Obituary for Charles Garner of Vass

Charles “Tommie” Garner, 90, of Vass, NC, passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2023 at FirstHeatlh Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst. 

Tommie was born December 20, 1932 in Robbins, NC to the late Pearlie and Rosa Bullington Garner.  He proudly served is country in the US Army.  He married Betty McIntosh in 1956 and they were happily married until her passing in 2011.  He worked as a Long Distance Truck Driver for 55 years.  He thoroughly enjoyed his job and won several awards for his safe driving skills; one of which was an award for driving more than three million miles without an accident.  He also enjoyed construction work and operating heavy equipment. His past-times included playing the piano, riding motorcycles and spending every day with his two Pomeranians, Luddy & Leo. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend of many who will be dearly missed.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at Union Presbyterian Church Cemetery on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 2:00PM.  A link to a livestream of the service will be available on the Boles Funeral Home website under the Tribute Wall page of the obituary.  

Left to cherish his memory is his daughter, Pamela Whitesell; granddaughter, Britt Whitesell Biles (Lacey); two great-grandsons Talbot and Hough Biles; as well as other extended family.

In addition to his parents; wife Betty; he was also preceded in death by two sisters, Zenobia Richardson and Rachel Richardson.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in his memory to The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741 or

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Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.  

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