VERNON G. GARRETT, JR., 84, born to Vernon G. Garrett Sr. and Lucile Baldwin in Waco, TX in 1925, died peacefully on October 30, 2009. It was once stated that Vernon was always a voice of reason in the midst of crisis. He always carried his morals and strong beliefs throughout the many accomplishments in his life. He served as officer and pilot in the Navy Air Corps during World War II, graduated from Baylor University in 1947, and served as interim CEO and Vice Chairman of the Board of the Memorial-Hermann Healthcare System. He retired as an Audit Partner and Recruiting Manager for Arthur Andersen & Co.Vernon also had numerous civic and professional affiliations: he served as Deacon and past Chairman at South Main Baptist Church, member and past treasurer for the Downtown Optimist Club, member and past President of the Baylor Alumni Association, director and past President of the Texas Association of Hospital Governing Boards and member of the Petroleum Club of Houston and Braeburn Country Club.He is preceded in death by his son, Jon V. Garrett. He is survived by: his loving wife of 63 years, Yvonne Cates Garrett; two sons, Douglas Garrett and Richard Garrett and wife Catherine; two daughters, Beth McCarty and husband Barry, and Dana Werner and husband Dennis; nine grandchildren, Michael McCarty and wife Heather, Russell McCarty, Rachel McCarty, Amanda Garrett, Melinda Garrett, Amelia Garrett, Daniel Werner, Sam Werner, Anna Garrett-Douillet; brother Bob Garrett and family of Lufkin and sister Virginia Neely and family of Creedmoor, N.C., and former daughter-in-law, Kathy Gibson and husband Barton.Vernon had a great sense of humor, loved sunsets, and was a true "numbers" man who loved playing bridge and cribbage and supporting Baylor and Houston sports teams. Vernon has touched the lives of so many and will be greatly missed.Visitation will be Monday, November 2, 2009 from 4pm to 7pm at Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home, 6900 Lawndale, Houston, TX 77023. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, November 3, at 1pm at South Main Baptist Church, 4100 S. Main St., Houston, TX 77002.

Published in Houston Chronicle from Nov. 1 to Nov. 2, 2009