William Bernard (Bill) Garrett, 86, of Daleville, died Thursday, June 27, 2013, at his home. Bernard Garrett grew up on his parent's tobacco farm near Farmville. His parents were Willie Bernard Garrett and Lucy Francis Fulcher Garrett. Bernard was an only child. He joined the Navy near the end of World War II December 21, 1944. His wartime bride was Edna Virginia Adams. They were wed March 6, 1945. They were married until her death April 2, 1968. During the time they were married, Bernard joined the Soil Conservation service, a career which he enjoyed for the rest of his working life. Bernard and Edna resided in Nottoway County. The couple had a daughter, Elayne Garrett, who currently resides in Botetourt County with her husband, Morris Gill, also of Botetourt.
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On December 27, 1968, Bernard married Betty Fain, who was a home economics extension agent in Nottoway County. After the couple was settled in Botetourt County, Betty became a much beloved teacher at Craig County High school for many years. The couple had a son, William Bradley Garrett, who resides in Texas.
Bernard, Bill to many of his Botetourt friends, was always active in the Methodist church, a Sunday school teacher with a passion for innovative teaching. As an extension agent, he frequently gave presentations at the public schools and delighted in interactions with youth. He had many friends and his "poker nights" were well known about town. Many of you may remember him in his retirement job at Winn Dixie and then at Kroger in Daleville. He loved speaking with people, and with his great sense of humor would bring smiles to their days.
Bill delighted in the fact that both of his children are doctors, Elayne in education and Brad in medicine. One could not be around him for long without hearing him speak of his children with pride. Bernard also leaves behind a granddaughter, Sarah Rebeccah Hott, of Winchester; and two great-grandchildren, Zoe Layne Hott, 3, and Isley Grace Hott, 1. Bernard's favorite poem was "The Road not Taken" by Robert Frost and these words do certainly apply to his life:
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference"
A celebration of Bill's life will be 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 19 Cedar Ridge Drive, Daleville, with Pastor Rob Lough officiating. Burial will be at Daleville Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Rader Funeral Home, 630 Roanoke Road, Daleville.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.rader-funeralhome.com. Arrangements by Rader Funeral Home, 540-992-1212.
Published in Roanoke Times on June 29, 2013