Jimmy "Yogi" Garner

April 22, 1938August 17, 2013

Jimmy “Yogi” Wayne Garner, 75, of Hixson, finished his brave and lengthy battle with melanoma on Saturday, August 17, 2013. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army and a member of Burks United Methodist Church. He retired from DuPont after 33 years. Yogi had a passion for his family, Alabama football, and bowling. He served on the Chattanooga Area Bowling Assn. Board for many years and was inducted into the CABA Hall of Fame for service. He currently was serving on the Southeastern Bowling Assn. Board of Directors. Yogi served as a Little League baseball coach for 15 years at Middle Valley. He served a long time as Chairman of Pleasant Grove voting Precinct.

He is survived by his wife, Jimmye; sons, Gary (Betty) Garner and Travis (Teena) Garner; granddaughters, Allie and Anna Garner; brother, Billy (Margaret) Garner of Scottsboro, AL.; half siblings, Charles, Tommy, and Johnny Garner and Shirley; and several extended family members, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, G.W. Garner and Emma Holder; and half brother, C. W. Garner.

Visitation will be on Sunday, August, 18, 2013 from 2 to 6 PM at the funeral home.

Funeral Services will be at 11:30 AM on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at the funeral home with Rev. Amy Nutt officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton Memorial Gardens in Hixson.

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to Burks United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 6433 Hixson Pike, Hixson, TN 37343 or Hospice of Chattanooga.

Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory, and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, TN 37343.


  • Visitation Sunday, August 18, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Jimmy "Yogi" Garner

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Reece & Polly Maples

August 19, 2013

We were so sorry to hear of Yogi's passing. Reece and I have known him for so many years through the sport of bowling. He will be missed at all the Tennessee State and Southeast bowling gatherings. Know you are in our prayers during this time of grieve. Reece and Polly Maples

Stephanie Bledsoe

August 19, 2013

I have known Yogi and the family for years. Yogi was always the goofball, if you were having a bad day and if anyone was going to turn that around it would be him. Always smiling, and never a dull moment with him. With being raised pretty much in the bowling alley as my second home, Yogi was pretty much like a grandfather to me. A bowling grandfather. I grew very close to him as the years went on. Just about as far back as I could remember if I had food you better believe he was right there trying to sneak in a bite, every time. He was such an inspiration to me as a young bowler, and I know to many others my age as well. I know he is no longer hurting anymore, and is in such a better place. But walking into a bowling center will never be the same for me not being able to hear his laugh, or see that smile of his. I love you Yogi, you will be missed by many, especially myself. And most importantly, ROLL TIDE!!! :)

Jesse, Wanda & Stephanie Bledsoe

August 18, 2013

We have known Yogi and his family for many, many years. Yogi was always chipper, smiling and always full of life. We love him and his family dearly and he will be missed very very much by all. Jimmye, Gary and Travis, please know that our thoughts and prayers go out to you and we are here for you. We love you

August 18, 2013

We met Yogi 15 years ago. He was always smiling and friendly to everyone. He will be greatly missed.
Our hearts goes out to the family during this difficult time.

Larry and Ruthmarie Spitcaufsky (Chattanooga, Tn)

Rella Jones

August 18, 2013

Jimmy's and family I am so sorry for your loss . May God help through this hard time. Yogi was one of the nices person I will miss him at all the bowling tournaments we go to. I love you your Tennessee t
Friend Rella Jones