Funeral service is Saturday for man who inspired co-workers to seek change in county leave policy

The man who prompted an outpouring of sympathy that led to co-workers seeking a change in county government policy has lost his battle with cancer. Garland England Jr. died Tuesday night at the age of 57 after a battle with pancreatic and liver cancer. Following his diagnosis in January, Mr. England exhausted his vacation and sick leave time with the Dickson County Highway Department while undergoing treatment in Atlanta. That prompted many of his co-workers to seek permission to donate some of their accrued leave time for Mr. England, which was not allowed under the county’s current employee policies. At its June 16 meeting, the Dickson County Commission approved a one-time exception to its policy that would let other highway department employees donate some of their sick leave to be used by Mr. England, which led Commissioner Cotton Dawson to suggest the county consider changing its policy permanently for all county employees. The agenda for Monday night’s commission work session includes discussion on that possible change. Visitation with the family of Garland England Jr. will be 4-8 pm today, 2-8 pm Friday and 10 am-3 pm Saturday at the Spann Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 3 pm Saturday in the chapel of Spann Funeral Home with Bro. Jay Robinson and James Davidson officiating. Burial will be in the Williams Cemetery. A Dickson County native who grew up in White Bluff and most recently lived in Charlotte, Mr. England is survived by his wife, Faye Dawson England; parents, Barbara and Garland England Sr.; daughter, Emily Joy England; stepdaughters, Jessica Davidson and Jamie Springer; stepson, James Davidson; grandchild, McKenzie McFarlin; and a brother, Tommy England.