Roy Lee Garner

August 11, 1936 - March 8, 2020
Roy Lee Garner


Roy Lee Garner, 83, passed away March 8, 2020, in Wilmington, NC at his home with his family.

He was born on August 11, 1936, in Jonesboro, NC, son of eight children of Myrtle Savage Garner and Robert D. Garner. Also preceding him in death were brothers and sisters Lynn, Betty Lou, Judy, David, Nancy, and Carl.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 61 years, Dona Lee Garner; Son Leo Lee Garner and wife Susan, Daughter Lynda Lee Barrow and husband Dennis, Daughter Stacy Lee Roberts and husband Tom.  Grandchildren, Nicholas Garner, Emily Garner, Crystal Lee Droddy, Daniel Henry, Amanda Henry, and Brandi Cook.  Great-grandchildren, Kenny Droddy, Kaiden Lewis, Pyper Lewis, Brianna Browning, Hailey Henry, and Xander Cook. Surviving Sister Geraldine Yarbrough and husband Wayne, who lives in Broadway, NC, and many nieces and nephews.

In 1954, at the age of eighteen, Roy Lee enlisted in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in 1962.  While stationed in Coronado, California met, fell in love and married Dona Lee Shank. He brought his new bride and son to Sanford, NC and eventually moved to Wilmington, NC.  Here he became an Electrical Contractor, owner and operator of Garner’s Electric.

Those who knew him best will always remember his love of fishing and gardening.  They would find him in his yard, planting his vegetables, working on his hedge or tinkering on his boat, The Far Out.   With his commercial fishing license and the ability to make his own fishing nets he had the opportunity to catch the big ones. That would be his story!

A gathering of friends and family to celebrate Roy Lee’s life will be scheduled for a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Foundation, 1414 Physician Drive Wilmington, NC 28401.

The family wishes to thank Lower Cape Fear LifeCare for the wonderful care they provided for Roy Lee and the family.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.


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  • March 09, 2020
    Charlie Riggs says:
    Roy was one of the if not the best Electrical Contractors in Wilmington. He will be surly missed by his friends and customers

  • March 10, 2020
    Steve Williams says:
    Roy was a fine man willing to help others and had a big heart I enjoyed working with him on some of his jobs you guys will me in my prayers

  • March 10, 2020
    David Combs says:
    I knew Mr. Garner when I was a teenager. I have always had the utmost respect for him. ( And a healthy fear ) he treated me like family. I saw him as someone I hoped to be like as a honest man, father to his son and 2 girls, and loving husband to his wife of a lifetime. He will be missed by not only his family, but anyone who ever knew him. Rest in peace Mr. Garner tt

  • March 10, 2020
    Deborah Yarborough says:
    I was blessed to call this man my Uncle. I have so many special memories of this wonderful man. We've had some deep conversations and a lot of laughs through the years. Uncle Roy Lee has given me some great advice that I will always cherish. He was definitely an honorable man that I will always respect and love. I will never forget his quick wit, beautiful smile, and the twinkle in his eyes. Of course I have to say something about that beautiful head of white hair; my Mom has that also! :) We will miss those fun visits together. He will be forever in our hearts. Sending love to and prayers for my Aunt and cousins.

  • March 11, 2020
    Johnson Butler says:
    Thoughts and Prayers. Roy will be missed by all of us here at Butler's Electric. Great man, Great Electrician, Great Friend. Fly High My Friend We Will See Each Other Again