James Richard (Dick) Garrettof the Town of Stanley entered into rest, November 15, 2013 at Brian Rehabilitation Center. He was 92.
Son of the late Ruth Lackey Garrett and Roy Garrett, he was born on August 27, 1921 and resided in Lawrenceville, Illinois for most of his childhood. After graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana he joined the United States Army and served in the Army Corp of Engineers as a 1st Lieutenant in Luzon Bay, Philippines during World War II. There he met his future wife, Virginia Wild of Darien, New York who was an Army nurse in the Philippines. They returned to the States and married on November 2, 1946, recently celebrating their 67th wedding anniversary. Mrs. Garrett survives at Carillon Assisted Living in Lincolnton.
Mr. Garrett worked for RCA, Bethlehem Steel and AMAX Specialty Metals for over 35 years until his retirement. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Attica, NY; Wheatridge, CO and Denver, NC. In his younger years he enjoyed running hurdles, bowling, golf, wordworking and playing baseball. He volunteered tirelessly at the Darien United Methodist Church and he loved to fish.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. In addition to his beloved wife, Virginia, he is survived by his son, Kenneth Garrett (Patricia) and James Garrett (Lynn) of Stanley, NC; daughter, Carol Mulqueen (Thomas) of Hyde Park; grandchildren, Shannon Mulqueen, Meredith Hodges (Mark) and Douglas Mulqueen (Victoria), Edward Gecewicz, Todd Gecewicz, Dara O’Toole; great-grandchildren, Addison Hodges, Connor Gecewicz, Grace Gecewicz, Matthew O’Toole and Emily O’Toole; several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Garrett was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Garrett and his sister Betty Deakins.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday November 19, 2013 at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home, Huntersville, NC. A Christian memorial service will be conducted at 7:00 pm in the funeral home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Dick’s name to Oxford Masonic Home for Children, 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565.