John "Johnny" Hodges Garrett

Born: Mon., Apr. 24, 1922
Died: Mon., Aug. 19, 2013


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Aug. 21, 2013
Location: Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Aug. 22, 2013
Location: Swainsboro First United Methodist Church


Location: Forest Lawn Cemetery

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Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of Mr. John H. “Johnny” Garrett, age 91, of Swainsboro, GA on Monday, August 19, 2013 at Uni-Health Post Acute Care.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 11:00 AM, at the First Methodist Church in Swainsboro with Rev. Ray Jenkins officiating assisted by Rev. Fred Dunn.

Mr. Garrett will be in state at the church one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Dellwood, GA with Rev. Larry Compton officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 from 5:00 till 8:00 PM.

Pallbearers are Johnny Price, Joey Hood, Marc Curry, Donnie Garrett, Jim Curry, Bill Price, Greg Bowen and Scotty Nasworthy.

Honorary Pallbearers are Theron Moore, Billy Walden, Elliott Barwick, Kerney Lamb, Gerald Hooks, Robert King, Jerry Fagler and Charles Moxley.

Mr. Garrett was a native of Swainsboro, Emanuel County, Georgia; he was a Farmer, Rural Mail Carrier and Bus Driver.  Mr. Garrett was a member of Oak Chapel Baptist Church where he served as Chairman of the Board of Deacons, a Sunday School Teacher and Song Leader.  Mr. Garrett served on the Board of Directors of Emanuel County Farm Bureau, he was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, a Gideon, a member of Emanuel Agri-Business Council and a Voter Registrar for Emanuel County.  In 2012, Mr. Garrett was inducted into Swainsboro High School’s first Sports Hall of Fame.  He was preceded in death by his parents, James C. and Sally Emma Wheeler Garrett; his wife, Bennie Lois Varnadore Garrett; two sisters, Ella Mae Curry and Mary Nell Mallette; two brothers, Horace Garrett and Homer Garrett.

Survivors include:

One Daughter:  Mary Lou Brooks (Billy) of Brunswick, GA

Two Sons:  Travis H. Garrett (Petite) of Swainsboro, GA and Tim Garrett (Judy) of  Swainsboro, GA.

One Sister:  Annie Lou Price of Savannah, GA

Nine Grandchildren:  Ben Garrett, Amanda Peebles, Jana Lee, Kristi Flowers, Kelli Torpy, Kathi Garrett, Whitney Johnson, Kasey Smith and Stephen Brooks.

Nine Great-Grandchildren.

Should friends desire, contributions may be made to Gideons International, P. O. Box 365, Swainsboro, GA. 30401 or Oak Chapel Baptist Church, c/o Tim Garrett, 461 Blundale Church Road, Swainsboro, GA 30401

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Debbie Smoak
   Posted Tue August 20, 2013
So sorry for yall loss!! I loved Mr Johnny! He was an awesome man!! I use to ride his school bus!! He was the best! You all are in my thoughts and prayers!!

Juanita Price Alford & Dean Alford
   Posted Tue August 20, 2013
It is sad to hear this news. A cousin I have known and have many memories since my early childhood. Living in Atlanta for 35 years now, it was always such a pleasure to run into Mr. Johnny and it always surprised me a bit that he never forgot me.

My thoughts and prayers to those who will truly miss him. He touched many lives in his lifetime and we are better for having known him.

May the memories bring you peace.

Johnny and Vicki Way
   Posted Thu August 22, 2013
Johnny and I were so sorry to hear about Mr. Johnny. He was such a good person and we know he will be greatly missed. We are praying for all of you.

Johnny and Vicki Way

Mark and Kim Judd and Family
   Posted Thu August 22, 2013
Our Deepest Sympathy on your loss. May God be with you all through this difficult time.

Patsy and Wayne Kersey
   Posted Thu August 22, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Mr. "Johnny" lived a good long life and was a good honorable man. He loved his family, his church and his community. So sorry that we could not be with you at this time but I had some surgery and was unable to see any of you. May God give you peace and comfort at this time.

Connie Patrick
   Posted Fri August 23, 2013
Billy and Mary Lou,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My sympathies and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.