James Garner, Sr

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James Donald Garner, Sr. passed away peacefully on January 21, 2021. He was born on January 1, 1932 in Union, South Carolina. James, commonly known as “Jim” or “Man”, was a graduate of Sims High School, the first Black High School in Union County, South Carolina. After High School, he joined the Army and was stationed in Korea during the war.

Jim accepted Christ at a young age and was a member of St. Luke Baptist Church, Buffalo, South Carolina. Later in life, he would join Liberty Hill Baptist Church, Columbus, Ohio. Jim was ordained to be a Deacon under the late Pastor R.B. McCrary. He continued to serve as a Deacon under the late Pastor Henderson Shaw. He also served as a Trustee and Nurse. He loved being a member of the Male Chorus and leading his favorite song, “This Joy That I Have.” It was rare not to find Jim at the church or out in the community performing missionary tasks. In his final days, he became a member of Springhill Baptist Church under Pastor T.L. Hicklin and attended as often as his health would allow.

Jim was one of the first African American’s to work in the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning field in Columbus, Ohio for over 30 years and retired from Tom Cannon Company.
Jim loved fashion and to coordinate his Sunday’s best for church services. He loved to talk and interact with people and help others. In his 89 years of life, he never met a stranger that he could not talk to about anything. He was an avid sports fans and loved to root for the Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns, and Seattle Seahawks. Jim also played a mean game of Horseshoes.

Jim is predeceased by mother, Daisy R. Jones; wife of 47 years, Joyce F. Garner; brother, Leroy Garner; and daughter Anita Garner.

Jim leaves to cherish his memory his son, James D. Garner, Jr; daughter, Joy Garner; grandchildren, Richard Hough and Delontay Garner; sister-in-law, Enid Jay; and a host of family and friends.

Visitation 9:00 and Funeral 10:00am Saturday, January 30, 2021 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave.

Interment at Green Lawn Cemetery.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Carlton Williamson

    Prayers to the Garner Family

  2. Donald & Sherrie House

    Sorry for the loss of your dad. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs.

  3. James Garner Sr.

    Sending my condolences in the loss of your dad. Praying for you and your family.

  4. Sheila Featherstone

    All God’s Blessings to you cousin. May the wonderful memories in your heart be a comfort for you.

  5. Kim & Andy Shimp

    Sorry for your loss JD. Your affection and care for your father was obvious from the way you spoke of him. Prayers for comfort until you meet again.

  6. Joy, Robo and family,

    We are all so blessed to have known, and absolutely loved & adored Deacon Garner! We look forward to that great day when we all will be together again!

    Praise God for his contribution to this earth and the kingdom of heaven!

    We pray God will comfort you and help you keep in your mind and heart, sweet, loving, and humorous memories.

    Love,
    Hodge, Bond & Williams families

  7. I worked with Jim at Cannons years ago. My thoughts and Prayers are with you all.

  8. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
    May your memories console you and may God sustain you with his precious promise to someday soon reunite us with our love one. Truly sorry for your loss.

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