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Willie Ann Garner

October 24, 1931 — July 21, 2015

Willie Ann Horrell Garner, 83, of Glencoe, was born October 24, 1931, in Lunsford, Arkansas. She died Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Her family has been established in Hardy, Arkansas, for several generations. As a young child, her first job was in her father and grandfather Horrell's grocery store. She was a graduate of Hardy High School. She earned a Bachelors degree at Arkansas (Lyon) College in Batesville and a Masters degree from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She had worked as a teacher in Mammoth Spring, Biggers-Reyno, Hardy, Highland, and Salem school districts and was owner of The Quilt Palace in Glencoe. Mrs. Garner's handiwork in quilting won many local, regional, and state awards and was known internationally. She was also bookkeeper for Garner Farms. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and was of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Garner was an avid student of the Bible, having read it through several times. She was preceded in death by her parents, James William Blandford "Bud" and Edith Glenn Hosman Horrell; her niece, Tammy Anderson Danly; her brother-in-law, Elbert Anderson; her brother, Lee Horrell; and her special friend, Linda Gilbreath. Survivors include her husband, Linn Garner of the home; her son, Tom (Shelley) Garner of Glencoe; her daughter, Julea Garner (Brien) Hall of Ash Flat; her sister, Mattie Sue Anderson of West Plains, Missouri, and her brother, Jack (Carolyn ) Horrell of Highland; grandchildren, Lillie Garner Hall, Mark and Kyle Knighten, Katy Kalb; several nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and good friends, including her sister-in-law, Margaret (Garner) Brennan. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Thursday, July 23, in the Tri-County Funeral Home Chapel at Highland with Brien Nix Hall, John Hodges, and Johnny Carter officiating. Burial will follow in Wiles Cemetery at Ash Flat. Pallbearers include Charlie Horrell, Vic Hosman, David Jennings, Fred Lamb, Clint Bailey, and Jerry Morrow. In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to Children's Home in Paragould, Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis, or a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.
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