Born 11-30-1937 -- Died 11-27-2007
Levern Garner, 69, son of the late Kenneth Robins and Oma Sherrell Robins, was born Nov. 30, 1937, in Oxford, Ark. He died Nov. 27, 2007, in Melbourne, Ark.
Vern was an Oxford High School graduate. He attended Arkansas State University at Beebe on a basketball scholarship. He went on to attend and play basketball at Bethel College in Carroll County, Tennessee. While playing for the Bethel College Wildcats, he lead the nation in scoring and was inducted into the Bethel College Hall of Fame.
After graduation, he was married to Billie Frances Bolton on March 15, 1958, and to this union two children were born. He relocated to Maulden, Mo., where he taught school and coached boys basketball for many years. Vern moved to Mississippi, where he sold insurance and played music.
Then he moved to Tennessee to coach basketball, teach and play music. In 1986 he returned to Izard County to coach basketball at Izard County Consolidated High School. After his retirement in 2004, he was inducted into the Batesville Areal Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
In 1992, he was united in marriage to Shirley Smith. Vern was a member of the Forrest Chapel Methodist Church.
He is survived by: his wife of 15 years, Shirley Garner of Melbourne; her three children, Larry and Heidi Smith of Hot Springs, Carrie and Ira Holborn of Melbourne and Carla and B.T. Smith of Glenwood, Ark.; one son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Terry Garner of Humboldt, Tenn.; one daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Jaydee Clifton of Covington, Tenn.; three brothers, Jay Robins, Dewayne Robins and Danny Robins all of Wentachee, Wash.; seven grandchildren, Hannah and Shelby Clifton, Andrew Castleman, Justin Anderson, Mona Asher, Krystle Antes and Serena White; eight great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and many good friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Ronnie Robins.
Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 30 at the Roman and Billy Howard Memorial Chapel in Melbourne with Loye Vern officiating.
Burial followed at Violet Hill Cemetery under the direction of Eddie's Family Funeral Home in Melbourne.
Memorials may be made to: Alzheimer's Association, Office of Development, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60601-7633. National Parkinson Foundation, Inc., 1501 NW 9th Ave, Bob Hope Road, Miami, Florida 33136-1494
Pallbearers were David Sharp, Donnie Ray Williams, Sam Sharp, Bobby McCollum, Jonathan Baker and Ed Ludetke.