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George Garner

George Benton Garner

Thursday, April 22nd, 1948 - Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
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Covington and Richmond, Virginia - George Benton Garner of Covington, Virginia, passed away suddenly at his home after a brief illness on January 30, 2019.
George was born in Norfolk, Virginia to Edith Latimer Bonney on April 22, 1948. In his youth, George lived at Boys Home of Virginia and attended Alleghany County High School in Covington. After graduation from high school, George continued his studies at Old Dominion University, majoring in Industrial Arts.
His cousins from New Hampshire fondly remember summer vacations together at Milton Three Ponds, enjoying swimming, boating and hanging out together. We saw George’s musical talents soar as he pushed the pedals on the player piano at the Cullen Camp in Milton.
George accomplished proficient skills in martial arts and later became a proud member of the US Marines. After his service in the US Marines, George worked as a security guard at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and later as a security guard at the Commonwealth Club in Richmond, Virginia. Throughout his years of service he developed many close friendships with club members who appreciated his kindness.
Although George worked as a security guard, he also had a vibrant artistic side. He achieved great skill as the designer and creator of beautiful jewelry, which he gave to friends. He refused to sell his bracelets and necklaces to the general public. Instead, he preferred to choose whom he would give them to. However, he did choose a protégé, Sierra Williams Howe, to take under his wings and he taught her his skills.
Those who have these beautiful pieces of jewelry will cherish them in George’s memory.
Upon his retirement George moved from his long-time location in Richmond to the place that touched his heart, Covington, Virginia where he shared his time with lifelong friends.
George’s friends remember him as an honest man, who never avoided telling you the truth, no matter the consequences. He was a loyal friend who “always had your back.” He was a kind and generous man. There was not a selfish bone in his body. And he was eccentric, no doubt, but in the best sense of the word.
His close friends Lori, Daniel and David Vest; David and Kay Norris; and god daughter Stacey Edwards all hold close to their hearts precious memories of this very dear man. He is missed more than can be put into words.
George is predeceased by his mother Edith Latimer Bonney and his very close cousin, William Francis Rountree, II.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are being handled by Loving Funeral Home.
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