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April 10, 1916-June 17, 2010

MOUNT OLIVE -- Services to celebrate the long and splendid life of Capt. Annie Eudelle Parker Garner, U.S. Army, Ret., will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Tyndall Funeral Home. Officiating will be the Revs. Frank Turner, Paul Rose and Carlisle Franks. The family will receive friends on Monday from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home, and at other times at the

Capt. Garner, 94, passed away on Thursday in her home at Garner's Chapel. She was a native of the Smith Chapel community west of Mount Olive where, as a child, she became a member of the Smith Chapel Methodist Church. Upon her high school graduation, she attended James Walker School of Nursing in Wilmington, after which she enlisted in the United States Army. While in the Army, she served as an army nurse and attained the rank of captain. Upon her returning home, she began a nursing career with employment at the Lenoir County Hospital in Kinston, which was followed at Wayne Memorial in Goldsboro. She also provided private duty nursing. Returning to UNC at Chapel Hill for public health instruction, she became a public health nurse, working with Lenoir and, later, Duplin County health departments until her retirement.

Becoming a resident of the Garner's Chapel community after her marriage to Theron O. Garner, she united with Garner's Chapel Baptist Church which became her church home. She was also a member of the local post of the American Legion.

She is survived by two daughters, Phyllis Garner Sloan Herring of the Garner's Chapel community near Mount Olive, and Dr. Thesia Isadora Garner of Washington, D.C.; three grandchildren, Felicia Sloan Horn and husband, Jack, of Clayton, Adam Garner Sloan and wife, Windy, of Goldsboro, and Annadora Garner of Washington, D.C.; a great-grandson, Liam Claven Sloan of Goldsboro; and from both the Parker and Garner clans, numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by Mr. Garner; her parents, Willoughby and Mattie Godwin Parker; two brothers, Alfred Parker and Russell Parker; and two sisters, Col. Mattie Virginia Parker, U.S. Army, and Willie Mae Parker Swinson.

Though her marriage led to her leaving the Smith Chapel community, her love for the place never left her, and in death, it is there, where her remains will rest amongst kindred in the Flowers-Parker Cemetery. Military honors will be presented after which entombment will take place immediately following the service on Tuesday.

A Tyndall service. (www.tyndallfh.com)


Published in Obituaries on June 20, 2010 12:18 PM