Wallace Grady (“Okie”) Garner, son of William G. and Janell Garner of Holdenville, OK, was born on October 4, 1938 and left this world to go home on September 25, 2018, at the age of 79. Okie was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his fiancé Debbie Blackshir; brother David Garner, Sr.; sons Clay and wife Roxanne, Jason and wife Jamie; daughter Crystal Garner; grandchildren Chenoa and husband Tony Sedillo, Kacey and husband Matt Luckett, Felicity Miller, Savanna and husband Chris Baker, Nathaniel, DJ, Jordyn, Courtney, Colby, Rachael and James; great-grandchildren Malachi, Emery, and Liam; nephews David, Jr. and wife Adriana Garner and their daughter Angie Janelle Garner, and Kevin and wife Jacki Garner, and their children Katelyn and Jessica Garner.
Okie was honorably discharged from the United States Army, 82nd Airborne Division in 1965, where he served as a paratrooper and sharp shooter. He retired from the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers Union Local 76 in 2000. He loved to hunt, fish, go shooting, and dance. He has always been a carefree and happy man and he went around visiting friends and family regularly after retiring.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 4th at 11:00 a.m. at the Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106. Burial will be at 3:00 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 501 North Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501. A reception will be held at 2841 Baco Noir Dr SW, Albuquerque, NM 87121, immediately following the burial and travel from Santa Fe at approximately 5:00 p.m. Flowers may be sent to the Strong-Thorne Mortuary by October 3rd.