Warren L. Garner
Midland, MI-Warren L. Garner, 88, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at Mid Michigan Medical Center.
The son of Clyde Baxter Garner and Vernice (Irwin) Garner was born May 10, 1926, in Port Huron, MI. The Garners moved to Parkersburg, WV, where they bought and operated the Dawn Donut Shop on 1013 Street for a few years. Warren entered school there. They bought a farm in Friars Hill, Greenbrier County, joining the Garner property purchased in 1880. They moved there in 1936 where Warren attended McMillion School, and from there entered and graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1944. He joined McMillion Methodist Church in 1937.
Warren served with the U.S. Army during World War II as a Pvt. 1st Class, Service Company 39th Infantry, and was honorably discharged after two years of service August 1946. Warren attended West Virginia Wesleyan College two and a half years and West Virginia University two and a half years, BS degree, PHI BETA KAPPA, and graduated with a degree in Chemistry. On May 24, 1953, he married Shirleen Marie Satterfield in Indiana. After 59 years of marriage, she preceded him in death Nov. 10, 2012. Warren and Shirleen visited his childhood home yearly for several days in May after his mother passed away in 1993. He always took a walk in the twilight hours to view the stars, not visible in the city, and reminisce.
Warren was a long time member of First United Methodist Church in Midland, where he and his wife Shirleen were very involved with the youth ministry, where they assisted on many group field trips. He also enjoyed traveling and sharing his knowledge with young people.
Surviving are his best friends, Fred Gray, Gary Bobcock, caregiver; Chance Garner and many other friends as well as several distant cousins.
Funeral and committal services for Mr. Garner were held Friday, Oct. 3 at First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Jung Yum officiated with Military Honors provided by the United States Army and the Midland Area Veterans.
Interment was held in Midland Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
The family received friends at the church before the service.
Memorials may be offered to the First United Methodist Church or the ARC of Midland. Personal messages of condolence may be offered at www.wilson-miller.com. Arrangements were under the care of Wilson Miller Funeral Home.