Alfred Wesley Garner Jr., a retired shipping clerk and Towson native, died Friday of congestive heart failure in his home in Macon, Ga. He was 83.
Mr. Garner was raised on Regester Avenue in Towson and graduated from Towson High School in 1938. After high school, he worked for Western Auto Parts until he was drafted in 1942. He served for three years as a Navy Seabee, mostly in the Pacific.
After the war, he worked for General Motors and moved to Timonium, where he and his wife, the former Evelyn Schelhaus, raised three children.
From 1954 to 1982, Mr. Garner was a shipping clerk at Massey Ferguson, a manufacturer of farm and lawn tractors. During the 1960s, he also worked part-time as a custodian at Timonium Elementary School.
Mr. Garner's interests included singing in his church choir and doing yardwork. In addition to trimming his own lawn, Mr. Garner frequently mowed a neglected triangle of grass across from his Timonium house at the intersection of three streets. "It would just get too tall out there, and he couldn't stand it," said his daughter Sharon Forrester of Macon.
Mr. Garner and his wife moved to Georgia in 1983 to nurse Mrs. Garner's ailing mother and sister. Mrs. Garner died in 1994, shortly after the couple celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary.
Mr. Garner was a member of Ingleside Baptist Church in Macon.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Westover Memorial Park in Augusta, Ga.
Mr. Garner also is survived by another daughter, Donna Hanson of Sparks; a son, Alfred W. Garner III of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.