On June 14, 2022, Ches Garner of Pell City, AL passed away unexpectedly in Birmingham, Alabama
while doing rehab after a recent cancer procedure. He was born January 8, 1980 in Rome, GA to James S.
Garner III and Cheryl C. Garner. Ches is survived by his devoted wife Stephanie Runyans Garner, his
mother, and his younger brother Samuel T. Garner. His wife Stephanie is supported by her family in the
area. Her mother Shawn Story, father Jimmy Runyans, and sister Lauren Runyans Evans live in Pell City
while her brother, James Runyans, lives in Hoover. Ches graduated from Darlington School and later
Jacksonville State University where he met his wife. He remained active in the Alumni Board of the Delta
Chi Fraternity and served as Chapter Advisor. Ches was an avid sailor and enjoyed his time at the Rome
Sailing Club. Ches was universally loved by his friends and family, and loved us back; so much so that he
bravely fought brain cancer for 17 years to stay here with us. Ches just celebrated his 18th
wedding anniversary on June 12, 2022. Stephanie was everything Ches ever asked for in a spouse and provided
him with exactly what he needed during his many surgeries and chemotherapy.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 25th at 3:30 pm CST at the Usrey Funeral Home,
21271 Hwy. 231 N, Pell City, AL. Receiving of friends will precede the service from 2:00-3:30. In lieu of
flowers, please consider a donation in Ches Garner's memory. You may contact The Robert Tisch Brain
Tumor Center online at https://tischbraintumorcenter.duke.edu for complete information or the St. Clair
County Humane Society at 1605 Cogswell Avenue, Pell City, AL 35125 (205)467-2493.
A Memorial Tree was planted for Andrew
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Usrey Funeral Home