William C. Garner II


William Calvin Garner II, age 75, was born on August 3, 1944 to the late Lucius H. and Thelma M. Garner. William was a lifelong resident of Toledo, Ohio, and recently moved to Columbus, Ohio to live with his son William III, daughter-in-law Melissa and grandchildren William IV and Laurel.

William was a graduate of Edward Drummond Libbey High School in Toledo and went on to attend Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska. He then answered the call to serve his country and joined the United States Army.

Upon returning home, honorably discharged from the Armed Services, William began employment with the Chrysler Motor Company and became a Union Representative with the United Auto Workers. However, knowing entrepreneurship was his destiny, he, along with his father, Lucius H., started Garner’s Janitorial Service in the late 1970’s. From that period forward, William pursued his passion and was able to build a successful small business that spanned over30 years. Driven by his entrepreneurial spirit, he also created Buckeye Maintenance Services. Always community minded, William was proud that his business was able to provide employment for so many in the Toledo area.

Early in life, William was a member of St. Paul Baptist church but later joined Family Baptist Church where he was an ordained deacon, under the leadership of Pastor Charles McBee. He was also politically active, serving as a precinct committeeman for several years with the Lucas County Democratic Party.

William, known to some as “Butch” was a devoted father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend. Family was the core of his being and he displayed that in every way supporting various activities of family members. He had the privilege of spending an abundance of time with his oldest grandchild, Adrienne N. Garner. During her childhood he was her daily “chauffer” after school. He enjoyed watching sports, specifically football, and attended many local high school and college football and basketball games. Butch was also an avid fisherman. He and his brother -in-law, Warren, spent many hours on the shores of Lake Erie.

William was preceded in death by his parents, Lucius H. and Thelma M. Garner; sister, Theotress Badgett; and brother, McClellan Garner.

William leaves to cherish his memories, son, William III (Melissa); grandchildren, Adrienne N. Garner of Brooklyn, NY, William C. Garner IV, and Laurel B. Garner of Columbus, OH; sisters, Maxine (Marshall) Rose, Linda L. Garner, and Janet M.(Joe) Adams; nephews, Dwayne K. (Joanne) Badgett of Melbourne, FL, Colin B. (Shaunte) Adams of Roseville, NC; nieces, Tiruayer (Ronald) Battle of Woodbury Heights, NJ, Maegan L. (Brandon) Adkins of Columbus, OH, and Erika L. Garner; aunt and uncle, Joan and Charles Moss; brother-In Law, Warren K. Badgett; great nephews, Ronald G. Battle III and Connor Adams; great nieces, Cheyenne Badgett, Aiden Badgett, Teagan Battle, and Kennedy Adams.

Visitation 10:00am and Private Funeral 11:00am Tuesday May 5, 2020 at Dale Riggs Funeral Home 572 Nebraska Ave.

Interment at Forest Cemetery.

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Condolence Messages

  1. To the Garner family,
    May you find strength and courage during this time of sorrow,
    Carol Adams
    Eioleen Adams

  2. John & Leona Searcy

    To my second Family , the Garner’s .
    I’m lost for words at this time of sorrow. I’ve known all of you since early 1950’s , My heart and prayers go out to all you during this time of sorrow and grieving the lost of a great man and a lifetime friend who introduced me to my wife( Leona) of 57 plus years. Rest in Peace my friend.

  3. Yene Alemayehu

    My deepest condolences to the Garner family. Butch rest in peace my dear friend

  4. I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are lifted up for you, Maxine, and for the entire family. May the God of peace and comfort be with you during this difficult time.

  5. Kraig and Nicole McWhorter

    To the Garner family,

    Please know that God is sovereign and the ultimate healer (even in death). We LOVE you Cash and you and your beautiful family will be in our prayers!

  6. James O Martin

    To The Garner Family:
    “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal.” My heart is saddened by your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Remembering my childhood Buddy, “BUTCH.”

    James “Jimmy” Martin

  7. Edward Forrest

    Maxine, Linda, Janet(DeeDee), William(Cash) and family, while I know your hearts are heavy, we ask the Lord to lift you up, comfort you, and sustain you. We must express our gratitude for the time and love Butch poured into our lives. May the Lord bless and keep you all.
    Valerie and Edward Forrest

  8. Ned L Womack

    To my dearest friends “The Garner family”.I share your grief and look forward to the day when you are reunited with your beloved brother “our butch” one day. May God bless and keep you strong.
    Lamont Womack

  9. Johnetta McCollough

    Butch was the no nonsense brother to so many of us wayward 60’s kids.
    I am so sorry for your loss.

  10. Willette C Pope

    To The Garner Family,

    We’re praying that God Will provide all you need.
    Willette Crenshaw Pope and Family

  11. Pastor Yvonne McCoy

    May you find peace in knowing Butch is now in the presences of the Father. No more pain or agony but he has his new body. What joy it must have been to finally seethe face of Jesus. May the Lord bring comfort and peace during this season.

  12. Anna-Marie Robinson

    I’m very sorry for your loss, I’ve prayed that God grants you with Peace and Comforts your heart during this difficult time. He will be missed. It was my pleasure helping with the care for Mr. Garner .
    Anna -Marie @ Dr. Nolan’s office

  13. Harriet Allen

    To the Garner Family,
    Praying the Lord
    Will comfort you with His Peace,
    Surround you with His Love,
    and encourage you with His Presence.
    With Love,
    Harriet Allen
    Aisha Allen

  14. Sharon Crenshaw

    To the Family of William Garner II
    Sharing in your sadness as you remember your loved one. May God be with you at this difficult time. Know that he is at rest, no more pain, no more suffering, but at rest in our Heavenly Father’s arms. In quiet moments recall the memories and cherish them, he will forever be in the hearts of those who loved him. Peace and God’s blessings. Sharon Crenshaw, Chesterfield, VA

  15. Takisha Braswell

    You will be greatly missed Uncle Butch. Thank you for always loving me the same. Rest well in eternal peace.

  16. Pauletta Penn&Delbert. Penn

    We are so very sorry for your loss are prear is that God will grant you all peace . RIP Butch you will forever be missed.

  17. May God bless you and your entire family, love to you, I know you will find peace and love

    Cynthia Cooper
    Marelen Cook

  18. Laura & Cookie Potete


  19. John G. Anderson Jr. (Daye)

    To Linda Garner and the whole Garner Family I send my heartfelt and sincere condolences for the loss of my big cousin and friend Wm. Butch Garner. May the Lord strengthen you all during this very trying and sorrowful time. I pray that my/our Lord on High welcomes the soul of Bro. William C. Garner with open arms, and loves and protects him throughout eternity.

  20. Gina Wimberly

    Praying that the Lord will comfort and keep you in perfect peace during this time.

  21. Craig S. Breitner, Libbey HS Class of 65

    Sorry to see you die so young but apparently the Lord needed you more in his kingdom. RIP Butch. Remembering the days and nights playing football at good old LHS. Butch was a good tough football player, I think I still have some scars to prove it. He will be missed.

  22. Yvonne Hopson

    Linda, I am so sorry for your loss. May our Creator comfort you and your family until he awakens those who have fallen asleep in death as he has promised.

    Yvonne Hopson

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