Willard H. Garland, 78, of Highlands, NC passed away June 18, 2018.
He was born January 13, 1940, at Otto, NC, the son of the late Alex and Ruth Garland. He attended Otto Elementary School before moving to Tamassee DAR School where he graduated in 1958. Willard joined the Army in 1959, after serving three years he worked at Rabun Mills before attending Western Carolina University, earning a BS in Education and later earning a MA in Education. He taught at Highlands School for 30 years before retiring in 1998.
He is survived by wife, Gail; daughter, Gretchen Beck (Kevin), grandchildren, Cooper, Dylan and Abigail of Etowah, NC; sisters, Rebecca Cragg (Charles) of Copperas Cove, TX and Mary Newton of Pendleton, SC and a brother, Dean of Seneca, SC.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 3:00 pm in the chapel of Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home and Crematory with Rev. Roy Lowe officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in the Goldmine Community. Franklin VFW post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 will perform military graveside rites. The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 3:00 pm prior to the service at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are son‑in‑law, Kevin Beck, brothers‑in law, Weldon Keener, Ervin Keener, Bruce Keener, Randy Brown, Ronald DeMore and Milton Estes.
In lieu of flowers you are encouraged to make a donation to your favorite charity.
Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Garland family.