Garnett Everman Qualls, age 98, of North Tolliver Road, Morehead, went to be with the Lord on Friday, October 1, 2021, at St. Claire HealthCare in Morehead.
Born July 8, 1923, in Gregoryville, in Carter County, she was a daughter of the late Orra and Iona Everman. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by five sisters, Lillian Everman, Lorraine Brown, June Hawkins, Jewell Burch, and Jean Bramblett.
Garnett’s loving husband of 75 years, William Verlin Qualls, whom she married February 9, 1946, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 3, 2021, two days after Garnett’s passing. She is survived one son, Joel Aaron (Jackie) Qualls of Morehead; one daughter, Mary Gay Lambert of Olive Hill; four grandchildren, Denita (Wayne) Warren, Jamie (Derrick) Armstrong, James Qualls, and Beau (Kristi) Lambert; six great grandchildren, Joshua Warren, Crystal Hunt, Matthew Warren, Frankie and Catie Smith, and Ronnie Beth Lambert; and four great grandchildren, Addison, Jack and Jake Warren, and Sylas.
Other survivors include two brothers, Don Everman and Darrell Everman, both of Grayson; two sisters, Sandy Allen of Paducah and Gay Washburn of Lexington; and several nieces and nephews.
Garnett was the fourth child of ten and no stranger to hard work. Her father and his two mules hired out to other farmers so Ma and the girls worked the farm. She worked at Erie School to pay her tuition and it was there she met Verlin.
She helped in World War II by going to Columbus, Ohio, and working at Wright-Patterson making radios for the Helldiver airplanes. After two years, she moved to Frankfort and worked at the Kentucky State Capitol with her sister Gay until Verlin returned from the Army.
Garnett was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed being Verlin’s wife and co-owner of Qualls Wholesale Grocery in Olive Hill until they sold it in 1972. In 1958 they moved to Morehead where Garnett worked at Cowden’s Outlet. When Cowden’s closed, she enjoyed staying at home and taking care of the house, children and grandchildren. She also helped Verlin with their farms in Fleming and Carter counties.
She was a member of Three Pines Freewill Baptist Church and loved singing to the Lord as she went about her day. Garnett, or as everyone called her Granny, enjoyed spending time with her family and working in her flowers. Her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren were her pride and joy. She truly was a saint of God and will be greatly missed.
Funeral services for Garnett and Verlin will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals Memorial Chapel with Pastor Gary Sparks officiating. The service will be live streamed on Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals Facebook page beginning at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens with full military honors by Morehead American Legion Post No. 126.
Pallbearers: Joshua Warren, James Qualls, Matthew Warren, Beau Lambert, Wayne Warren, Tim Hunt, Randy Day, and Derrick Smith.
Visitation for Garnett and Verlin will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals, 400 Fraley Drive, Morehead, KY 40351.
For the safety of everyone, the family requests all attendees please wear masks.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Claire Hospice, 222 Medical Circle, Morehead, KY 40351.
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