Joe Garland of Malden, son of the late Jerry and Vevia Skelton Garland, was born Aug. 8, 1925 at Malden and died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002 in the Malden Nursing Center at the age of 76. Mr. Garland was a cotton ginner, a member and past deacon of the First Southern Baptist Church in Malden and retired from the Army National Guard. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, Air Force and Army, where he received the Meritorious Service Medal from then Gov. John Ashcroft. Joe also was an Adult Literacy Program Volunteer and a VISTA Volunteer, having worked with migrant workers. He was united in marriage to Margarete Basham Garland on July 1, 1947 at Marion, Ark., she survives. Besides his wife, Mr. Garland is survived by one daughter, Linda Barton of Crystal City, Mo.; by three brothers, Delmar Garland and Jay Garland, both of Malden, and Ray Garland of Canyon Lake, Texas; by two granddaughters; by three great-grandchildren; and by two sisters, Fay Carter of Paducah, Ky. and Flossie Beaird of Parma. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth and Paul Garland; and one sister, Adell Lanier. Visitation will be held at the Landess Funeral Home in Malden on Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 6 - 9 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. in the Landess Funeral Chapel with Rev. Keith Garland officiating. Interment will follow at the Rosewood 1st Addition Cemetery in Malden with Landess Funeral Home of Malden in charge of arrangements.