Obituary Ira Winfred Garner Sr of Carthage

Ira Winfred “Wimp” Garner Sr., 64, of Carthage, passed away at Moore Regional Hospital on March 24th, due to heart complications. 

Born to Charles Lester Garner Sr. and Verlie Hollyfield Garner on July 3rd 1956 in Moore County. He was the youngest of four siblings Hilda Talbert, Christine Simpson (Deceased) and Charles Lester Garner Jr. & wife JoAnn. 

Winfred attended Vass Elementary school and Union Pines HS. Going by the handle name “Cowboy” he drove a tractor-trailer for 20 plus yrs. all across the nation. Winfred openly professed Jesus Christ as his Lord and savior. He loved his family dearly. 

Winfred loved and had a talent for playing the guitar and music in general. He had played with various groups over the years ranging from gospel to bluegrass. He was known for his compassionate heart and used his musical talents to help organize several fundraising benefits for charities and individuals who were in need. He loved to laugh and make others laugh, he always had a joke to tell.   

Winfred is survived by his wife Phyllis Frye Garner, children Jennifer Garner Stroh & husband Ken, Ira Winfred Garner Jr. & wife Danielle, Eric Allen Garner. Grandkids Brielle & Mikal Stroh, and Sydney Garner. Beyond these, there were many cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends that Winfred loved. He will be greatly missed.

There will be a Memorial Service on Thursday, April 1st, at 11 am at Yate’s Thagards Baptist Church 3820 Vass-Carthage Rd Carthage, NC 28327. 

Memorial contributions in his memory may be donated to the St. Jude Children’s research hospital at

Online condolences may be made to

Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

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