May 19, 2020

Milton Edward “Cork” Garner, 76, of Monticello, Mo., died May 12, 2020 at his home.
He was born March 25, 1944 in Pike County, IL a son of Milton Irwin and Marjorie Marie Blacketter Garner. He married Mary L. Cole in Hannibal, MO on October 17, 1964.

Corky had been a school bus driver for Canton R-V School District as well as an over the road truck driver. He would say he was a jack-of-all-trades and master of none. He belonged to several organizations, including the Mississippi Rat Pack Car Club of Keokuk, IA, he was a Ham Operator and belonged to the 10-X International Net, Inc. He was a member of the Monticello Masonic Lodge No. 58 A.F. & A.M., Valley of Columbia Scottish Rite and was ordained as a non-demoninational clergy of Rose Ministries. He was of the Methodist faith.

He served in the U.S. Air Force in 1962-63.

He is survived by his wife Mary L. Garner of Monticello; daughters, Cynthia Dawn Garner of St. Louis, MO and Tara Beth Garner of Dallas, TX; son, Anthony Strunk of Canton, MO; grandson, Dalton Geoffry Garner of Hannibal, MO and granddaughters, Krystyn P. Sarten of LaGange, MO and Tabitha Danielle Brumbaugh of Bevier, MO; son-in-law Jaxyn Garner of Dallas, TX, family friend; Sherrill Lynn Fury of La Grange, MO; brother-in-law Larry J. Cole of Canton, MO; nephew Ethan Cole of Canton, MO; nieces Ane Hull of Worden, IL, Crystal Lewis of Mt. Sterling, IL, Taylor Cole and Clarie Cole both of Canton, MO and several cousins and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and sister, Pamela Garner.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there will be a private family service at the Davis Funeral Home in Canton, MO. Music: Old Rugged Cross. Honorary pallbearers Larry Cole, Ethan Cole and Tony Strunk. The family would like to thank you for your prayers and support during this difficult period. Please visit to send a condolence or sign the guestbook online, or you may send a sympathy card in memory of Cork to the Davis Funeral Home, P.O. Box 108, Canton, MO 63435.

Memorials to the Lewis County Nursing Home.