THOMPSONVILLE — Broncho Garvin Dial, 93, went to be with the Lord at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Helia Health Care in Benton, with loving family at his side.
He was born Feb. 3, 1923, in Hamilton County, the 10th son of John Warden Henry Dial and Rhoda Belle (Garvin) Dial.
He married Lucendia May Smith on Sept. 25, 1943, in McLeansboro.
He served in the U. S. Army during World War II as a medic in the European Theatre under General Patton. He was awarded several medals including the “Silver Star.” He returned home to work the family farm where he and Cindy raised six children.
When he no longer farmed, he worked and retired from Franklin Hospital as the director of laundry services.
For over 60 years he served faithfully as a deacon, first at Oak Grove Baptist Church near Akin, and then later at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church near West End.
Garvin is survived by five daughters, Loretta Belle Brown of Benton, Margaret Sharon (Paul) Adams of Benton, Donna Sue (George) Logan of Broughton, Debra Ann Head of Benton, Amy Doreen (Kenneth) Cockrum of Benton; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Edna Summers and June DeBow; three sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one son, Keith Garvin Dial; seven grandchildren; six brothers, John, Gay, Paul, Harry, Ben and Gordon; three sisters, Jewel Hatchett, Sylvia Bowen and Mercy Williams; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Sloan Funeral Home in Galatia, with the Revs. Mark Cockrum and Jody Kilburn officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be conducted by Thompsonville American Legion and the Marion Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Pleasant Valley Church.