Bill was born on April 15, 1941 in Dale, Oklahoma to James C. Garner and Gertrude [Bridges] Garner. He attended school in Arizona before moving to Pineville Missouri where he also attended school. Shortly thereafter Bill met the love of his life Shirley Louise Lunsford in Westville Oklahoma, where they also married on June 2, 1962. They were blessed with three boys and two daughters. Throughout the years Bill had several different jobs but one that he loved the most was driving around "his kids" for the public school system, as a bus driver. When he wasn't working for others Bill enjoyed woodworking, making toy cars, trucks and model trains. He never met a stranger and loved talking with old and new friends alike, telling stories and never failing to brag on his grandkids who meant the world to him. Bill was a friend to many and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Bill is preceded in death by his wife; Shirley Garner, daughter; Cindy Garner, son; Jerry Garner, and parents; James and Gertrude Garner
Survivors include three children, daughter; Sherry Wilson and husband Bobby of VanCleve MS, son; James Garner and wife Sharlee of Chelsea, OK, son; Terry Garner and wife Christa of Paden, OK, eleven grandchildren; Billy Wilson and wife Amanda, Jon Wilson and wife Kayla, Angel Boland and husband Anthony, Jackie Lanham, James Garner Jr., Jon Garner, Jeremiah Garner, Christian Garner, Alexis Garner, and Andrea Garner, seventeen great grandchildren, three sisters, and a host of family and friends.
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