Gerald Alexander Garner

May 24, 1948 ~ August 3, 2019 (age 71)


Heralded in by the sound of trumpets Gerald Alexander Garner, their beloved son was born on April 24th 1948 to Henry Garner, Jr and Helen Lessie Little Garner. 

Both of Gerald's parents were engaged in the Durham Community enrolling him in the Durham Public Schools and always being there for him.  He began in Burton Elementary then progressed to James A. Whitted Jr. High School.  Advancing to Hillside High School, Gerald found his passion in Biology and hit his musical stride in the Hillside High School Band as a lead trumpeter understood Joseph Mitchell.  He was one of the 1966 "Mighty, Mighty Hornets."

Gerald's ability to hit the high notes on key without flaw were pivotal in Hillside's ability to win several state musical championships. 

On the side, Gerald loved his dogs which often struck fear in those visiting his home.  The first German Shepherd was Sheba I and his last was Sheba II.

North Carolina College beckoned and he found his muse under their Biology Department's Dr. Mary Townes receiving both a Bachelor's and Master's in that field. He entered work at UNC Chapel Hill in the animal labs research division.  Shortly thereafter we went to North Carolina State for a similar opportunity.  From there he was drafted and inducted into the US Army.

His work in the military dental labs again touched on animals.  He also picked up his horn faithfully rendering "Taps" for many of his fallen comrades.  Having served the nation through the Army, from 1970 to 1974, E4 Garner was Honorably Discharged.

He was predeceased by his father.

He is mourned by his sons -- Jason Vann (Amanda), grandson and twins; Scott Garner; and his loving, devoted and supportive mother, Mrs. Helen Garner.


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Memorial Service
August 8, 2019

1:00 PM
Covenant United Presbyterian Church
2620 East Weaver Street
Durham, NC 27707

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