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Patricia Clarke Garner

April 19, 2023

Patricia Clarke Garner, 63, of Lynchburg, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at her residence. She was the wife of Thomas Garner for 40 years.

Born in Charlottesville on November 2, 1959, she was a daughter of the late James Clarke and Ruby Clarke. She attended All Peoples Church. Her greatest loves were Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior, and her family. She also loved being outside, flowers, and enjoying God’s creation. She was known for selflessly giving of her time and abilities, volunteering throughout the community and church. She was known by many in the Rustburg community as “the Monkey Lady,” volunteering and helping elementary children attend school safely and joyfully each morning for years. She also touched many lives serving at the Lighthouse Community Center. Her kindness and warmth were apparent to all who met her. The only thing more evident than her sweetness was her love of the Lord and obedience to His will, which she would proudly profess to all. She became a mentor and mother to many over the course of her life. Her sons’ friends all called her “Mama,” and her “monkey children” would often stop her in the store to say hello. She was a source of inspiration to all who needed it, always encouraging and reminding everyone to trust in Jesus and “just keep swimming.”

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Greg Garner (Ashton), Daniel Garner (Michelle), and Ross Garner (Caitlin); grandchildren, Gabriel, Emerson, Charlotte, Lillian, Nora, Haven, Grace, Reed, and Sophie; siblings, Tom Clarke (Johnnie), Steve Clarke (Carol), Sarah Midkiff (Kyle) and Gayle Stephens (Scott); her brothers and sisters-in-law, Steve Garner, Janet Hooper (Randy), Karen Berry (Reggie), Gary Garner (Lynn), Beth Morrison (Richard), and Laura Pribble (Keith).

There will be a raised from the dead ceremony at 11:00am Thursday, April 27, 2023, at All Peoples Church, so come believing.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit


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Deeply sorry for the Garner and Clarke’s loss. I knew Tricia from nursing school . She was an angelic soul and now the heaven is rejoicing

Posted by Joan Whaley on May 13, 2023

Precious Tricia you taught me how to live the Southern Way with so much love and Grace. Your faith always blew me away as I saw the hands of Jesus right in my eyes. You made everyday a sunshine moment and had always gentle advice in how I could get closer to Jesus. I am going to miss you being on Tommy’s side. Thank you for accepting me, your crazy South African friend. You’re the best!❤️

Posted by Mariaroza Opperman on April 27, 2023

Greg, Gary and family, So sorry to hear of your loss. We will be praying for your families. Love, Troy and Amber Bomar

Posted by Troy and Amber Bomar on April 27, 2023

Tommy and Family, Tricia was a Ray of Sunshine, a beautiful Lady. We are sad for your loss, praying for Tricia’s Love to live through each of you...... “THE LIFE OF ONE WE LOVE IS NEVER LOST. IT’S INFLUENCE GOES ON THROUGH ALL THE LIVES IT EVER TOUCHED.” Love and Prayers, LC & Linda

Posted by LC and Linda Booth on April 26, 2023

Our family sends our love and deepest sympathy to Tricia’s family. She was such a kind and caring friend to our aunt (Lee Lee) and always brought sunshine when she came to visit. We are lifting all of you in prayer.

Posted by Sandy Burleigh on April 25, 2023

My deepest condolences to the family of Tricia. I will be eternally grateful for her kindness to my Mother, Madeline Wright. Tricia was a very kind and considerate person.

Posted by Kay W. McCrickard on April 25, 2023

Tommy, Cheryl and I just saw the obituary. We are so sorry. She was a wonderful person. If there’s anything we can help with please call. Cheryl and David Hawkins

Posted by David and Cheryl Hawkins on April 23, 2023

Mrs. Garner, mama, was always a source of joy and a conduit of faith. She was such an inspiration to those around her, friend or stranger. I know now beyond a doubt that she is with the King and His work has been completed in her! I’ll always cherish those memories from long days at wrestling tournaments, her life-giving conversations, and getting to be a part of her legacy here on earth. Until we meet again in our glorified bodies!

Posted by Jon Sherlin on April 22, 2023

My dear friend and Bible study supporter. I will cherish all my memories from Big Tee/ Huds. The conversations about our faith in our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. My dear sister in Christ is healed! I look forward to seeing you again in Glory. I’m confident you have now heard, Well done good and faithful servant !

Posted by Darryl Hudnall on April 20, 2023

You were my best friend, my encouraging 👼 I will miss our talks & our ‘simplicity’. No more pain here on this earth. You are home now & I can only imagine the awe you are feeling and what you are seeing. I will see you again my friend & know you’ll be waiting for me 😇♥️

Posted by Ann Wade on April 20, 2023

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for the loss of your wife, mother, and grandmother. We are very grateful that we had the opportunity to know Tricia as a neighbor and friend. She was a disciple for God and a sunshine in everyone's life. Tricia will always have a special place in our hearts. God bless and comfort your family because we know Tricia is with Jesus.

Posted by Mary Jane and William Alvis on April 20, 2023

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