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      Mrs. Garnell Ernestine Williams Saunders was born on February 1, 1932 in Gastonia, North Carolina and departed this life Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at Belaire Health Care Center, Gastonia, North Carolina.  She was the daughter of the late Amzi and Etzel Herndon Williams.

Garnell was a member of St. Stephens A.M.E. Zion Church, Gastonia, North Carolina where she served on the Adult Choir.

Garnell attended Highland Elementary and Highland High School in Gastonia, North Carolina.  She was a homemaker.  Garnell loved her children, grandchildren, Western Movies, Soap Operas and basketball, especially Stephon Curry.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles LeVerne Saunders; one sister, Gladys Phillips; five brothers, James Arthur Williams, Frederick Williams, Robert Lester Williams, George Halley Williams and Albert Williams.

Garnell leaves to cherish precious memories three daughters, Sheila S. Kennedy (Edward), Fredia S. Smith (Robert) and Miriam S. Phillips (Ronnie Lee); four sisters-in-law, Doris Holland, Brenda Faye Brown, Julia Saunders and Margurite Williams; four brothers-in-law, James, Carrol, Alfred Saunders and Conard Brown; six grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren; special niece and nephew, Reverend Dr. Winfred Sanders and Garnetta Sanders; cousin, Freddie and Edna Saunders; a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
 

Funeral Arrangement

PLACE OF SERVICE:
St. Stephens A.M.E. Zion Church
201 W. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, N.C.   28052

DATE & TIME:
Saturday,October 28, 2017 @ 2:00 P.M.

VISITATION:
The family will receive friends at the church for thirty minutes  prior to funeral.
(1:30 until 2:00 p.m,)

BURIAL:
Rose Hill Cemetery
Gastonia, N.C. 28052

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  • Wednesday, October 25, 2017
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Costner Funeral Home
  • Wednesday, October 25, 2017
    Shelia, you and your family have our sincere sympathy at the loss of your dear mother. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. May the love of God surround you during this time.
    ~ Highland Class of 1965   Gastonia, NC
  • Friday, October 27, 2017
    Momma Garnell you are so loved and truly missed.I thank God for the times we had together and the talks and laughter. We Love you so very much.
    ~ LaTara Tribble   Mount Holly, NC
  • Saturday, October 28, 2017
    Shelia, Fredia, Miriam and family you have our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your loved one,your Mom.May the love and memories you shared give you comfort now and the days ahead. Yolande and Carlotta C. Smith Winston Salem,N.C.
  • Sunday, November 12, 2017
    We deeply feel for your loss. At times, there isn't much that can soothe the pain this grief brings, but you may find some comfort in the words of Psalms 9:9 which reads: "Jehovah will become a secure refuge for the oppressed, A secure refuge in times of distress." Yes, our Loving God can help if we allow him to (1John 5:14). He also has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth, when it is restored to a Paradise (Acts 24:15; Psalms 37:9-11,29). No, not just a dream, but for a certainty he will do it, for Isaiah 55:11 shows us that everything he says, he accomplishes without fail. Find out more about this resurrection online at JW.ORG
    ~ R&R Lopez