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Thelma Hill Garner, 87, of Statesville, passed away on Thursday, December 25, 2014 at her home surrounded by family. Ms. Garner was born on April 15, 1927 in Carteret County to the late Cecil Carl Hill and Ruth Edwards Hill.
Thelma was a member of Holly Springs Free Will Baptist Church in Newport, NC and worked as a Manager for various clothing retail stores. She was a well respected member of the community and was a like a mother to everyone who knew her. Thelma loved to cook and made sure her family was taken care of.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Elbert Iredell Garner, and four brothers, Walter Hill, Wallace Hill, Joe Hill, and C.C. Hill.
She is survived by three sons, Elbert Garner Jr. “Bert” and wife Jackie of Idaho, William A. Garner of Mobile, AL, and Jeffrey D. Garner of Oklahoma; two daughters, Emma Brinson of Statesville, and Barbara J. Graziano of Florida; a brother, William Hill of Newport; grandchildren, Robert, Bruce, Tina, and Lori Graziano, Dennis Brinson and wife Joanna, Bo Brinson and wife Tracey, Billy and Ashley Garner, and Shane and Troy Garner; and nine great grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Holly Springs Freewill Baptist Church (182 Holly Springs Rd., Newport, NC 28570).
Carolina Cremation of Salisbury and Charlotte, and Christopher H. Noe Funeral Service Licensee of Beaufort is assisting the Garner family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com or www.noefs.org.