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Bernice Forrester Garland, 95, Butler, passed away Saturday, August 25, 2012 in the Mountain City Care Center following an extended illness. A native of Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Oscar and Ella Tester Forrester. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Garland was a member of the Little Doe Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Cleo Garland, on September 24, 1997 and one sister and seven brothers. Her hobby was quilting.
Survivors include a stepdaughter: Doris Brown and her husband Clayton, Butler; a step-grandson, Everett Brown, Butler; a sister, Emma Ruth Phillippi, Felton, Delaware; several nieces and nephews including a special niece and friend; Geraldine Cable and her husband, Richard; her special friends, Grace Glover and Bonnie Stout.
Funeral services were conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 28, 2012 in the Little Doe Baptist Church, Butler with the Rev. Kreg Smith officiating. Graveside service and interment were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 29, 2012 in the Rock Springs Cemetery. Music was provided by the church choir. Active pallbearers were Tony Milam, Tom Kyte, Glen Good, Larry Slemp, Paul Lowe and R.E. Brown. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Rainbolt, Dr. James Shine, Ed Fletcher, Burnice Gentry, Bill Stout, Howard Stout, Park Arnold and her church family. The family received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Little Doe Baptist Church and other times at the residence of Geraldine and Richard Cable, 240 Doeville Road, Butler. The family would like to express a special “thank you” to the staff at Mountain City Care and Rehab Center. Condolences may be e-mailed to [email protected]
Memorial Funeral Chapel, Elizabethton, is in charge.