Thomas R. Garrett

Thomas R. Garrett

Suffolk - After a courageous battle with cancer and a stroke, Thomas "Tom" R. Garrett, 63, of Cuttysark Ln. in Suffolk, was called home to be with the Lord on February 18, 2014. Tom touched the lives of many people with his smile and kindness and maintained his trademark sense of humor all the way to the end.

A native of Portsmouth, he was the son of the late Maynard W. and Shirley J. Garrett. A member of Community Church at Western Branch, he was a retired Portsmouth School administrator and adjunct instructor at Old Dominion University. A noted local sports historian, he was the author of four books on sports in Hampton Roads area. An avid fan of Old Dominion University sports you could count on seeing him at Monarch football, basketball or other sporting events. He held membership in the Portsmouth Sports Club, Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, Society for American Baseball Research and it's Jerry Malloy Negro League Committee Leadership Team, and the Friends of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 41 yrs., Carol Duvall Garrett; a son, Andrew H. Garrett and wife Jenna; a grandson, Elisha Gideon Garrett; a brother and sister-in-law, Jan and Elinor Heermans; a niece, Kathleen Howell and husband Brian, special cousins, John H. James, Janice Maw, Frank Borum and John Borum, Rachel Chinn; and his brothers and sisters in Christ, the Darden and Legg Community Groups of Community Church at Western Branch.

A celebration of his life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, February 22, at Community Church at Western Branch. Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hope Unleashed Fund of Community Church at Western Branch, or a Christian .

Funeral Home

Sturtevant Funeral Home
5201 Portsmouth Blvd Portsmouth, VA 23701
(757) 488-8348

Published in The Virginian Pilot on Feb. 20, 2014