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CLEVELAND--Toma Williams "Mickey" Garner, age 78, of Cleveland, MS, passed away on Friday, August 14, 2020, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS.
A visitation will be held Saturday, August 22, 2020, from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM at Cleveland Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM in the Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Robert Haney will officiate. A Facebook live will be available for viewing by way of the Cleveland Funeral Home Facebook page. Due to COVID restrictions, face masks must be worn and social distancing will be practiced.
Mickey was born January 21, 1942, to John C. and Mattie Garner, Sr in Jonestown, MS. He grew up in Jonestown, where he was the youngest of 10 children. From an early age, Mickey loved pulling pranks and joking with others. He loved family and friends and never met a stranger.
After graduating high school, Mickey moved to Cleveland where he raised his family and lived out the remainder of his life. Mickey was a salesman for Denton Dairy and later retired from Baxter Laboratories. For someone who could not be still, retirement was not for him and he found himself working at Little China to pass the time and interact with others. Mickey loved hunting, fishing, collecting arrowheads, and watching westerns. Mickey was a member of Morrison Chapel Baptist Church.
Mickey is preceded in death by his parents, John C. and Mattie L. Hillard Garner; Brothers, John C. Garner, Jr., Hulon Garner, and Billy Sam Garner; Sisters, Mattie P. Reid, Daphne Grimes, Hortense Garner, and Geraldine McKinney.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Wanda Garner; Two daughters, Melissa (Don) Sims and Cindy (Mike) Mathews; step-son, Michael Reginelli; Two granddaughters, Kelsey Mathews and Madison Sims; A brother, Robert Garner; A sister, Beverly Abel; Two Brothers-in-law, Larry (Brenda) Scruggs, Jim (Martha) Scruggs; Sister-in-law, Angel (David) Junkin along with a host of nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38501 or LeBonheur Children's Hospital, www.lebonheur.org.
Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The online guest register may be signed at www.clevelandfuneralhome.net.
So sorry for you loss.
Mickey was always so kind to my dad, J D Joel, they had a lot of fun together. Will really miss seeing Mickey.
Debbie maloney Aug 28 2020 12:00 AM
With sadness we say goodbye to Uncle Mickey but through the hope that is our faith in Jesus Christ, we will see Uncle Mickey again one day. May God be with every family member and close friend at this time.
Greg & Denise Abel Aug 20 2020 12:00 AM
Mickey was a wonderful little brother to me, and I cherish the memories of us growing up together in Jonestown with our brother Bobby. I can honestly say that in all our years, I have never seen Mickey without a smile on his face! His joy was contagious! He had a unique way of making those around him smile. Though I will greatly miss him here in this life, I am assured that l will be reunited with my little brother in Heaven. What a day that will be when all our family is together for eternity! My love and prayers to Wanda and her son, and to Melissa and Cindy and their families.
Beverly Garner Abel Aug 19 2020 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Mickey Garner
Melanie Lewis Aug 17 2020 12:00 AM
He was my supervisor at Dentons. Always joking and playing jokes on people. He was a good man and friend. He will be missed. RIP Mickey!!
Richard Tedford Aug 17 2020 12:00 AM
I remember him from Little China. May he rest in peace.
Cbalducc Aug 16 2020 12:00 AM