February 5, 2009
MENDENHALL — Bennie Thames Garner, 75, died Feb. 2, 2009, at Simpson General Hospital–Mendenhall. Services were Wednesday at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Mendenhall. Burial followed at Rocky Hill Cemetery in Magee. Colonial Chapel Funeral Home in Mendenhall was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Garner was born Aug. 23, 1933, to the late Ben and Pearl Rogers Garner. He owned a Ford tractor dealership in Mendenhall, and he was a member of First Baptist Church in Mendenhall. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Garner; and sister, Delores Ponder. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Barnes Garner of Mendenhall; sons, Mitchell and Scott Garner, both of Mendenhall; daughter, Debbie Bertram Jenkins of Columbus; brothers, Wayne Garner of Florence and Jerry Garner of Dallas; sister, Carolyn Davis of Mendenhall; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.