John Al Garner Jr., 81, of Wister died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, in Talihina. John Al was a U.S. Army veteran. He was owner of Garner’s Garage, which has been passed down from father to son and has been open in Wister for over 100 years. John Al was a member of the Wister Fire Department, instrumental in its organization, was Fire Chief and retired from the Department after serving over 24 years, of which he was very proud. He was a member of the Wister School Board for 25 years. He served as Mayor of Wister. He was always civic minded and very involved in many aspects of the Wister community. He was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Wister for over 60 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Al Sr. and Bessie LaRuth (Cox) Garner.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Dorothy, of the home; daughter, Sherry Garner of the home; brother and sister-in-law, Jack Wayne and Jimmie Garner of Fort Smith, Ark.; niece and her husband, Brenda and Jim Richardson of Bedford, Texas; numerous great-nieces, nephews, and cousins; brother-in-law, Donald Waters and wife, Earline, of Ponca City; special cousins, Tommy and Carolyn Ward of Wister; other relatives and loved ones; many beloved friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the First Southern Baptist Church in Wister with the Revs. Don Taylor and. P.J. Atkinson officiating. Burial will follow in Ellis Chapel Cemetery, Wister. Pallbearers will be Bocky Martin, Ben Curtis, Mack Essman, Carl Whitlock, Donnie DeWitt and Dean Young. Honorary pallbearers will be Ike and Ikie Caudell and Harrell Bright.
The family will be at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday to visit with relatives and friends.
Online messages may be left at evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.