James Garner

July 16, 2013 • Obituaries


Services are scheduled for 3 p.m., Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for James Russell Garner, age 78, of Roswell, who passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2013, at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center.

James, known to most as “Pug,” was born in Chickalah, Ark., on Aug. 26, 1934. He was a loving [auth] father, grandfather and friend to many and will be greatly missed. He enjoyed playing dominos, the game 42 for 35 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, loved golf and anything automotive. He loved to dance and he loved being with family and spending special time with friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Grace Garner; brother Sonny Garner and his daughter Connie Dickey.

He is survived by three daughters, Marilynn Green of Corrigan, Texas, Teresa Celey of Hutto, Texas, and Deborah McKinstry-Waldrop of Roswell; nine grandchildren, Michelle Smitherman of Lufkin, Texas, Kelly Chandler of Corrigan, Texas, Brenda Leeseburg of San Antonio, Texas, Brandy Maxwell of Pampa, Texas, Dawn Allen of Springfield, Ill., Fayerene Hunt of Midland, Texas. Tammy Brooks of Midland. Texas and James Watkins of Midland, Texas; 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Condolences may be made online at

Arrangements are under the personal directions of the professionals at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

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