Garland, Doris Lea (Cleveland)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Doris Garland
Doris Garland

Doris Lea Garland, 85, a resident of Cleveland, Tennessee, passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2018.

Doris was born on Aug. 16, 1932, to the late Robert and Edna Payne. She was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church, as well as a member of the Ocoee Chapter Order of Eastern Star. Many knew her from her time working at both Peytons and Burlington Industries. Doris had a generous, giving heart, often volunteering at the Bradley County Cannery and her church at Oak Grove Baptist. She loved to cook, quilt, do embroidery, and sing in the choir. Although she had many talents and hobbies, the thing she enjoyed most was spending time with her beloved family.

Along with her parents, Doris was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Claud Garland; son, Freddie Garland; son-in-law, Roger Poe; and siblings, J.C. Payne, Randall Payne, Annis Van Dyke, and Patricia McCracken.

Doris leaves behind to cherish her memory, her loving daughters, Glenda Epperson (Lynn) and Judy Poe; grandchildren, Jeremy Epperson (Amanda), Adam Epperson (Amy), Matthew Epperson (Adrienne), Julie Howard (Jeff), and Jessica Stone (Charlie); great-grandchildren, Anais Epperson, Bryson Epperson, Gabriel Epperson, Quentin Epperson, Aubrie Epperson, Mattie Epperson, Brodie Stone, and Shelby Stone; sister, Ruth Smith; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

The family will receive friends from 12-2 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, at Companion Funeral Home, at 2419 Georgetown Road NW, Cleveland, Tn. 37311.

A celebration of life funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. at the funeral home, with Adam Epperson and Matthew Epperson officiating.

Following the service, Doris will be laid to rest in the Sunset Memorial Gardens, with Lynn Epperson presiding over the graveside. Jeremy Epperson, Adam Epperson, Matthew Epperson, Bryson Epperson, Charlie Stone, Brodie Stone, and Jeff Howard will be serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Roger Thompson, Bud Waltman, Ronald Miller, Pete Barber, Pete Newman, and Jonathon Powell.

You are invited to share a personal memory of Doris or your condolences with her family at her online memorial at

Companion Funeral and Cremation Service and the Cody family are honored to assist the Garland family with these arrangements.

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