her the best! ( Other than Hardy). I hope to join our loved ones someday in a better place than this world we are living in now. Love you Wanda. Dougie

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