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.
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.