Garland Yarbrough

Obituary of Garland Frankie Yarbrough

Garland Frankie Yarbrough Jr. departed this world on April 11, 2021 while surrounded by his wife of 44 years, Jennifer Yarbrough, and his sons: Eric (Jennifer Free, Robert and Rachel), Brian (Shellie Thompson), and Robert (Jennifer Mikoll, Charlotte and Violet). The son of Garland Frankie Yarbrough Sr. and Vivian Delores Yarbrough, Garland was born on July 29, 1954 in Portsmouth, Virginia. He has two surviving sisters: April Abernathy and Cathy Daniel. Garland was a caring man who was well respected and mutually loved by all who knew him. Called simply “G” by family and friends, he was known for his quick witted commentary and for providing “life lessons” to his children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews - or to anyone else who would listen! He placed others first in all he did, and he maintained meaningful relationships with extended family and friends that spanned many years. Garland retired from the US Army in 1995 at the rank of Master Sergeant with over 20 years of exemplary service. Among his duty stations were: Heidelberg, Germany, where he married Jennifer and they had Eric; Ft. Hood, Texas, where they had Brian and he left Active Duty; and finally Chattanooga, Tennessee, where Garland joined the Army Reserves and they had Robert. He was mobilized to Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, in 1990 in support of Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm, and throughout his career he earned multiple military honors, including the Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster. Garland worked at Mueller Co. in Chattanooga from 1980 to 2015, and during that time, he advanced from being a Pattern Maker’s apprentice to upper leadership on a reputation of attention to detail and extensive technical expertise. He was well known there for his problem solving abilities, and his family always enjoyed seeing the many different places a Chattanooga-made Mueller fire hydrant appeared in the world. Garland will be missed in this world. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 16. 2021 at 12:00 noon in the Chapel of Legacy Funeral Home with Artie O'Neal officiating. He will be laid to rest at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday, April 16, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations made in Garland’s memory to his favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Arrangements by Legacy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 8911 Dallas Hollow Road Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379, (423) 843-2525. To share memories, photos or condolences please visit www.legacyfuneralhome.com.
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Friday
16
April

Visitation

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday, April 16, 2021
Legacy Funeral Home and Cremation Center
8911 Dallas Hollow Road
Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee, United States
(423) 843-2525
Friday
16
April

Funeral Service

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Friday, April 16, 2021
Legacy Funeral Home and Cremation Center Chapel
8911 Dallas Hollow Road
Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee, United States
(423) 843-2525
Friday
16
April

Burial

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Friday, April 16, 2021
Chattanooga National Cemetery
1200 Bailey Ave.
Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

In Lieu of Flowers

In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations made in Garland’s memory to his favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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