WISTER–John Al Garner, Jr., 81, of Wister, passed away Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011 in Talihina. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and owner of Garner’s Garage, which has been passed down from father to son and has been open in Wister for over 100 years.
He was a member of the Wister Fire Department, instrumental in its organization, was Fire Chief and retired from the Fire Department after serving over 24 years. Garner was also a member of the Wister School Board for 25 years and served as mayor of Wister.
Services are Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the First Southern Baptist Church in Wister with Rev. Don Taylor and Rev. PJ Atkinson officiating. Interment will follow in Ellis Chapel Cemetery in Wister under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Al Sr. and Bessie LaRuth (Cox) Garner.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Dorothy of the home; daughter, Sherry Garner of the home; brother and sister-in-law, Jack Wayne and Jimmie Garner of Fort Smith.
Pallbearers are Bocky Martin, Ben Curtis, Mack Essman, Carl Whitlock, Donnie DeWitt and Dean Young. Honorary pallbearers are Ike and Ikie Caudell, and Harrell Bright.
The family will be at the funeral home Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. to visit with relatives and friends.
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