Mary Jolene Garner
November 23, 1928 – July 20, 2020
MARY JOLENE GARNER, age 91, of Little Rock died Monday July 20, 2020. She was a member of Parkway Place Baptist Church, where she enjoyed participating in her weekly call-in Sunday School class.
She grew up in poverty during the Great Depression, but she was always surrounded by a large and loving family. In addition to her mother, she had great admiration and affection for her aunt, Dolly Mills Hutchinson, and her grandmother Eliza Jane (Finn) Davis, who she called Granny.
She married Lewis A. Garner Sr., a World War II veteran, in 1949. Together, they built a lovely home and shielded their two sons from the pain of poverty and war which had been so prevalent in their own early lives. Education was important to her. She encouraged her sons to go to college, and they did. A generation later, both of her granddaughters graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, one as a Doctor of Medicine and one as a Doctor of Pharmacy. She was so proud of them. She treasured the time she spent with her granddaughters, and most recently, her great granddaughter, Elise Byram.
She is survived by her two sons, Lewis Garner and his wife Betty, and Jeff Garner and his wife Kristen; two granddaughters, Kristin Garner and Lauren Byram; one great granddaughter, Elise Byram; one sister, Ruth Ann Moore.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis A. Garner, Sr.; parents, Paul Davis and Ila Mills Davis; four sisters, Juanita Davis, Lois Davis Kirby, Rose Marie Davis Womack, Linda Davis; four brothers, John Wayne Davis, Franklin E. Davis, Roy Harrison Davis, Michael Stuart Davis.
- Jeff Garner
- Lewis Garner
- Daniel Byram
- Doug Holmes
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Mary Jolene Garner
July 26, 2020
Dear Jeff and Lewis, Your mother was a very nice and gracious lady. I recall at your father's funeral that she thanked me and Jim for being good and loyal friends to you. It is always hard to lose a parent.
Tammie Davis Tedford
July 25, 2020
My condolences to the family. I didn’t spend much time with Aunt Jolene but when we did it was always a pleasant visit. Both Jolene & Lewis always seemed to be in good spirits and I never saw them without a smile on their faces. Prayers for the family during this time of loss.
July 21, 2020
My Aunt Jo was a very special person to me. I used to stay with her some when I was a little kid because both of my parents worked. She was a non judgmental person and I never ever heard her say anything bad against anyone. I will always cherish those memories.
Prayers to the Garner family in their loss, she was one of the nicest persons I have ever met and she will be missed.