Obituary for Donald Reece Garner of Carthage

Donald (Don) Reece Garner of Carthage went home to be with the Lord on January 21, 2022.  He passed away peacefully at his home in Carthage, North Carolina.  Don was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many people in the community.  He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Wanda Whitaker Garner.

Don was born in Randolph County on August 8, 1946.  He was preceded in death by his father, Elvin “Pete,” and his mother, Madar Brady Garner, also from Randolph County.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sister, Elva Lou Maness of Bennett, NC; daughter, Donna Garner, of Carthage, NC; son, Ryan Garner of Robbins, NC; stepsons, Brian Phillips of Rowland, NC; Kevin Phillips, (Kellie) of Conover, NC; and Shannon Phillips of Highfalls, NC; grandchildren, Makayla Garner of Robbins; Van Ritter of Carthage, NC; Jacob Phillips of Bennett, NC; Hannah Phillips of Fort Myers, FL; Samuel Phillips of Raleigh, NC; Maddy Phillips of Conover, NC; and Jack Phillips of Conover, NC

Don served his country for two years in the United States Army.  He was the General Manager of Randolph Electric in Robbins, NC for many years.  He later became the Office Manager at Speer Concrete in Carthage, NC.  Don was known for being a “people person” who made everyone feel special.  He was known for his kindness and helping nature.  He and his wife, Wanda, were the original creators of the Five Mile Flea Market on Joel Road in Carthage, NC.  

A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at 2 pm at Yates-Thagard Baptist Church in Carthage with Sammy Frye, Darrell Garner, and Steve Johnson officiating.  A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.  Burial with Military Honors, will follow at Yates Thagard cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Memory of Don Garner to Yates Thagard Baptist Church, 3820 Vass Carthage Rd., Carthage, NC 28327. 

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Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is honored to serve the Garner family.

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