SEAFORD - George Kenneth Garrison, 89, passed away peacefully on Oct. 22, 2010.
George was a Newport News native and attended Newport News High School, graduating in the class of June, 1939. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in WWII from 1941 to 1945 in both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres. In 1941, he served aboard a minesweeper, sweeping for mines off the coast of Newfoundland for the historic meeting of President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.
George was a real estate broker and custom home builder for more than 58 years. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Yorktown, where he served on the Church Building Planning committee and Men's club. He was an active member and a past treasurer of the St. Andrew's Society of Williamsburg, Va. He was past president of the Peninsula Executive Club and served on the Board of Directors of the Retail Merchants Association. He was one of the original founders and past commodore of the Warwick Yacht and Country Club, and served on the vestry of St. Paul's Church, Newport News and Board of Directors of the American Red Cross, Yorktown Chapter. He was also a member of the Virginia Peninsula Association of Realtors, and Peninsula Kiwanis Club. He also served on the York County Board of Equalization. He lived his life to the fullest, working hard at everything he did, and enjoyed the love and respect of his family and many friends. George will always be remembered as a loving and devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His sense of humor and gentle soul touched all that he met, and his memory will live forever in our hearts.
George was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 years, Margaret White Garrison.
He is survived by three daughters, Margaret Ann Bevelacqua and her husband, Jimmy of Seaford, Laurie Blanton-Coleman and her husband, Bobby of Seaford, Linda Spurling and companion, Ted Johnson of Fredericksburg, Va.; two granddaughters, Lisa Siceloff and her husband, Steve of Palm Bay, Fla., and Rebecca Grizzle and her husband, Scott of San Antonio, Texas; two grandsons, Mason Jones of Boise, Idaho, Taylor Blanton of Seaford; and three great-grandchildren, Evan, Sophia and Alex.
A very special thanks goes to all of his caregivers for their loving and tender care during his illness, Sharon Rasmussen, Elizabeth Wesley, Serenity Brown, Heidi Kraus, and Wanda, Nicole and Brenda of Visiting Angels, and Riverside Hospice.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, in Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at Grace Episcopal Church in Yorktown. Interment will be at Grace Church Cemetery. A reception will follow in the church parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Operation Smile, 6435 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, VA 23509, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, of VA, 66 Canal Center Plz #520, Alexandria, VA 22314-1576, or to the charity of your choice. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.
Published by Daily Press from Oct. 26 to Oct. 27, 2010.