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Carl Garner, long-time resident engineer of Greers Ferry Lake, has died

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 TUMBLING SHOALS, AR (KAIT) – The man who oversaw the construction of Greers Ferry Lake and Dam has died.

William Carl Garner, 99, of Tumbling Shoals died Sunday at White County Medical Center.

A native of Sulphur Rock, Garner joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after graduating Lyon College in Batesville.

During his 58-year career with the corps, Garner oversaw construction of the Bull Shoals Dam in Mountain Home and Table Rock Dam in Branson, Missouri.

In 1959 he became the Resident Engineer for the Greers Ferry Project in Heber Springs.

According to his obituary, Garner said he would “make it the best project in the nation. And he did as evidenced by his many awards and honors.”

He also spearheaded the Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup project that later went nationwide as the Federal Lands National Cleanup Day. It was renamed in 1995 to honor Garner’s dedication “to conserve and preserve God’s beautiful creation.”

He is survived wife, Jean; their son, Carl Wade Garner of Little Rock; and several grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and many other nieces, nephews and relatives.

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