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James Donald “Don” Garnett, 85, of Bryant, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. He was born January 2, 1932, in Woodford County, Kentucky to the late Rupert Giles and Lucille (Johnson) Garnett. He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father, Crawford Lee Watts Sr., son-in-law, Albert N. Ward III and grandson, Patrick Owens. Don was the owner/operator at Don Garnett Pallet Mill of Thayer, Mo., for many years before retiring to Horseshoe Bend, Ark. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Thayer, Mo. and subsequently First Baptist Church Horseshoe Bend, Ark. His many interests and pastimes included high school football athlete, Boatswain’s Mate for a Beacher jumper unit in the U.S. Navy, tobacco farming, antique dealer, and avid cheerleader for his grandchildren’s many activities and interests. Survivors include his loving wife of 66 years, Verna Jane Garnett; three daughters, Kim (Steve) Dills of Bryant, Ark; Donna Garnett of Washington, D.C.; and Lyn (John) Darmstaedter of Benton, Ark; two sons, Randall (Wanda) Garnett of Protem, Mo.; and James Garnett of Englewood, Col.; half-brother, C.L. (Denise) Watts Jr. of Frankfort, Ky.; five grandchildren, Tiffany (Paul) Henson, Jeff (Phylis) Dills, Lane Garnett, John (Charly) Darmstaedter II, and Shannon (Travis) Stuart; four great-grandchildren, Faith Stone, Aniston Dills, Kaylan Henson and Garnett Henson; niece, Kate Watts and nephew, Lee Watts along with numerous cousins and loved ones. Services were held Tuesday, Dec. 12, in the chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home, Benton, Ark. with Bro. Tom Williams officiating. Interment followed in North Little Rock, Ark. at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either St. Jude’s Children Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN 38105 or Alzheimer’s Association of Arkansas, 10201 W. Markham St., Suite 100, Little Rock, AR 72205. (Paid obituary)

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