Exie Mae Lancaster Garner, 97, of Charleston and Baytown, Texas passed away on Friday, January 18, 2008 at The Ridgemont Assisted Living, Edgewood Summit, Charleston.
She was a graduate of Bays Chapel-Richards High School in Richards, Texas.
Exie grew up on a relatively prosperous farm near Richards, TX as the 7th child in a family of 11 children, but lived most of her life in Baytown, TX where she raised four children following the accidental death of her husband in 1949. She was fiercely independent, living alone and driving her own car until moving to The Ridgemont in Charleston one year ago.
Exie was known for her love of bird watching and for the special, tender place in her heart for children and animals. She took great pride in displaying photographs of her children, 12 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren throughout her house. She was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Baytown, TX, for over 55 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 15 years, George Floyd Garner, and one daughter, Wanda Garner Cawley in 2002. She was also preceded in death by her parents, George Hardy and Carrie Melvina Amick Lancaster; 4 brothers - Collis Huntington, Hannibal Ervin, George Hardy, Jr., and James King Lancaster; and 6 sisters - Hattie Lou Wade, Mary Mable Leonard, Ruby Lee Parr, Myrtis Evelyn Lancaster, Callie Mryle Sullivan, and Vera Maureen Hobbs.
She is survived by her daughter, Vera “Candy” Garner Bullock and husband Ray of Anderson, TX; sons, Billy J. Garner and wife Pat of Charleston, WV and Jerry Wayne Garner and wife Judy of Baytown, TX; grandchildren, Robyn Carroll Walker, Sandra Bullock Amaral, Troy Bullock, Ryan Bullock, Melissa Garner Wylie, Jennifer Garner Affleck, Susannah Garner Carpenter, Charles Gazaway, Carrie Gazaway Stansbury, Michael Gazaway, Jerry Lee Garner and Kevin Garner; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 26, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Baytown, Texas. Interment will be in Earthman Memory Gardens Cemetery, Baytown, Texas.
Friends may call from 1:00 to 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 3811 North Main St., Baytown.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to: St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 3811 N. Main Street, Baytown, TX 77521, or The Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, WV 25304.
The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude for the loving care and support over the last several months from Charleston Hospice, The Ridgemont / Edgewood Summit staff and management, and Exie’s personal caregivers.
Arrangements are under the direction of Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX, 77521, (281) 422-8111.