John was born on September 30, 1970 to Willie Garner and Dorothy Spalding. He was a lifelong resident of the panhandle, was of the Baptist faith, and worked as an operator at VOLT Power in Panama City, Florida. John never met a stranger, and he was known for being a great cook and grill master; he was also the very best at boiling peanuts. He loved being in the outdoors on his side-by-side: hunting and fishing; but most importantly, spending quality time with friends and family, especially his beloved grandson “Boo” who was his most favorite person.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Willie and Dorothy Garner; brother: Roy Gillespie.
He is survived by his wife: Georgeann Garner of Chipley, FL; daughters: Morgan Stephens of Fort Bragg, NC, Marileigh Lewis of Chipley, FL; sons: Zach Holloway of Cairo, GA, Davin Lewis of Chipley, FL; brothers: Bill Gillespie (Dianne) of Port St. Joe, FL, Michael Gillespie of Ohio, James Garner (Tonia) of Chipley, FL; sister: Donna Sewell (Rodney) of Chipley, FL; grandchild: “Boo” Bentley James Stephens; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorialization will be by cremation with Obert Funeral Home of Chipley, Florida in charge of arrangements.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11AM on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at Shiloh Baptist Church with Bro. Tim Steele officiating. There will be a receiving of friends one-hour prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made to Obert Funeral Home to help offset final arrangement expenses.