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Mildred Parker Garland, age 86, 109 Lake Hill Drive, Unicoi, died Saturday, June 30, 2012, at the Center on Aging and Health.
She was born June 24,1926, at Buladean, N.C., to the late Robert Lee and Polly Ann Birchfield Parker. She was a longtime resident of Unicoi.
Mrs. Garland was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.
She taught for over 35 years in the Unicoi County school system, having taught the majority of those years and retiring from Unicoi Elementary School.
Mrs. Garland was a faithful member of Unicoi Free Will Baptist Church, where she volunteered her time as much as possible. Teaching, her church, and family were her life.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Michael Crenshaw and a brother, Lonas Parker.
Survivors include her loving husband and best friend of 63 years: D.H. Garland Jr.; two daughters: Melissa Garland, Unicoi, Shea Crenshaw and husband Robert, Linville Falls, N.C.; two grandsons: Robby Crenshaw, Brady Crenshaw and wife Allison; one great grandson: Brayden Crenshaw, all of Linville Falls, N.C.; sister-in-law: Ruby Parker, Johnson City.
Funeral service was held at 7 p.m., Monday, July 2, at Unicoi Free Will Baptist Church. The Revs. Nathan Jennings, Brett Jones, and Talmadge Brown officiated. Special music will be provided by Harold McNabb, Steven Miller, Diane Gentry and Robert Arrowood.
Active pallbearers were Bobby Crenshaw, Brady Crenshaw, Rick Anders, James Bohannon, Randy Bailey, and Bob Gouge.
Honorary pallbearers were Garland Anderson, Larry Tittle, and Homer Price.
Interment will be held Tuesday, July 3, at 10 a.m., in Parker-Garland Cemetery, Buladean, N.C. Those attending the service are asked to meet at Unicoi Funeral Home by 9 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Unicoi Free Will Baptist Church Building Fund, 401 Tennessee St., Unicoi, TN 37692 or to the Free Will Baptist Family Ministries, 90 Stanley Lane, Greeneville, TN 37743.
Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Garland family through an interactive Book of Memories at
Unicoi Funeral Home is in charge.