B. G. Garrison
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B. G. Garrison passed away peacefully in his beloved home on the hill in Madison, MS, on January 3, 2013. He leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Peggy Jean Harris Garrison; sons, Glen (Karen) Garrison of Destrehan, LA, Don (Felicia) Garrison of Ridgeland, MS;
daughter, Kathy (Russ) Scott of Memphis, TN; grandchildren, Keri (Ellis) Chatham, Lacy (Durden) Sharpe, Nick Garrison, Phillip Garrison, Lauren Garrison, Will Scott, Lily Scott; great grandchildren, Phillip Sharpe, Grace Sharpe, Karlee Chatham; sisters, Geraldine Garner and Barbara Nell Garrison of Ripley, MS, and Anne Roberts of New Albany, MS. He was preceded in death by his parents Oscar and Odell Garrison; brothers, Lewis, Dennis, and Billy Mack Garrison; and sister, Oretha Thurmond.
He was born in Tippah County, MS, in the Buena Vista Community outside Ripley. He graduated from Delta State University and received a Masters Degree from the University of Michigan in Public Health Education. Mr. Garrison worked for the Mississippi Lung (Tuberculosis) Association for many years where he devoted his life to educating children in the state of Mississippi regarding the hazards of smoking. He retired from the MS State Board of Health in 1987. He enlisted in the United States Navy during WWII and served as a medical corpsman with the 5th Marine Division and was decorated for bravery with the Silver Star at the Battle of Iwo Jima. "By his fearless initiative and cool courage, he contributed to the saving of many lives and his unselfish devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service." quote from the Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D.C., for the President of the United States.
He lived his 90 years in the service of others. There will never be another man like B. G. Garrison. His memory will forever go on in the multitude of stories told by the people that loved him. B. G.'s faith, family, and friends were his life. He was a life long gardener, sportsman, and coach. He loved the outdoors and raising dogs, birds, bees, and livestock.
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Visitation will be Friday, January, 4, 2013, from 5 to 7 PM at Breeland Funeral Home in Canton and again Saturday at 9:30 AM until the 11:00 AM chapel service. Another visitation will be Monday, January 7, 2013, at Ripley Funeral Home in Ripley, MS, beginning at 11:00 AM until the 1 PM chapel service. Burial will follow in the Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery.
Online guestbook is available at www.breelandfuneralhome.com.
Published in Clarion Ledger on Jan. 4, 2013
Breeland Funeral Home
3304 South Liberty Street Canton, MS 39046