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Camella "Millie" Garner

February 27, 1922 — June 5, 2017

Camella "Millie" Garner

Nobles Funeral Home and Crematory announces the services for Georgia Camella “Millie” Comer Garner, 95, who passed away Monday, June 5, 2017, at Lakeview Retirement Center, Baxley, Georgia. Mrs. Garner was born in Bartow, Polk County, Florida, and resided in Berrien County, Georgia, where she briefly taught at New Lois School. In 1942, she enrolled at Berry College in Rome, Georgia, and in May of that year married her sweetheart Algerine “Al” Garner and they began their 70 year marriage together. They moved from Rome to Baxley in 1955. Millie and Al were a part of that Greatest Generation that Tom Brokaw wrote about. Her brother Hubert was lost at sea off the coast of Normandy June 8, 1944, two days after the allied invasion. She and Al and their families endured the great depression, World War II and Korea. Mrs. Garner was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church where she served in various capacities over the years.

She was preceded in death by her husband Algerine D. Garner, a son, Stephen Thomas Garner; a daughter, Barbara Carol Garner; four brothers, Harold Comer, Hubert Comer, James “Jim” Comer and Gerald “Jerry” Comer.

She is survived by one son, Roger Garner and wife Yolonda “Tootsie” Hires Garner of Baxley; two daughters, Jane Coleman and husband David Coleman of Baxley, and Bonnie Coleman and husband Steve Coleman of Baxley; ten grandchildren: Heather (Stephen) Hale, Sam (Cindy) Coleman, Luke (Nicole) Coleman, Jim (Faith) Coleman; Matt (Jennifer) Coleman, Anna (Tracy) Tyre, Sarah Crosby, Rebecca (Daniel) Carter, Asa (Tonya) Garner, and John (Kristy) Garner; 21 great-grandchildren; one sister, Barbara Carter of Haysville, Kansas; one brother, Murray Comer of Madison, Florida; special lifelong friend Novelle Dennis of Newnan, Georgia; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family.

Funeral services are today, Thursday, June 8, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Baxley, Georgia, with visitation being held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. prior to the service. Officiating at the services are Reverend Darrell Quinn, Pastor of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, and Dr. Paul Dennis of Newnan, Georgia.

 Active pallbearers are Sam Coleman, Luke Coleman, Jim Coleman, Matt Coleman, Asa Garner, John Garner, Stephen Hale and Daniel Carter.

Honorary pallbearers were all friends in attendance.

Musical selections are presented by Jonathan and Ansley Hickox, Rick and Ann Herndon, Tammy Anderson, pianist, and granddaughter Heather Hale.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Georgia Special Olympics at specialolympicsga.org or Gracewood State Hospital, Augusta, Georgia.

Millie Garner’s family wishes to thank everyone for your attendance, your prayers, love and support, with special gratitude to Mrs. Rhonda Carter, to the staff, employees, and residents of Lakeview Retirement Center and to Southern Care Hospice of Vidalia. Our Mother “Mama”, Grandmother “Nanny”, was the ultimate wife, mother, grandmother, homemaker, hostess, caregiver, friend… Granddaughter Anna Garner Tyre’s writing well expresses feelings of each of us today…..”My Papa always talked about how beautiful my Nanny's hands were... and he was right. These precious hands took care of many a baby, showed us how to cook and bake, and folded in prayer for us all. What an amazing woman she was..and oh how I'll miss her! My heart is comforted by all of your precious prayers, kind words and the fact that her body is completely healed! What a reunion that must have been in heaven...

Nobles Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to be serving the family of Georgia Camella “Millie” Comer Garner.

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