Garnett Franklin Felts

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Garnett Franklin Felts was born Jan. 15, 1922, in Russellville, the son of Garnett E. and Gertrude Duncan Felts. He was a descendant of the notable pioneer lines Duncan, Vide, Dunn, Carr, Williamson, and Shelton families who emigrated to Logan County in the early 1800s.

Mr. Felts was the son of the owner of Felts Hotel and Barber Shop, Garnett E. Felts. He managed the hotel for seven years after the death of his mother.

Mr. Felts graduated from Murray University in 1943 with a Bachelor's of Music degree and then received a Master's of Music degree in piano and pipe organ from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. Mr. Felts was a teacher for 37 years. He taught in Boone, N.C., Tullahoma, Tenn., Tampa, Fla., and Milton, Fla. In addition, he was on the faculty of Appalachian University, Boone, N.C. and Mars Hill Colllege in N.C. Mr. Felts also served as church organist at First Baptist Church and First Presbyterian Church in Russellville, Grace Lutheran in Boone, N.C., First Methodist in Tullahoma, Tenn., Hyde Park Presbyterian in Tampa, Fla., First Methodist Church in Milton, FL and Greek Orthodox and Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla., He retired from Myrtle Grove United Methodist Church in Pensacola, Fla.

Mr. Felts was two times married. His first wife was Alene Jones and his second wife was Ruth W. Bell, who died July 17, 1987.

Survivors include a stepson, Thomas J. Bell and his wife, Brenda and one grandson, Dr. Thomas J. Bell II.

There will be private services held at a later date.

Published in News Democrat Leader from Mar. 18 to Mar. 19, 2014
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