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Joyce Whitehead Garner, age 79 of Henrico, NC, died Friday, August 26, 2016, at Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC.

She was born January 29, 1937 in Greenville County, Virginia, daughter of the late Otha Whitehead and Katie Newsome Whitehead. Joyce was a former secretary and bookkeeper for the H.B. Garner Company. She was a member of Monumental United Methodist Church, Emporia, VA.

She is survived by her husband, Hugh Benjamin “Ben” Garner, of Henrico,NC; daughter, Ellie Kay Garner-Rhodes, of Roanoke Rapids; son, Bennie Garner and his wife, Cathy, of Roanoke Rapids; sister, Barbara W. Clarke, of Emporia, VA.; grandchildren, Savanna Rhodes, Elliott Rhodes, Patrick Rhodes, Catherine Garner, Melissa Dickens and her husband, Lee, Craig Carico and his wife, Kathy; great grandchildren, Aurora Carico, Joe Carico, Alex Carico.

Wrenn, Clarke, & Hagan Funeral and Cremation Service is taking care of arrangements where the family will receive friends Tuesday, August 30, 2016, from 12:30 until 1:45.

Graveside services will follow at 2:00pm Tuesday, August 30, 2016 in Cedarwood Cemetery with Pastor Rachel Plemmons officiating.

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