2011 Regional Citizen of the Year honoree dies in truck collision
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACE–A prominent Brownsboro citizen is dead following a collision Tuesday in Eustace.
W. Dwayne Garner, 79, was pronounced dead shortly after his eastbound Toyota Corolla crossed the center lane and collided with a flatbed truck in the far westbound lane, according to Eustace Police Chief Ken Holder.
The wreck occurred just 300 yards east of the FM 316 traffic signal on US 175. Garner was pronounced dead at the ETMC emergency in Gun Barrel City.
Traffic was stopped for a full four hours after the 10 a.m. crash, while investigators sifted through 100 yards of a debris field. Garner may have experienced a health crisis shortly before the collision, causing his car to cross from the far right eastbound lane into the far left westbound lane into the empty 18-wheel flatbed truck.
Garner’s car struck the truck in the driver’s side fuel storage tank just behind the cab and also damaged a tire assembly.
Services for Garner were scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday at the Rock Hill Baptist Church in LaRue with a graveside service with full military honors to follow in the Rock Hill Cemetery.
Garner graduated from Malakoff High School and completed a distinguished career in the U.S. Air Force before serving the county as an adult probation officer.
During his 20-year military service he was awarded the Bronze Star, two Commendation Medals and the Presidential Unit Citation.
After retiring yet again from public service, he volunteered with several organizations. In 2011 his volunteer services were recognized by the East Texas Council of Governments, which awarded him with the title – Regional Citizen of the Year.