LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Howard Duane Garner, 76, died March 1, 2004, in Little Rock.
Born June 13, 1927, in Calico Rock, son of the late Howard T. and Gladys Burns Garner, he was a part-time Church of Christ minister, teacher and song leader. He assisted more than 30 churches in Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky and Oklahoma. A high school graduate of Drumright, Okla., where he earned several athletic, civic and educational awards, he acquired an undergraduate degree from Harding College in Search and his graduate degree from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla. Garner was a teacher, coach and high school principal in Bernie, Bloomfield, Grayridge, Richland and Clarkton, Mo., from 1951-65. Before retiring in 1993, he worked for the Forrest T. Jones Company in Kansas City as regional director of group plans for the Missouri State Teachers Association.
His wife, Emma Jean Gibbons Garner, preceded him in death.
Survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Jeffrey and Judy Garner; two brothers, Jim Garner of Fort Worth, Texas, and Joe Garner of Lubbock Texas; one sister, Myrldene Smith of Kingston, Okla.; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Susie Garner Cruzan.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter, Mo., where services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday. Dale Grissom, minister of the Dexter Church of Christ, will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Chalk Bluff Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be: Jack Gillis, Larry Hillis, Gary Hicks, Stan Flowers, Tim Flowers and Earl Smith.