Garrison, Jr., Arthur Lyle Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and uncle, Arthur Lyle Garrison, Jr. passed away peacefully on June 9, 2014 at age 88 in Medical City in Dallas, Texas. Born in Cambridge, Illinois on September 21, 1925, Art was the youngest of 9 children born to Arthur L. and Anna Munson Garrison. Art was the last surviving member of his close-knit family. After graduating from Cambridge High in 1943, Art served in the US Air Force during World War II. Upon his release from service, he returned to Illinois working several jobs, playing bass fiddle in a local band, becoming skilled in billiards/pool, and obtaining his civilian airplane pilot's license. After marrying Roberta Lee Craig in 1950, they moved to Dallas, Texas where Art spent many years working as credit manager (typing 90 wpm) for Shaw Equipment Co. and later running his own sand & gravel hauling service in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Through his outgoing nature, kindness and compassion, he made many life-long friends during his employment and participation with the local chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society (formerly SPEBSQSA). Art and Roberta had one son Art, III, and eventually divorced in 1975. Art enjoyed playing golf, low stakes poker, watching football and basketball on television, attending high school football games (he had been a quarterback for a 6-man football team for Cambridge High), and hearing/telling clean jokes. For about 60 years, his favorite activity was singing harmony (bass and baritone) in barbershop quartets (including the well-known Playbills) and with SPEBSQSA choruses in the Dallas area (especially the Big D Chorus). Art is survived by his devoted second wife Jo Ann Welch Reed (married 37+ years), her 4 children (Debbie Bellew (Clif), Jeff Reed (Ankica), Becky Reed, and Patricia Hogan), her 10 grandchildren (6 boys & 4 girls), and her 11 great grandchildren. Art is also survived by his son Art (Sharon), 8 grandchildren (5 girls & 3 boys), and 8 & 2/3 great grandchildren, plus numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Saturday, June 14 from 2:00 pm -3:00 pm at 10701 East Lake Highlands Blvd. in Dallas, Texas.
Published in Dallas Morning News on June 13, 2014