Garland C. Hathaway


Garland C. Hathaway, 86, of Quincy, a cherished husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away on February 16, 2024, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.

Born on October 22, 1937, in St. Louis, MO, Garland was the loving son of William C. and Gladys (Henry) Hathaway. On April 30, 1956, he married his soulmate, Gloria J. Keller, in Hernando, Mississippi. Their enduring love was a beacon of hope and strength for their family. Garland’s beloved wife, Gloria, survives him.

The Hathaway family blossomed with the addition of two children, Jeanne Vollbracht and David Hathaway (Mary) of Quincy, who brought joy and purpose to Garland’s life. His seven grandchildren, Katie Dallmier (Jeremy), Kelly Eyler (Andy), Kevin Vollbracht (Barbra), Patty Cooper (Josh), Paul Hathaway (Emily), David Hathaway, and Dawn Leenerts (Kenny), and fifteen great-grandchildren, Aubrey, Alix, Blake, Carter, Jaxson, Eva, Xandre, Anthony, Joshie, Drew, Zach, Joey, AJ, Roy, and Gloria, filled his days with laughter and pride.

Garland was preceded in death by his parents; his infant brother, Lawrence; his father and mother-in-law, Earl and Kate Keller; his son-in-law, Mark Vollbracht; his sister-in-law, Susan Mayes; one brother, Leroy Hathaway; a great-grandson, Korbin Dallmier; and a nephew, Matthew Keller.

Garland’s life journey was defined by his unwavering dedication to his work and community. As a charismatic sales representative at AC Delco, he earned the respect of many due to his integrity and charm. In his younger years, his strong faith shone through in his role as a deacon and mentor to youth, serving as a shining example of godly living. Church choir membership of many years and occasional southern gospel solos were evidence of his great love of music and desire to bring joy to others. Later, Garland was a dedicated member of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Quincy, IL.

Garland’s wide range of interests and hobbies showcased his passion for life. A true jack of all trades, he found particular joy in restoring vintage 1950s car engines at his brother Leroy’s garage in his younger years. His love for the Lord was the foundation of his being, evident in his daily Bible readings and enjoyment of southern gospel programming. With a heart of service and a willingness to help others, Garland’s skills ranged from carpentry to culinary arts. His talents were on display in the deck he built and the legendary chili and savory meats he cooked up. His love for sweets was well-known, with a weakness for apple pie, cherry cheesecake, and Vienna Finger cookies.

Whether on the golf course with family or in a bowling alley at work, Garland’s zest for life was infectious. One of his most cherished memories was the trip to Hawaii he took with Gloria to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. Garland’s light-hearted spirit and teasing nature brought laughter to all, reminding us of the importance of joy and keeping spirits uplifted. He leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and faith that will continue to resonate with all who were fortunate enough to know him.

Friends and family are invited to Garland’s Life Celebration at a visitation that will be Tuesday, February 20, 2024, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at O’Donnell-Cookson Life Celebration Home in Quincy, IL. A Funeral Ceremony will be at 1:00 pm Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at the O’Donnell-Cookson Life Celebration Home in Quincy. Pastor Tim Dougherty will officiate. Burial will follow at Greensburg Cemetery in Greensburg, Mo. Pallbearers will be Paul Hathaway, David Hathaway, Josh Cooper, Andy Eyler, Jeremy Dallmier, and Kenny Leenerts.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lighthouse Baptist Church or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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