Vivian Garner, 79, of Town Creek died June 5, 2021. The funeral will be held at Mt. Zion M.B. Church in town Creek, Friday June 11, 2021 at 12:00. Burial will follow in Mt. Zion Church Cemetery. Public viewing will be Thursday from 10-4 followed by the Wake from 4-6.
Obituary of Vivian Jean Garner
Vivian Jean Garner was born in Hillsboro, Alabama on June 27, 1941, to the late Charles L. Foster and Carrie O. Foster. She attended public school and completed her high school education in Hillsboro, Alabama. Furthering her studies, she attended Lighthouse Christian College in Brooklyn, New York and graduating with a Bachelor of Religious Education on May 18, 2002.
Vivian departed this life on Saturday, June 5, 2021, peacefully in the comfort of her own home.
Vivian, affectionately known by her family as “Granny” or “Maw”, was a master in the kitchen both inside and outside of the home. She worked as a chef at Our Lady of Good Council, in Brooklyn, New York and was known for many culinary specialties. Some of her family’s favorites include her popular Soc-It-To-Me, coconut and pound cakes; lemon meringue and sweet potato pies; and her fried chicken, fried liver and fried pork chops.
Vivian was a true servant leader who devoted herself to helping people. For over 20 years she worked as caseworker and supervisor for the New York City Human Resources Administration and Administration for Children’s Services. Upon her retirement in 1995, she relocated back home to Town Creek, Alabama.
Vivian was a committed, faithful and dedicated servant of God who was an inspiration to all who knew her. After giving her life to Christ, true to her nature, she joined and served at the following churches: First Calvary Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York from, where she was appointed Deaconess; Brooklyn Tabernacle Deliverance Center in Brooklyn, New York where she was ordained as an Evangelist and served as an assistant Sunday School Superintendent; and Calvary Assembly, in Decatur, Alabama, where she served as a Sunday School teacher and Home Group leader.
In continuing her mission of discipleship for Christ, she became a part of the Neighborhood Christian Center where she served the community and held weekly Bible studies until her retirement in 2008.
Vivian had many amazing and wonderful hobbies. She loved planting, sewing, knitting, and crocheting. She also loved singing, worshipping and praying.
Vivian leaves to cherish her memories, a loving and devoted husband, Freddie James Garner; three sisters, Mildred Fields of Chicago, Illinois, Marion Key of Cleveland, Ohio, Edwena and her husband, Wilbert Watkins of Hillsboro, Alabama; two brothers, Rev. Curtis Foster and his wife Delores of Hillsboro, Alabama, Rev. Samuel Foster and his wife Janice of Athens, Alabama; four children, Frederick Garner (Gina), Michael Garner, Reginald Garner (Darleen), and Sabrina Garner–Lopez (Julian) ; fifteen grandchildren: Karissa, Nadine, Diana, Frederick Jr, Jenay (first grandchild and who had the honor of naming her Granny), Eric, Quincy, Christopher, Nikia, Reginald Jr, Tiffany, Shawn, Nicholas, Justina, and Justin; eighteen great-grands: Reginald, Isaac, Andrew, Aubrey, Zeniah, Jaleel, Kennedy, Christopher Jr, Alyssa, Janaysha, Sanaa, Omari, Lena, Taylor, Zamiyah, Madison, Maison, and Grayson; her dedicated caregiver, Linda “Diane” Lipsomb; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
Lovingly Submitted by The Family
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