Garner gets fun send-off after 29 years

Larry or some refer to him as “Grady” Garner stood behind the contractor counter at Corum’s Building & Farm Center for the last time last Friday. After spending 29 years helping contractors, do it yourselfers and any customer who came into Corum’s needing help, Garner is ready to join the ranks of the retired.

Many family members, co-workers at Corums, friends and the patrons of Corum’s helped to make his day a memorable one. Most who dealt with Garner considered him a friend as well, not just someone they did business with or who could answer their questions.

Lots of BBQ, thanks to co-worker Jimmy Bone cooking, appetizers, fruit, sides and dessert were available to those who came in the store to say farewell and good luck to Garner. Lots of smiles could be seen on the faces of all who came in and joined in the fun. While some might think of Garner as a man of few words, he knew his business and could answer any question you might have about building and hardware.

“He has been with us through good times and bad times, always loyal and dependable, Grady was the go to guy because of his knowledge and experience. He was a friend to the Corum family and will be greatly missed,” Kevin Corum said of Garner.

“Grady has been a part of our family here at Corum’s for 29 years.  His knowledge and experience of our trade cannot be replaced.  He will be greatly missed, but we all wish him well in his retirement,” Reggie Corum said during the celebration Friday.

Garner plans to enjoy his retirement by spending time with his grandchildren and have more time for fishing and hunting and taking time to relax and just enjoy life.

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