Elbert B. Garrison, 86, was born March 25, 1925, and passed away March 9, 2012, after a long illness.
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He was a man of many talents and varied interests. He retired from Reynolds Metals Co. after 37 years, but during his lifetime he was a talented carpenter, electrician and farmer. He built all three of the homes that he and wife, Agnes, lived in and designed and built one of the first modern split-level houses in the Tri-Cities area. Of all his occupations, he loved farming best and was known for the Bermuda hay that he baled on his farm in Phil Campbell and for his beef cattle.
He was a reserve deputy for the Franklin County Sheriff's Department and a volunteer for the Mountaintop Watch Patrol. He served as a deputy registrar for Franklin County and loved working in political campaigns.
He had many hobbies including woodworking, spelunking, genealogy and reading. His daughter, Dottie, treasures a butcher-block table made from the remnants of a barn from the family farm. As a spelunker, he explored many caves in north Alabama. As a student of genealogy, he was proud to be a direct descendent of Stephen Garrison, his fourth great-grandfather, who was a Revolutionary War soldier and one of the first settlers in north Alabama. He was an avid reader and collected books of all kinds, but loved science and westerns, and as a veteran of World War II, had an extensive collection of books on the topic.
He was a member of Blue Springs Freewill Baptist Church and served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher for many years.
He was preceded in death by his father, the Rev. Stonewall J. Garrison; mother, Nancy Ann Kennedy Garrison; brothers, J.C., Ralph and Billy Ray Garrison; sisters, Ethel Tidwell, Ruby Taylor, LaRue and Florene Garrison; and many special nieces and nephews.
Survivors include his loving wife of 69 years, Agnes; daughter and son-in-law, Dottie and J.J. Donahue, of Athens, Ala.; son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Freida Garrison of Florence; granddaughter, Amy Garrison; sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Don Hatcher, of Montevallo, Ala.; sisters-in-law, Nell Garrison, of Cleveland, Tenn., Jearldeen Rae, of Somerville, Ala., and Verna Stegall, of Russellville, Ala.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. today at Pinkard Funeral Home, Russellville, Ala. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 12, in Pinkard Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. John McCullar officiating. Burial will be at Blue Springs Freewill Baptist Church in Phil Campbell, Ala.
Pallbearers will be nephews, David and Frankie Tidwell, and great-nephews, Bradley and Robbie Tidwell, Vern Lee and William Hyde.
The family would like to send a special thank you to the Burns Nursing Home nurses and staff for their tender care during the last few months.
Memorials can be made to the Blue Springs Freewill Baptist Church Building Fund, Phil Campbell, Ala.
Pinkard Funeral Home, Russellville, is directing.
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27305 Highway 24E Russellville, AL 35653
Published in Florence Times Daily on Mar. 11, 2012