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Surrounded by family, Thomas Earl Garner, 85, of Gaston, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, February 14, 2023.  

Earl was born in Halifax County on September 7, 1937, to the late Eleanor and Edward Garner.  Earl was preceded in death by his sweet wife Christine “Teanie” Garner, his son Ricky Rook, and his brother Lewis Garner. 

Earl proudly served our country in the United States Army and was a longtime member of the Family Worship Center.  

He will be most fondly remembered for his old school work ethic, and for being the definition of a logger, through and through.  

Earl enjoyed working every day in the log woods, but would find the most enjoyment from being with his family.  

During his time among us, Earl touched many people’s lives, and taught many life lessons. 

“Forever loving you, for nothing can take away a love the heart holds.”

Thomas Earl Garner’s memory will forever be cherished and honored by his two sons, Mike Rook, and Mark (Crystal) Garner; his two daughters, Kay Evans, and Lisa (Robby) Futrell; his sister, Betty Garner; his grandchildren, Brandon Rook, Kristy Griffin, Nick Futrell, Michael Evans, Regan Futrell, Ashton Garner, and Berkley Garner; his great-grandchildren, Dylan Rook, Sydney Rook, Thomas Futrell, Kaelyn Morris, and Carson Griffin; and several nieces, nephews, and close friends. 

The family will receive friends on Friday, February 17, 2023, from 6:00-8:00 PM, at Wrenn Funeral Home in Roanoke Rapids, NC. 

Other times the family can be visited at Mr. Garner’s home. 

The following day, Saturday, February 18, 2023, at 3:00 pm, a graveside service will be held at Crestview Memorial Cemetery in Roanoke Rapids, NC. Pastor Matthew Reider will officiate the service.

Online Condolence can be made to: www.wrennclarkehagan.com