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John E. Garner

December 16, 1939 ~ April 18, 2024

John Garner, 84, passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 18, 2024. He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years Linda Stanley Garner, and his children: Kimberly Finger, Scott Garner and wife Yvette, Alison Blevins and husband Jacob, grandchildren: Will, Cate, Andrew, and John. Also left to cherish his memory are his sister Melba Bandy and husband Frank, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents Eugene Garner and Eva Dell Brown Garner, and his sister Betty Collier.

Born in Winn Parish, he graduated from Northwestern State College in Natchitoches and received his Master of Education degree from McNeese. He spent his entire career at SJ Welsh Middle School where he taught Industrial Arts and math, then later became assistant principal and principal. After retiring in 1991, he and Linda built a house and cabin in Winn Parish where their children and grandchildren learned to appreciate nature through yearly scavenger hunts through the trails he cut through the woods.

John loved hunting, fishing, camping and woodworking as evidenced by the furniture left to be enjoyed by his family. One of his favorite things was his OFBC breakfast group, his wonderful friends, and their favorite server Tammy. As a family, we are so thankful for the many friendships he enjoyed throughout his life.

A visitation will be held at Johnson Funeral Home in Lake Charles on Monday, April 22nd from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. A family service will be held at Mt. Zion Methodist Church in Winn Parish where John was a lifelong member. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a Louisiana conservation group of your choice.

Services

Visitation: Monday, April 22, 2024
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605


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  1. Scott, Alison and all of your family-my thoughts and prayers are with you. Your Dad was a great man!
    Wendy (Kibodeaux) Aguillard

  2. Candle 2Mr Garner and Family lived 3-4 doors down on Heather St in the 70’s and 80’s
    And Scott (son) and took some of your Red Man chewing tobacco out of your shop
    I think you forgave us.

  3. I am so sorry to hear Mr. Garners passing. I had Mr. Garner in both the 7th and 8th grade at SJ Welsh. One of my favorite teachers in my middle school years. He taught me math, and a love of woodworking and leather craft. I will be praying for his family’s peace strength.

  4. Linda and Family
    Please accept our heartfelt condolences for the loss of John.
    John was a true Southern Gentleman who always had a hand shake and kind word to all.
    May he Rest In Eternal Peace.
    GDAP🇺🇸🙏🏻

  5. Linda and Family
    Please accept our heartfelt condolences for the loss of John.
    John was a true Southern Gentleman who always had a hand shake and kind word to all.
    May he Rest In Eternal Peace.
    GDAP🇺🇸🙏🏻

  6. Candle 1I want to tell you that I am thinking of you during this difficult time. My thoughts are with you and your family as you grieve the loss of just a wonderful man as John. My deepest condolences go out to you and your family.

  7. John Garner was a really good man. He always made me feel welcome at SJ when I was a student teacher. So glad he had many enjoyable years of retirement spent with living grandchildren

  8. Who can fill his shoes? He taught me more than just the measure of memory. He showed me how to live my life. Never be forgotten and often thought of. Just a good man.

  9. Candle 1God Bless you, Mr. Garner! My homeroom teacher for 7th and 8th grade at S.J. Welsh. An Incredible man, taught me math and woodworking. But much more than that he taught me kindness, love of education, resolve for the less fortunate and hands down the best teacher I ever had. Mr.Garner you will be soly missed but never forgotten.

  10. Candle 1God Bless you, Mr. Garner! My homeroom teacher for 7th and 8th grade at S.J. Welsh. An Incredible man, taught me math and woodworking. But much more than that he taught me kindness, love of education, resolve for the less fortunate and hands down the best teacher I ever had. Mr.Garner you will be surely missed but never forgotten.

  11. To Linda, Kimberly, Scott and Allison. Your Husband/Father meant so much to me. He had a unique ability to look past the small stuff and see the good in people. He help forge those qualities in myself and all those around him. My respect for him runs very deep and I just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you all and offer my deepest and most sincere condolences.

    John Crawford

  12. Mr. John Garner: God certainly made you in his image. Blessings to you and condolences to your family.

  13. Candle 2Mr. Garner was a very special person in my life. Although I only saw him from time to time, mostly in Montgomery in the fall and winter. One of my favorite things to do was coffee by the fireplace on the front porch which always included great conversations with Mr Garner. He always wanted to share the place that he enjoyed his whole life. I always felt part of his family by being there. I will miss him and my thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  14. Mr. Garner was a great teacher with such a kind way. He was patient with his students.
    I never forgot him.

  15. Mr. Garner was a gentle soul! Kim, I’m sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. You were very blessed to have him as your dad. He was such a kind man and a blessing to all the students at SJ Welsh.

  16. I smile when I think of the number of lives Mr. Garner impacted within and outside the walls of SJ Welch. As a student, I remember he seemed soooo tall, but never imposing. Always helpful and always kind. I am so sorry for your and your family’s loss, Kim.

  17. Wonderful remembrances with John as my administrator! When I moved back from TN, John hired me back without an interview. He was such a kind man and always left encouraging notes on my desk after class visits. My days with him at SJ Welsh are treasures in my heart’s teaching memories. I always enjoyed my friendship with Linda at that time, too.

  18. So sorry to read of John’s passing. Condolences to all his family and to all who loved him. We have so many nice memories of him and Linda. So sorry that we never got to visit with him in recent years as he was a special and unique person.

  19. Candle 4Linda, so sorry to hear of John’s passing. I will keep all of you in my prayers. I loved hearing you tell stories of the fun you and your family had at the camp in Winn Parish. Keep those precious memories close to your heart. May you all find comfort knowing he is in the arms of our Lord.


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