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Ruth Lucille Waite Gregory

Ruth Lucille (Lucy) Waite Gregory, age 83, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 18, 2017, after a lengthy illness. She was born on June 21, 1933, in Aberdeen, Miss., to Kirk and Lucille (Crenshaw) Waite. In 1950 she married James Edward (Ed) Gregory.

In 1959 the young couple and their family moved to Shelbyville. Lucy had a lengthy career in the accounting department at Duck River Electric, retiring in 1998. Ed and Lucy enjoyed gardening and following the Shelbyville Eaglette girls’ basketball team.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years and her brothers, Kirk Waite, Jr. and Lem Waite.

Mrs. Gregory is survived by her children: Ed (Carolyn) Gregory of Hendersonville, Sharon (Gary Trail) Brown of Smyrna, Mike (Lisa) Gregory of Shelbyville; 10 grandchildren: Chris Gregory of Hartsville, Kelly (Amanda) Gregory of Gallatin, Carrie Hackney; Emily (Tim Choate) of Chesapeake, VA, Ashley (Bryce Brisco) McWhirter of West Fork, AR; Michael (Amy) Gregory of Shelbyville, Jennifer (Jeffrey) Wiser of Shelbyville, Cindy (Andrew) Stickler of Shelbyville, Matt Gregory of Bell Buckle, Calli Gregory of Shelbyville; 11 great-grandchildren: Jay Gregory, Brooklyn Parker, Beth Ferrell, Gracie Choate, Mattie Gregory, Maddox Gregory, Miccah Gregory, Hunter Elliott, Nicholas Wiser, Austin Stickler, Ethan Stickler; 1 great-great grandchild: Christian Lastfogel.

A celebration of Mrs. Gregory’s life will be held at Doak-Howell Funeral Home in Shelbyville, on Thursday, Feb. 23, at noon, officiated by Bro. Dave Turner.

Interment will be on Sunday, March 5, at 2 p.m. at Hazel Cemetery, Bell Buckle, TN.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Dementia Society of America, Avalon Hospice of Murfreesboro, or a charity of your choice.

L.C. Rush

L.C. Rush, age 87, of Hartsville, passed away Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin.

She was preceded in death by: husband, Billie Rush.

Survivors are: two special nieces, Linda Gammons of Hartsville, Barbara (Pete) Scruggs of Hartsville; several other nieces and nephews; half-sister, Treva Dean Butcher of Lebanon.

Funeral services were held in the chapel of Anthony Funeral Home on Saturday, Feb. 18, officiated by Eld. Kenneth Graham.

Pallbearers were: Darrell & Keith Gross, Garrett & Carlton Baker, Josh Scruggs and Heath Woodard.

Interment was in Hartsville Memorial Gardens.

Memorial donations may be made to the Fred A. Vaught Library.

Anthony Funeral Home, Inc., 337 McMurry Blvd. Hartsville, TN 37074,

615-374-2280, anthonyfhhartsville.com, was in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth Mae Patterson

Elizabeth Mae Patterson, age 98, of Bethpage, passed away Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 at NHC Health Care in Springfield.

Graveside services were held at the Hartsville Memorial Gardens on Wednesday, Feb. 22, officiated by Eld. Brent Hall.

Anthony Funeral Home, Inc., 337 McMurry Blvd., Hartsville, TN 37074, 615-374-2280, anthonyfhhartsville.com, was in charge of arrangements.

Dortch Allen Halliburton

Dortch Allen Halliburton, age 81, of Hartsville, passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 at Tennova Health Care in Lebanon.

She was preceded in death by husbands, Thomas Halliburton, Major Gregory and Hagar Farley.

Survivors are: two sons, Henry (Sherry) Halliburton of Hartsville, Danny (Sherry Givens) Haliburton of Hartsville; five grandchildren, Danya (Scotty) Cox, Bradley (September) Haliburton, Tommy (Nikki) Haliburton, Jamie Garrett & Terri (Lonnie) Taylor; eight great-grandchildren, Gavin Lamb, Brayden Cox, Bradley Crook, Knox Haliburton, Taylor (Bug) McIntosh, Justin Givens, Maeliegh Lamb and Briley Stallings; one great-grandchild due in May, Rosabella Haliburton.

Funeral services were held in the chapel of Anthony Funeral Home on Wednesday, Feb. 15, officiated by Eld. Kenneth Graham.

Pallbearers were: Hank Eden, Joe McIntosh, Greg Stallings, Frankie Adams, Tony Dyer and Gavin Lamb.

Interment was in the Dortch Allen Family Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Anthony Funeral Home, Inc., 337 McMurry Blvd., Hartsville, TN 37074, 615-374-2280, anthonyfhhartsville.com, was in charge of arrangements.

Joan Gertrude Stevens

Joan Gertrude Stevens, age 77, of Gallatin, passed away Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at Skyline Medical Center in Goodlettsville.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Warren J. & Cora Cote; husband, Kenneth Stevens; son, Neal Stevens; two brothers, Richard & Sheldon Cote.

Survivors are: four sons, Michael Williams of Gallatin, Jeffrey C. Williams of Bradenton, FL, Randall Williams of Gallatin, Christopher (Shay) Stevens of Gallatin; two daughters, Michele Stevens of Kennesaw, GA, Stephanie Stevens of Boston, MA; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Roger Cote of Connecticut, Bob Cote of Connecticut, Billy Cote of Maine; sister, Judy Oullatte of Maine.

Funeral services were held in the chapel of Anthony Funeral Home on Tuesday, Jan. 31, officiated by Bro. James Bell.

Interment was in the Hartsville Cemetery.

Anthony Funeral Home, Inc., 337 McMurry Blvd., Hartsville, TN 37074, anthonyfhhartsville.com, was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Louise Spivey

Dorothy Louise Spivey, age 90, of Hartsville, passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin.

She was preceded in death by: husband, Radford Spivey Sr.; parents, Sam Davis Johnson & Stella Ada Mercer Johnson; brothers, Thomas, Douglas & Chester Johnson; sister, Joyce Roberson.

Survivors are: three sons, Radford (Lisa) Spivey Jr. of Lafayette, Danny (Kellie) Spivey of Lafayette, LA; Randy (Lisa) Spivey of Tampa, FL; two daughters, Marie (Gary Dale) Gregory of Hartsville, Cindy (Rick) Matheson of Erin; six grandchildren, Daniel (Susan) Spivey, Chris (Nichole) Spivey, Tracy (Travis) Tramel, Tyler (Megan) Spivey, Audrey Spivey & Radissa Spivey; three step-grandchildren, Christine Himel, Rebekah Buorgeois & Phillip Himel; nine great-grandchildren, Ryan, Reed, Alex, Bradley, Maci, Madi, Kaedyn, Ariyana & Emma Spivey; three step-great-grandchildren, Khloe Buorgeois, Price Tramel & Ellie Thibodaux; two brothers, Don Johnson of Boaz, KY; Finley (Linda) Johnson of Slidell, LA; five sisters, Irene Williams of Portland, Inez (Jimmy) Dill of Gallatin, Ruth (Joe) Caldwell of Gallatin, Uteva Gregory of Gallatin, Janice (Carl) Rollin of Amo, IN.

Funeral services were held in the chapel of Anthony Funeral Home on Monday, Jan. 23, officiated by Bro. Darryl Turner.

Interment was in Hartsville Memorial Gardens.

Memorial donations may be to the American Cancer Society.

Anthony Funeral Home, Inc., 337 McMurry Blvd., Hartsville, TN 37074,

anthonyfhhartsville.com, was in charge of arrangements.

John Taylor Warner

John Taylor “J.T.” Warner, age 89, of Hartsville, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin.

He was preceded in death by: son, Johnny B. Warner.

Survivors are: wife, Emma Warner of Hartsville; two daughters, Martha Satterfield of Hartsville, Joyce Nipper of Hartsville; four grandchildren, Michael (Donna) Satterfield of Hartsville, Bryon (Gena) Satterfield of Lafayette, Bart Warner of Antioch, Brad Nipper of Pelham, AL; nine great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held in the chapel of Anthony Funeral Home on Friday, Jan. 13, officiated by Bro. Carroll Carman.

Honorary pallbearers were: O.J. Warner, J.C. Warner, Joe Mabry, Larry Warner, Curtis Parish & Taylor Badger.

Active pallbearers were: Matthew Warner, Donald Andrews, Jerry E. Presley, Chris Shannon, Kale & Kyle Satterfield, Jake Hickman & Daniel Raney.

Interment was in Hartsville Cemetery.

Anthony Funeral Home, Inc., 337 McMurry Blvd., Hartsville, TN 37074, anthonyfhhartsville.com, was in charge of arrangements.

Linda Grey Case

Linda Grey Case, age 73, of Hartsville, passed away Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville.

She was preceded in death by: father, Clovis W. Merryman; mother, Mary Neal Oldham; daughter, Melinda Carol Case.

Survivors are: husband, Henry Case of Hartsville; two daughters, Melissa (David) Gregory of Riddleton, Shelley (Glenn) Cook of Hartsville; five grandchildren, Daniel (Mia) Gregory, Amber (Bradley) West, Austin Gregory, Kace & Kalen Cook; two great-grandchildren, Mattie & Rob West; brother, Mike Oldham of Pomana, CA; two sisters, Barbara (Joe) Cartwright of Hartsville, Cynthia (Jeff) Ulrich of Alta Loma, CA.

Mrs. Case was saved at Bide Russell Missionary Baptist Church at an early age and was a dedicated member of Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church. She retired from the United States Postal Service and was active in her community. She loved being a Granny.

Funeral services were held in the chapel of Anthony Funeral Home on Tuesday, Jan. 10, officiated by Eld. Eddy Gregory & Eld. Chris Crowder.

Pallbearers were: David, Daniel & Austin Gregory, Glenn & Kace Cook, Bradley West, Joe Cartwright & Jeff Ulrich.

Interment was in Dixon Springs Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hartsville-Trousdale Co. Senior Citizens Center or the Charity of your choice.

Anthony Funeral Home, Inc., 337 McMurry Blvd., Hartsville, TN 37074, anthonyfhhartsville.com was in charge of arrangements.

Sue Neal Spears

Sue Neal Spears, age 89, of Hartsville, passed away Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Bob Taylor & Ethel Mai Gregory; husband, Edward Spears; two brothers, Raymond & Roy Gregory.

Survivors are: daughter, Kay (Sammy) Dixon of Hartsville; granddaughter, Erin Dixon (Matthew) Jeffers of Hendersonville; great-grandchild, Emery Kaylyn Jeffers; brother, John Lewis Gregory of Hendersonville.

Funeral services were held in the chapel of Anthony Funeral Home on Wednesday, Jan. 4, officiated by Eld. Kevin Harrison.

Pallbearers were: Bob Gregory, Matthew Jeffers, Roy Gregory, Rick Hoffman, Rex Oldham and Sammy Dixon.

Interment was in Dixon Springs Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Haley’s Hearts and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Anthony Funeral Home, Inc., 337 McMurry Blvd., Hartsville, anthonyfhhartsville.com, was in charge of arrangements.

James Thomas Bush

James Thomas Bush, age 60, of Hartsville, passed away Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin.

He was born in Elizabethtown, KY, the son of the late William T. and Louise Bush.

Survivors are: wife, Cathy Scruggs Bush of Hartsville; two daughters, Angela (Steven) Crook of Hartsville, Cathy (Warren) Osborne of Kodiak, AK; three grandchildren, Stevie Crook, Liam & Xenia Osborne; step-mother, Norma Bush; three half-brothers, Steve Hutchinson of Georgia, Michael Bush of Portland and Gary (Kim) Bush of Nashville.

Mr. Bush was cremated and a private service will be held at a later date.

Sumner County Funeral and Cremation Services was honored to have been in charge of this service.

Charles Alan Bergdorff

Charles Alan Bergdorff, age 25, of Hartsville, passed away Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016.

He was preceded in death by: stepfather, Bobby Duane Taylor.

Survivors are: mother, Theresa Taylor (James) Creasy of Hartsville; father, Robert (Heather) Bergdorff of Lafayette; grandmother, Detra Owens of Gamaliel, KY; four brothers, Robby Bergdorff of Lafayette, Logan Taylor of Hartsville, Harley Bergdorff of Lafayette, Christian Bergdorff of Lafayette; sister, Victoria Bergdorff of Lafayette.

Funeral services were held in the chapel of Anthony Funeral Home on Wednesday, Jan. 4, officiated by Bro. Ron Embry.

Interment was in Hartsville Memorial Gardens.

Anthony Funeral Home, Inc., 337 McMurry Blvd., P.O. Box 29, Hartsville,  anthonyfhhartsville.com, was in charge of arrangements.

Birdie Sara Waller

Birdie Sara Waller, age 88, of Hartsville, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 at the Hartsville Convalescent Center.

She was preceded in death by: husband of 64 years, Frank Waller; three sisters, Dorothy Spivey, Ada Martin & Mary Alice Oldham; four brothers, Thomas, James, German & Willie Edward Haliburton.

Survivors are: son, Ronnie (Brenda) Waller of Lafayette; four daughters, Frankie (John) Popken of Glasgow, KY, Linda (Wayne) Gregory of Hartsville, Doris (Rob Sr.) Rickman of Gallatin, Vicki Throneberry of Murfreesboro; 10 grandchildren, Angela (Mark) Lewis, Abby Stanley, Wendy (Wayne) Chaffin, Lorrie (Nick) Hunter, Rob Rickman Jr., Bess (Matt) Hubbard, Jim (Brett) Throneberry Jr., Frank (Maribeth) Throneberry, Victoria (Tyler) Barnes and Buford Throneberry II; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held in the chapel of Anthony Funeral Home on Sunday, Jan. 1, officiated by Eld. Jackie Kemp.

Honorary pallbearers were: Jimmy Spivey & other nephews, Pastor & Deacons of Knob Springs Missionary Baptist Church.

Active pallbearers were: Rob Rickman Sr., Jim Throneberry Jr., Frank Throneberry, Buford Throneberry II, Rob Rickman Jr., Wayne Gregory, Stetson Holder & John Popken.

Interment was in Hartsville Memorial Gardens.

Memorial donations may be made to Knob Springs Missionary Baptist Church.

Anthony Funeral Home, Inc., 337 McMurry Blvd., Hartsville, anthonyfhhartsville.com, was in charge of arrangements.

Elmer “Chug” Storey

Elmer “Chug” Storey, age 80, of Hartsville, passed away Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 at Trousdale Medical Center.

He was preceded in death by: mother, Maggie Belle Storey; wife, Inez Storey; brother, Paul Storey; sister, Thelma Scruggs.

Survivors are: three sons, Ricky (Joyce) Storey of Hartsville, Barney Storey of Bethpage, Nathan (Kayne) Storey of Bethpage; five grandchildren, Jennifer Smith, Adam, Kreig, Natalie and Nick Storey; five great-grandchildren, Austin Hunter, Logan Swaffer, Addyson, Brylin and Bryly Storey.

Funeral services were held in the chapel of Anthony Funeral Home on Monday, Jan. 2, officiated by Bro. Jerry Watson.

Pallbearers were: Kreig, Adam & Nick Storey, Austin Hunter, Larry Warner and Jimmy Scruggs.

Interment was in Green Grove Cemetery.

Anthony Funeral Home, Inc., 337 McMurry Blvd. Hartsville, anthonyfhhartsville.com was in charge of arrangements.

Patricia Murphy Brisby

Patricia Murphy Brisby, age 83, of Hartsville,  passed away Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016 at her home.

She was preceded in death by: husband, Donald R. Brisby.

Survivors are: son, Pastor Jon W. (Kim) Brisby of Eugene, OR; daughter, Mary Evelyn Anderson of Hartsville; two grandchildren; sister, Jane (Daniel) Campbell of Ringgold, GA.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 27,  at the Hartsville Memorial Gardens, officiated by Pastor Jon Brisby.

Anthony Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements, www.anthonyfhhartsville.com.

Donald Russell Brisby

Donald Russell Brisby, age 88, of Hartsville, passed away Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016 at his home.

Survivors are: son, Pastor Jon W. (Kim) Brisby of Eugene, OR; daughter, Mary Evelyn Anderson of Hartsville; two grandchildren; two brothers, Herbert Brisby of Franklin, Kent Brisby of Franklin; sister, Carol Billingsley of Nashville.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at the Hartsville Memorial Gardens, officiated by Pastor Jon Brisby.

Anthony Funeral Home, Inc., was in charge of arrangements, anthonyfhhartsville.com.

Alma Katherine Beasley Parker

Alma Katherine Beasley Parker, age 78, of Hartsville, passed away Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016 at Alive Hospice in Nashville.

Mrs. Parker was born May 10, 1938 in Lebanon. She was a graduate of Smith County High School and attended Peabody College.

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Mrs. Parker was a charter member of the Caney Fork Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of the Smith County Historical Society. She was a dedicated arts patron and supporter as well as a gracious hostess for numerous arts events at her home. She was the longest-serving member in the history of the Tennessee Arts Commission, having been appointed and reappointed by three governors, and she served on the Executive Committee and as Chairman of the Commission.

Lovingly known as “KK,” Mrs. Parker was a beloved member of her community and participated in many school, community and civic activities. She was instrumental in the creation of Trey Park, a local park and playground created in memory of her son, Trey. More importantly, she was an elegant lady who generously shared her love and gifts with her family and friends. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hartsville for over 55 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis Cass Beasley, Sr. and Margaret Elizabeth Wilson Beasley; her son, Etherage Johnson Parker, III (Trey) and daughter-in-law, Pamela Duncan Parker; and her sister, Mary Elizabeth Beasley Enoch.

Survivors are: her husband of 57 years, Etherage Johnson Parker, Jr.; daughter, Elizabeth “Sissie” Anne Parker (Mark) Harper; two brothers, Lewis Cass (Carol) Beasley, Jr., and Thomas Wilson (Wendy) Beasley; four grandchildren, Katherine Davis Harper, Mark Dalton Harper, Jr., Etherage Johnson (Marta) Parker IV, and Mary Katherine Parker (Justin) Draper, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

A service of celebration was held on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the First Baptist Church in Hartsville, with Bro. Darryl Turner officiating.

Pallbearers were Katherine Davis Harper, Mark Dalton Harper, Jr., Etherage Johnson Parker, IV, Mary Katherine Parker Draper, Paul Wesley Enoch, Jr., Thomas Norris Enoch, Lewis Cass Beasley III, John Etherage Beasley and Matthew Lewis Beasley.

The burial service was at Hartsville Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Etherage Johnson Parker, III Foundation, P.O. Box 149, Hartsville, TN 37074.

Samuel Barnabas Collins Jr.

Samuel Barnabas Collins Jr., age 61, of Hartsville, passed away Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016 at Trousdale Medical Center.

Barney was born in Fort Belvoir, Va., on March 31, 1955 to Leathie Ethel Satterfield Collins and Samuel Barnabas Collins Sr., who preceded him in death.

Survivors are: sister, Rannye (Jerry) Robertson of Hartsville; niece, Janna (Corey) Kirby; two nephews, Larren (Heather) Walrond, Darren (Kristin) Walrond; great-nieces and nephews, Kaydence, Wyatt, Elyssa, Abbie and Weston Walrond and Valerie and Vanessa Kirby.

Barney was a gentle soul who loved the Lord, friends and his church family spanning 40 years with the Church of the First Born. Conversation and movies were his favorite entertainment. He had perseverance, as demonstrated when he overcame dyslexia and completed his high school education. Barney treated everyone equally and his longest employment, at the Middle Tennessee Mental Institute, was a testament to that, whether worker or patient.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22, at the Church of the First Born, Hartsville, officiated by Bro. Robbie Cline.

Visitation with the family will be from 1-3 p.m. Thursday at the Church of the First Born.

Susie Cutrell

Susie Cutrell, age 74, of Hartsville, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 at Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage.

She was preceded in death by: husband, Robert Cutrell; son, Charles Cherry.

Survivors are: three daughters, Peggy (David) Stacey of Hartsville, Shirley Johnson of Hartsville, Mary Wiley of Lafayette; five grandchildren; brother, Claude (Lillian) Presley of Hartsville; five sisters, Izette Morgan of Hartsville, Inez (Frank) Sircy of Gallatin, Peggy (Mike) Johnson of Hartsville, Geneva Crook of Hartsville, Jewell McCormick of Gallatin.

Funeral services will be held in the chapel of Anthony Funeral Home at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, officiated by Bro. Kenneth Swaffer.

Interment will be in the Friendship Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. until service time Saturday.

Clay Vaughan

Clay “Cornbread” Vaughan, age 50, of Hartsville, passed away Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Robert & Dorothy Vaughan; brother, Wade Vaughan.

Survivors are: wife, Sarah Vaughan of Hartsville; daughter, Shelby Vaughan of Hartsville; sister, Shannon Way of Springfield.

Funeral services were held in the chapel of Anthony Funeral Home on Monday, Dec. 12, officiated by Bro. Jimmy Crabtree.

Interment was in the Hartsville Memorial Gardens.

Memorial donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Frank Curtiss Garrett Jr.

Frank Curtiss Garrett, Jr., age 78, formerly of Hartsville, passed from this life suddenly on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, at his most recent home in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Survivors are: wife, Antonia “Toni” (Rubio) Garrett; daughter, Jennifer Anne Garrett, of Grand Rapids, MI; five grandchildren, Anfernee Garrett, Janei Chavarria, Jaylyn Chavarria, Teya Skibo, Kadynne Garrett, all of Grand Rapids, MI; numerous cousins, other relatives, friends, and acquaintances in California, Illinois, his native state of Tennessee and other areas.

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Frank Curtiss Garrett, Jr., was born on Nov. 5, 1938, and was the son of the late Buena Gammon and the late Frank Curtiss Garrett, Sr. His paternal grandparents were the late O.H. “Bud” Garrett and Mila (Gregory) Garrett of the Cato Community, Trousdale County. His maternal grandparents were the late Marshall M. Gammon and Annie (Dalton) Gammon of Hartsville.

Frank was born and raised in Hartsville, and lived as a child and young man in the house built by his grandfather Gammon on Hayes Street (still standing). He attended and was a member of Hartsville First Baptist Church. He was a model student in the public schools and well liked, was an alumnus of the old Kate Wilson Elementary School, and graduated in 1956 from Trousdale County High School.

As a young man, he evidenced an early mechanical and scientific inclination. Upon graduating from high school, he entered DeVry Technical Institute in Chicago, where he graduated with a B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering, and then graduated from Roosevelt University, Chicago, with a second B.S. degree in Computer Science.

He was employed for many years as an electronics engineer by the electronics firm Motorola, Inc. (Motorola, among many other firsts, demonstrated the first hand-held portable telephone in 1973. Earlier, in 1969, Neil Armstrong spoke the famous words “one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” from the Moon on a Motorola transceiver.) After Motorola, he was a senior manager in computer programming and an analyst for Blue Cross Blue Shield in Chicago. It is believed that Mr. Garrett was also associated for a time with U.S. Navy Intelligence.

He always maintained close connections to his home state of Tennessee, making innumerable automobile trips between Chicago and Nashville, where his mother resided for most of the time, and to Hartsville to visit his aunt Novella Gammon Roddy and family and other relatives.

After retirement from Blue Cross Blue Shield, he and his family moved to Costa Mesa, Calif., in 1990.

He had a very animated personality, told interesting stories, and had an infectious smile and laugh. He was devoted to his family and will be missed greatly by his family and by all who knew him.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Anthony Funeral Home, officiated by Bro. Darryl Turner.

Visitation will be Sunday, Dec. 11, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Interment will be at Friendship Cemetery, Hartsville.