Obituary: Garrett Smith

Funeral services for Garrett Smith of Athens are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 22, 2018 at Dogwood Church in Athens with Brother Dave McGee officiating. Interment will follow at Athens Cemetery in Athens.

Mr. Smith passed June 17, 2018 in Athens, Texas.

Garrett Otho Smith was born December 6, 1924 in Lampasas, Texas the son of Charlie Smith and Addie Ruth Barrett Smith. He was raised in the Methodist Children’s Home of Waco and at a very young age joined the United States Navy. He proudly served his country during World War II and the Korean War. Garrett attended the Naval Guided Missile School in Virginia; served on numerous ships including the USS Fulton, USS Sperry, Compass Island and Observation Island. He retired as a Senior Master Chief after 26 years of dedicated service. He then became the Superintendent of New Construction and Electrical with the TDCJ and worked there for over 10 years. He was an active member of the Dogwood Church of Athens and a member of the Masonic Lodge of Athens. He grew up a boy scout, an eagle scout and the later in life he became the camp director of the Clements BSA Camp and an Executive with the Boy Scouts of America. He was avid golfer, loved life and will be missed by all that knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers and sisters; a son-in-law Lynn Ray Shelton and one grandson Jacob Henry.

Sammy is survived by his wife Barbara Smith of Athens; three children, Wanda Lee Shelton of Gatesville, Tx, Garrett Smith Jr and wife Suellen Syler of Athens, John Barret Smith of Athens; three grandchildren, Aubrey Leann Hasse, Alexanda Arico, Benjamin Garrett Smith; and four great grandchildren Cross Hasse, Caleb Hasse, Cobey Hasse, Anastasia Hasse.

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home from 6-8:00 p.m.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home family.

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