He joined the Foreign Service after graduation from Oklahoma State University in 1963. He was posted to Lagos, Tunis, Dakar, Douala, Bamako, Abidjan, Paris and Geneva. He was a member of the Twenty-Seventh Session of the Department of State Senior Seminar and retired as a Minister Counselor in the Senior Foreign Service after 31 years of service.
In 1991 he was awarded a Superior Honor Award for his work on the 47th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Commission. He served in the Army in 1958 and Army Reserve until 1963.
Mr. Garner was born in Booneville on Sept. 17, 1940. He was the son of Eleanor and Dixon Garner, Jr., both deceased, and had one sister, Ellen Jean McAlister, deceased.
Retiring in 1994, he moved to Eureka Springs where he was very active in several local organizations as a member of the Carroll County Library Board, chairman of the Carroll County Western District Ambulance Commission and president of the Grassy Knob Volunteer Fire Association and served as a Volunteer Fire Fighter for 13 years. He loved to read and travel.
He is survived by his wife, Georgette Garner, a retired Foreign Service Officer and one son, Robert Garner, a Lt Col. in the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Garner requested the Eureka Springs Carnegie Public Library "Friends of the Library" as one of two memorials in his name. The second is the (GKVFA) Grassy Knob Volunteer Fire Department of Eureka Springs.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church in Eureka Springs. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.