Donald Hope Garner, 95, of Benton, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House in Bryant. He was born September 14, 1917 in Fordyce, to the late William Ed and Lulu Tolson Garner. Mr. Garner was a United States WWII Army Veteran. He was 32 Degree Mason and a member of the Benton Masonic Lodge #34, a member of the Benton Chapter 231 Order of the Eastern Star, and volunteered at Saline Memorial Auxiliary for twenty years. He was also a member of Highland Heights Baptist Church in Benton and had retired after forty years from the United States Soil Conservation.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Rickey Harris; two granddaughters, Shannon Harris and LeAnn Harris; one nephew, R.L. Smith, and his siblings, Alice Herman, Thelma Garner, Birdie Nelms, Dora Ramsy, and Pete Garner.
He is survived by his wife, Virgie Garner of Benton; son, Bobby Harris of Benton; daughter-in-law, Chrys Harris of Benton; three grandchildren, Heath Harris, Heather Reeves and husband, Tim, and Brian Harris and wife, Jessica; six great-grandchildren; two nieces, Margie Nance and Ann Daniels, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 28, at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton with Bro. Bob Stuckey and Bro. Brian Moore officiating. Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Wheeler Cemetery in Fordyce, with Ted Daniels officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Roger Lacy, Nuben Wray, Jimmy Mitchem, James Smallwood, Tommy Adams, and Jim Kane.
Visitation will be one hour prior to service time on Thursday, March 28 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House, 23157 Interstate 30, Bryant, AR 72022.
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