TUSCALOOSA Howard Haston Garrison, age 66, of Tuscaloosa, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013. The family celebrates his ascension to join his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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He resided at Commons North Loop in Tuscaloosa. He will be remembered by many as a civic and charitable leader in Tuscaloosa and the state of Alabama.
Howard was preceded in death by his father, Aubrey Marvin Garrison Jr. in 2000, and his mother, Marion Bumgardner Garrison in 2001. He was a member of Church of The Highlands in Tuscaloosa.
He is survived by his wife, Ashley Garrison of Tuscaloosa; brother, Aubrey Garrison III (Jeanne) of Birmingham; aunts, Kathryn Cheek of Nashville, Tenn. and Mary Alice Smith (Jim Bruce) of Birmingham; sons, Haston Garrison (Jennifer) of Birmingham and Lee Garrison (Misty) of Tuscaloosa; and grandson, Michael Garrison of Tuscaloosa.
Howard was born in Birmingham on February 26, 1947. He attended Shades Valley High School and received his B.S. in Business and Commerce from The University of Alabama.
He had a giving nature and dearly loved his family and friends. He particularly loved his grandson Michael, who was the light of his life.
His servant heart led him to a calling in public service. His numerous leadership roles included President of the Alabama Association of Realtors, Chairman of United Way, Chairman of West Alabama Chamber of Commerce, and President of Rotary Club, among many others. He achieved numerous accolades in the real estate profession over a 40-year career. Howard served his state in the Alabama Air National Guard, and his country in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Howard always saw humor in every situation and brought happiness and joy to all those around him. That joy will always remain in the hearts of all of those he touched.
The family will celebrate Howard's life and share his memories at a service on Monday, March 18, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at The Tuscaloosa River Market at Manderson Landing alongside the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk. Visitation will follow the service.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations honoring Howard be made to The Church of The Highlands, for the Tuscaloosa Campus construction, 1081 Fairfax Park, Tuscaloosa, AL 35406.
Published in Tuscaloosa News on Mar. 16, 2013