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“to my moma god knew it was time to rest but be sure your truly being miss in so many way that words can't explain I know you had to rest one day but...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: chystal

“GRANDMA THERE ISNT A DAY THAT GOES BY THAT I DONT THINK ABOUT YOU. I MISS OUR TALKS AND LAUGHS. I MISS MY PHONE RINGING AD ITS THAT VOICE OF MY...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: ANNIE HAM - WINSTON SALEM, NC

“I wish to send my thoughts and prayers to all her family and friends. Having known Mrs Garner and many of her family for a number of years, I have...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Edwin Bass - Hartsville, SC

“Dear Retha Mae, I only knew you for a short time. However short it was I will always treasure it. Every morning going in to work I looked for your...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: John Moody - SC

“Grandma I just wanted to say thank you for allowing me to be able to enjoy our relationship together. I will miss you so much, especially just having...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Sammie O'Neal - Eagle River, AK

“I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of your grandmother. I know how difficult this must be for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Robert Lancaster - Greenville, SC

“To My Pretty Girl, this is the name I gave you over a year ago when I first met you at Oakhaven. You always told me what my dad had been into and we...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Christy Turner - Darlington, SC


Retha Mae Garner was born December 23, 1919 in Lee County, South Carolina, a daughter of Robert J. Rogers, Sr. and Corenna Dukes. She was formally educated in the Lee County schools. She was married to the late Frank Garner, Jr., and together they raised ten children. Two of her children, Robert and Jerome preceded her in death. Mrs. Garner was a lifelong member of Mt. Tema Baptist Church and served her church faithfully until her health declined. Her faith in the Lord was strong. She always instilled in her children to do what was right and to be respectful of each other. She later became an Eastern Star and was a member in the Hartsville Lodge. Mrs. Retha Mae never met a stranger and always had a welcome smile on her face. She just loved people and it showed in her attitude towards others. Five of her brothers precede her in death: Will, Joseph, Robert, Jay, and Theodore. Surviving to cherish the life and honor the legacy of Retha Mae Garner include her sons, Frank Garner, Donnie Garner, Willie Garner and Wesley Harrison Garner; her daughters, Barbara Lee Pearson, Celestine (Albert) Blue, Bernice Holmes, Mable Lee Garner and Crystal Flowers; a brother, James "Cat" Rogers; a sister, Dinah Mae Rogers; a very special friend of the family, Freddie Moore; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, other relatives and very dear friends.