West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242

David Paul Garner was born November 26th, 1945. He left this life on Thursday, April 16th, 2020, somehow, without exception, in ways small or large, having left an indelible memory on every single person that met him.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley, of Mammoth Spring, AR, and children:
Teresa Schabacker of Rochelle, IL; Dee Dee Lechner of Bluff City, TN; Clint Garner of Spanish Fort, AL; Kasy Cates of Cherokee Village, AR and Tracy Jones of Springfield, MO. Dave has 14 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, and the rest of you that he too thought of as family.  

Dave is the eighth child of the late Reverend R. Austin and Clara Garner. He is survived by his brothers Dr. Gene and Leon Garner. He is preceded in death by his brothers, William Robert “Dub”, Beverly, Troy, and Jimmy Garner and his sister Willa Mae Hogan.

He was a Christian.

Dave worked in construction and as a claims adjuster.  He enjoyed painting, fishing, hunting, golfing and singing.  He loved spending time with friends and family at the lake.

Anyone who ever met him will remember him fondly.  And he wants you to know how much you meant to him too.  Tell your stories about him, because he told stories about you too.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Graveside services for David P. Garner will be held Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas with Tommy Garner officiating.

Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.



  1. Sam and Sondra Reeves
    April 19, 2020 @ 9:05 am

    We considered “Super” Dave a dear friend, loved hearing him sing and singing with him and just being in his presence was a true blessing. We love you Dave and rest in peace, we know you are in a better place. You will forever be in our hearts and missed more than anyone could imagine. Sam & Sondra


  2. Leon Garner
    April 19, 2020 @ 10:54 am

    Many thanks to you for your services to the Garner family. I am sorry that I will not be in attendance. We will be in prayer for a good funeral for David.


  3. Kathy (Call) Stephens
    April 19, 2020 @ 4:28 pm

    Teresa, Dee Dee, & Clint,
    I am so deeply sorry for your loss. May the memories of your dad comfort you and may God grant you strength and peace today and in the days ahead. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you and your families.


    • Bill Hager
      April 25, 2020 @ 11:38 am

      One of a thousand fond memories I have is how all your kin made me feel like I was part of the Garner family.
      Bill Hager


  4. Carol Kissinger
    April 19, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    He was truly a very kind and compassionate man. And will always remember his soft spoke words, after my long visit with him and Shirley . With a gentle embrace he said “ things will get better I promise “. Over the years and time went on, he was right. He laid a mark on me.
    Shirley, my dear friend I am so sorry for your loss. I know you loved him dearly. You will be in my prayers each and every night I love you sweetie hang in there


  5. John hansen
    April 20, 2020 @ 12:13 pm

    Have many fond memories of playing softball with David. I remember playing in a tournament in Jonesboro once with him. My two brothers, Jay & Jim and I had tickets to see Marty Robbins in concert in Pocahontas on Saturday night and we bailed on David and the softball team. He said he hated Marty Robbins from that time on! So we bought him a Marty Robbins greatest hits cassette to say we were sorry! We laughed about it every time we saw each other after that. Dave was always quick with a smile… he will be missed


  6. Carol Hall Wiles
    April 22, 2020 @ 2:47 am

    I remember when Clara and Austin used to drive from Illinois to Highland and Austin would preach a revival. They stayed at my Ma maw Hall’s. Dave was a year older than me. We had lots of fun. Got into lots of trouble too. Known him a long time. I always thought we were related to the Garners. Loved him a lot.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *