James "Jim" Roger Garrison|
July 17, 1952-Jan. 3, 2013
James "Jim" Roger Garrison, 60, of Farwell, formerly of Howell, MI, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 3, 2013 surrounded by family and friends after a brief illness.
Jim was born on July 17, 1952 in Howell, MI to Charles Roger and Mary Katherine (Miller) Garrison. He attended Howell High School. He served in the United States Army where he received a Purple Heart for wounds sustained during his tour in Vietnam. Jim was committed to helping veterans all of his life.
He retired from the State of Michigan where he spent 32 years spearheading several programs aimed at helping under-represented groups, something he was very passionate about. During this time he was one of 4 authors of the Michigan Veterans' Bill of Rights. Jim was a natural born helper, and his work was an extension of this.
He spent much of his free time pursuing his interests of computer programming, web design, developing small businesses and fishing. He also loved watching movies. He made friends wherever he went with his magnetic personality and uncanny sense of humor.
Jim is survived by his son Brad (Jessica) Garrison of Grand Blanc; son Adam (Heather) Garrison of Wayland; six grandchildren: Alex, Angel, Leo, Dre, Jack and Bowen; sister Julie Garrison of Inglis, Florida; sister Susan (Alan) McMaster of Maumee, Ohio; brother Daniel Garrison of Pasadena, California; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Garrison; and niece, Goldie Garrison.
Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at Borek-Jennings Funeral Home, Lamb Chapel in Howell. Friends may gather at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Please leave a message of comfort to the Garrison family by calling 1.877.231.7900 or sign the guestbook at
Published in The Morning Sun on Jan. 6, 2013