Frederick “Chico” Douglas Garner was born at home to the late Webster and Willie Florence Garner on November 30, 1924 in Austin, Texas.
At an early age he professed faith in Jesus and was baptized in the river by the founding Pastor, the late Rev. J.H. Harold of Mount Olive Baptist Church. Having grown up in a Cuban neighborhood on 4th Street, he learned to speak fluent Spanish, and was given the nickname “Chico”. He attended the Austin Independent School District public schools of Olive Street Elementary, Kealing Junior High, and Anderson High School. He enlisted in the United States Army. He served active duty during World War II from June 5, 1943 to August 16, 1946. He then enlisted in the Army Reserve from 1946 until April 3, 1948. After serving his country honorably, he worked for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus organization as a horse trainer until 1993. On July 22, 1962 he married Lottie Mae Richardson of San Antonio. The Lord called her home on March 17, 1993.
Fred lived in Temple at the William R. Courtney Veterans home from January 2010 until he departed for heaven on October 26, 2019. He rededicated his life to The Lord in 2012. The family is eternally grateful to the staff at William R. Courtney for their kind and excellent care over the 10 years.
He is preceded in death by his wife Lottie, father Webb, mother “Baby”, brothers Wallace, Jesse, and Leland.
Fred is remembered as a faithful son who helped his mother financially when he joined the Army, as a loving big brother who took his sister “Jewel-Jewel” with him everywhere he went, and who always drove his youngest sister Minnie on road trips, most notable when her husband took sick. He rode the bus to Minot Air Force Base North Dakota to drive her and William back to Texas. He was always there to drive them to Kilgore to visit her in-laws, and his grave. Also, he was a wonderful uncle who always took Michelle and William to the Circus.
He leaves to mourn his memory, sisters Jewel Garner Massie, Minnie Garner Jackson, sister-in-law Veronica Massie Penick, niece Carolyn Brooks, husband George, great- nephew’s and niece’s Phillip, Keith, Shalana, George Jr., niece Michelle Jones, husband Rev. John A. Jones, great-nephew’s and niece’s Nicholas, (daughter Amaya), Lindsay (daughter Liana), Elliot, Cameron, Kyla, nephew William B. Jackson, Laura Jackson, great-nephew and niece’s Joshua, Sahara, Sydnee,( son Benjamin), Sanaah , and other relatives and friends.
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