David Gordon Garland, 75, died in home in Johnson City on Saturday, June 21, 2008. He was the son of the late Gladys and Jesse Garland. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Anne Garland and Kathryn Garland Stokes, his son David Garland, III and a nephew, Phillip Stokes, Jr. Survivors include: his wife of 50 years, Jane Garland, a daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Normand St. Onge; grandchildren, Alex, Nathan and Darby St. Onge, son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Jackie Garland and grandsons, Josh and Danny Pressley. Grandson, Jesse Garland and daughter-in-law Sherry Garland Spooner; brother-in-law, Phillip Stokes, Sr. and nephew, Thom Stokes and family. Throughout his life in Washington County, as a dairy farmer and conservationist, he served the community in many capacities. He received the Tennessee Outstanding Young Farmer Award in 1966, awarded by the Tennessee Jaycees. David served as President of both the Tennessee Holstein Association and the Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts. He served as chair for the Washington County Soil Conservation District from 1977 to 1995, was a member of the Governor's Council on Agriculture and Forestry in Tennessee and was a Board Member for the Johnson City Area Home Builders Association. David was a graduate of the University of Tennessee in 1957. He was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Johnson City. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Clubhouse of the Garland Farm Estates, 303 Garland Farm Boulevard, Gray, TN 37615. A graveside service will be conducted on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. at the Happy Valley Memorial Park, family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the following: The Westminster Presbyterian Church Building Fund, or the Mission to North America for Curtis Stapleton's Church Planting, both at this address: 2343 Knob Creek Road, Johnson City, TN 37604 or the Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts Scholarship Fund, 126 Mesa Drive, Gray, TN 37615.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Dear Jane and Family, My sincerest sympathy to all on your loss of David. I always considered him a friend and was honored when he called and ask me to serve when he formed the scholarship program through TACD. I serve as chairperson today and always think of you and him when we meet at convention to choose the recipients. Through his work and dedication, six $500 scholarships are awarded each year. You are in my thoughts and prayers, Linda Partin

  2. Anonymous says:

    Dear Michael, Jackie and family, I was so saddened to hear of your father’s death. I pray that God will bless you and give you strength in this most difficult time. My thoughts and prayers will be for you, your family and your Mother. May God’s grace uplift you. Sincerely, Terry Sisk

  3. Anonymous says:

    Michael, Jackie, and family, We were so sorry to hear of your father’s death. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you His comfort and peace. Bud and Norma Martin

  4. Anonymous says:

    Mother and I were so very sorry to learn of your loss, Jane.Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.Sally and Emily Hale

  5. Anonymous says:

    We are so saddened at the loss of your father. We are thinking about you during this difficult time and sending our heartfelt sympathy. We pray God will give you the peace and strength to make it through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Anonymous says:

    We were very sorry to hear of your fathers passing. We will be thinking of you ! Clarke & Rose Lucas

  7. Anonymous says:

    To Mrs. Garland and the Garland Family, I want to extend my sincere condolence for your loss. I first met Mr Garland while I was a branch manager for Diesel Sales and Service Co. in Johnson City, in the mid 1970’s. I moved to JC from Chattanooga, for business. I was fortunate to have earned Mr Garland’s trust and friendship through his need for diesel fuel system and turbochargers for his farm equipment. Mr Garland and I often discussed farming and his love of it, his equipment and his old IH Scout. We were talking one day and he was told me how slow his Scout went up his driveway. He then decided to let me turbocharge the Scout so he could pull the hill to his home faster. I completed the turbocharger installation, and over the years had the opportunity to have many conversations with David, he was always the Gentleman, quite spoken and respectful of others. I to this day value the friendship and trust he showed me as a young tech in the diesel industry. While living in JC, I married Loretta Garland from Joesborough and later moved away from JC in the early 80’s. We were at a Daniel Boone 10 year class reunion and I saw David Garland III and we started talking and he mentioned how Mr Garland missed me working on his old IH Scout. I was sitting there at the table that night at their class reunion and Loretta, my wife could not figure out how I knew so many of the guys in her class since I wasn’t from the JC area. I explained it was through my business and related to farm machinery. When I have visited the JC area and drive through the Garland Farm, I still smile at the thought of Mr Garland and his old IH Scout. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with You and Your Family. Sincerely, Ed & Loretta Holtzhower

  8. Anonymous says:

    To the Garland Family, I was fortunate enough to get to know Mr. David Garland thru his service in the Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts and our mutual friendship with Daymond Broyles. David was a great friend of conservation of the land and I admired him for that. He had great sense of humor and loved the outdoors and fishing in Canada. I was invited by Daymond in 2002 to go on a fishing trip to Canada because David had invited him to go on one with him years earlier. David will be missed in many areas. I pray for God’s comfort, strength and guidance for you and the family during this time of grief and loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Bill Dailey

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