Auction to benefit family of Larry Garner Jr.

Asia Ashley

April 18, 2014

As medical bills linger and a family struggles to pick up the pieces after the death of Larry Garner, Jr., friends and family near and far, high and low, are partnering for a benefit dinner and auction in remembrance of the 47-year-old who died of cancer in October.

“Camos & Bows” will be the theme themed due to Garner’s passion for the outdoors and hunting, and will be held June 1 to help Garner’s family pay medical bills and start a college fund for his son.

“He was very, very organized even after his death,” said Drew Garner, Larry Garner’s brother and one of the three leading the event’s committee. “He wanted to help with the funeral and medical costs for the family and to start the college fund, so we’re just fulfilling his wish.”

Celebrities including comedian Jeff Foxworthy and several sports players, will be in attendance at the auction and, according to Drew Garner, the dinner has sold out, with 25 tables selling for between $2,500 to $3,500.

“We have received a lot of support,” he said.

One of six boys, Larry Garner worked with his father at the family’s business, Garner Construction, for over 30 years. He survived testicular cancer 12 years ago, but was diagnosed with stage 4 renal cell carcinoma, or kidney cancer, in June 2013, which later took his life.

Bow hunting had been a family hobby of the Garners, who have a farm on Lanier Road in the Rosemont area. Dale Earnhardt, Sr. visited the Garner farm several times to hunt and came across a 1955 hardtop Chevrolet Bel Air and a 1957 hardtop Chevrolet 210 that the Garners had protected in storage for many years.

Earnhardt was particularly interested in the Chevrolet 210, still in its original factory condition with barely more than 60,000 original miles on it.

According to a press release from Cathy Sargent, Earnhardt offered to buy the car three times in one visit, but Larry Garner Sr. but declined and asked Earnhardt to sign it instead. Earnhardt would not sign car with his perception that writing on the car would diminish the value. Larry Garner, Sr. convinced Earnhardt to sign both of the Chevys on the inside of the deck lids. According to Earnhardt, at the time, these were the only two cars of their kind in the world with his signature. Earnhardt was killed in a crash at Daytona the next year.

The autographed 1955 Chevrolet will be one of the 100 plus items items auctioned at the “Camo & Bows” auction, along with major league baseball items signed by several players, guns, bows, guitars, special collectibles, and much more. More items are being added every day.

The event will be held June 1 at Oakhurst Farm located at 19888 Hwy 219 in West Point, with a VIP event beginning at 4 p.m. and the dinner at 5:30 p.m. The auction will begin at 7 p.m.

Special guests who were friends of Larry Garner Jr., include many in the professional racing, baseball, and hunting worlds because his talent and passion for bow-hunting white-tailed deer allowed him to meet other avid outdoorsmen. Larry Jr.’s brother Glenn, who formerly worked for Realtree Outdoors and now works for Foxworthy Outdoors, also loves to hunt and helped expand Larry Garner Jr.’s circle of hunting friends. Some of his friends and special guests at “Camo and Bows,” will include Jeff Foxworthy, former major league baseball players J. D. Drew, Darren Homes, and Kevin Millwood, and Travis “T-Bone” Turner and Nicholas Mundt of Bone Collector.

Tickets to the auction can be purchased for $20 at Kia of LaGrange, Re/Max Results LaGrange, Mitchell Marine and Chris Clark Grading & Paving in Lanett, Ala.

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