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

Published by Daily Press from Oct. 26 to Oct. 27, 2010.
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Laurie, Maggie, and Linda,
I'm so sorry to hear about Mr. Garrison, I'm so sorry for your loss. I found out today when I ran into Linda at the Pizza Hut in Yorktown. I've only been Mr. Garrison's caregiver for 2 months but it was the best 2 months with him. He was a very kind and sweet man. I will never forget those winks he would give me as he would watch t.v. or those words "what are you doing to me woman" as I would get him ready for bed, he always had a way of making me laugh and putting a smile on my face and for that he will always be remembered. It's been almost a month since he's passed but I know he's in a better place. God Bless you and your family always. R.I.P. Mr. &Mrs. Garrison
November 19, 2010
Laurie, Linda, & Maggie,
Sorry for your lost. Your dad was a wonderful man who inspired many. Our prayers are with you and the rest of the family.
Steve, Sara, and Julie Strunk
Stephen Strunk
November 8, 2010
To my mother, aunts and extended family, It was great that he was a part of our lives for so long and we will not forget his love and kindness that he shared. Scott, the kids and I miss "Big GG" lots. Love, Beckie
Rebecca Grizzle
November 1, 2010
Laurie and Family,
As I wrote you when you lost your mom, I worked for your father and Maggie back in the mid 1970s. He always was a perfect gentleman with a generosity of spirit. Know that he left this world a better place and that he has now found his peace beside your lovely mother. I miss seeing them both at Grace Church and will always remember them both fondly. With Deepest Sympathy, Vivian Yerby
October 29, 2010
Dear Maggie: I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time. - Lynn
Lynn Jenkins
October 28, 2010
October 28, 2010
We are sorry to hear of your loss. Sending our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies.
Doug & Pat Smith
October 28, 2010
Maggie and family-
We at Dr. Hecker & Associates are so very sorry to hear about your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family through this difficult time. I know that God will calm your heart and give you strength and comfort. Take care and let us know if we can help in anyway.

Rhonda Ross
Dr. Hecker & Associates
Rhonda Ross
October 27, 2010
We are very sorry to hear of the loss of your father.Our hearts and thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow. Your dad was a good neighbor, a good person and an asset to our country and to York County. He will be missed by many.Earl and Esta
Earl Blanton
October 27, 2010
I'm so sorry to read of your father's death. I pray that you will be comforted by the wonderful memories you have of him and your mom. One of these days we need to get the old gang together and spend some time catching up.

Wayne Hunley
Wayne Hunley
October 27, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Clarence & Carol Westcott
October 26, 2010
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Mark Friedman
October 26, 2010
Wow, what an amazing life! And many thanks to him for his service to our country. My deepest sympathies to all of Mr. Garrison's family members and friends. I'm sure he was well loved and loved well in return.
Gail Whittaker
October 26, 2010
Laurie and family -
We share in your grief. Ken was a part of my life early on, and his kindness was never forgotten. Please relay to your siblings our family's deepest sympathies...
Patti (& Gary) Alderman
Sheila Campbell (Ramsay)
Patti Alderman
October 26, 2010
Laurie, Maggie & Linda,
Sorry for your loss. Even though we all knew this time would come, its still very hard to deal with. I know as time goes by, each of you will remember your dad in your own personal way. We should be thinking that he is with this beloved wife now and forever.
October 26, 2010
I was so sad to hear about your dad. Sincere sympathy and prayers to you and your family.
Connie Snapp
October 26, 2010
I'm so sorry to hear of your Father's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you go through this difficult time.
Wendy Kurnas
October 26, 2010
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