Funeral services for Infant Brody Trace Gartman, 5 months, of Attalla, will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Crestwood Chapel. The Rev. Chuck Conley will officiate. Burial will be at Forrest Cemetery.
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Note from Mom: Brody has touched so many lives; he was a miracle, a joy my everything. He made all of our hearts skip beats when he was around. He even touched people he didn't know. I am so glad I got to be a part of his life; it was the best 5 months of my life. You could not have a bad day when he was around. He would always cheer you up. He was so strong, such a fighter and my hero. He taught me a lot about life and how to be a different person. "I love you Brody and always will."
Note from Dad: I want him to know how much he changed my life, made me want to be a better person. Made me more of a man and father than I ever thought was possible. Opened my eyes to the way the world is and not how it should be. I love him more than I could ever express. "We Love you Brody".
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Mark Farrier.
He is survived by his parents, Chase and Christine Gartman; sisters, Elise and Santanah; brothers, Trenton and Steven; grandparents, David and Pat Gartman and Jeanne Farrier; great-granddad, Alton Sonstegard; aunts and uncles, Tancie (Kevin) West, Tiphanie (Mark) Chitwood, Gage Smith and Jamie (Aaron) Sims; cousins, Zac and Alex West, Maci, Maddi and Marli Chitwood; great-uncles and aunts, Joyce, Brenda (Richard), Shirley, Linda (Jimmy), Jeri, David (Tammy), Mary (Dale), Aunt Anne, Kim and Roxanne; tons of great-cousins; chosen family, Kristie and Frankie Mabe, Heather and Kacie Mabe, Rachel and Ricky Watson, Bob and Shelia Gossett, Rhonda and Keith Underwood and Baleigh and Sydney Lumpkin.
Pallbearers will be Trenton Gartman, Steven Watson and Frankie Mabe.
Honorary pallbearers are all Parents Advocates for Down Syndrome, Ashlea, Sue, Jana and Milesha.
Special thanks to seventh-floor PICU staff at Children's Hospital and everyone who said a prayer for our little angel.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the hour of service on Friday.
Published in The Gadsden Times on Oct. 4, 2012