Billy Ray Garrett
Hokes Bluff - Mr. Billy Ray Garrett passed away quietly at his residence in Hokes Bluff on October 18, 2012.

Mr. Garrett’s home going celebration was held at the Glencoe-Hokes Bluff Funeral Home on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 2 p.m. with visitation at 1 p.m. Burial followed at Jacksonville City Cemetery. The Rev. Bob Payne officiated.

Mr. Garrett was a member of the Forrest Avenue Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He began going there as a small child with his mother.

Mr. Garrett was preceded in death by son, William Ray Garrett; parents, Robert and Minnie Garrett; brother and sister-in-law, Robert Jr. and Betty Garrett.

Left to cherish his memory is his devoted and loving wife of 53 years, Jane Ashmore Garrett; Rebecca Hilleke, lifelong friend; Shannon and Tonya Rochester, and Kyle Rochester, dear close friends.

Mr. Garrett graduated from Emma Sansom High School and was a member of the Emma Sansom High School Marching Band. He attended the University of Alabama and was a member of the Alabama Million Dollar Marching Band. Mr. Garrett joined the United States Army and was a member of the U.S. Army Marching Band, Army Brass Chorus and Dance Band. Bill was a member of the 60th Army Band located in Panama and was the last soldier mustered out. Bill was the choir director for the army church choir in Panama. He also served as choir director for several churches in this area. He left active duty for reserve service and was honorably discharged in 1962.

Mr. Garrett received his master’s degree and was pursuing his masters from the University of Alabama where he was a member of Kappa Delta Pi Fraternity. He spent 30 years teaching high school band in Georgia and Alabama. He not only taught music but taught his kids that everything they did mattered in life, especially good values and high morals.

We are blessed by the continuing loving care of devoted longtime friends, Rebecca Hilleke, Shannon and Tonya Rochester and Kyle Rochester. Also, family is greatly appreciative of the exemplary care given to Mr. Garrett by Krystle Freeman, the nurses of SICU at Gadsden Regional Medical Center, Kayla and Teresa from Amedysis Hospice who helped us so much at the very end and Paula Driskell who helped us immensely during Mr. Garrett’s illness.

We continue to be blessed by the constant and loving care of our devoted friends, Rebecca Hilleke, Shannon and Tonya Rochester and Kyle Rochester who have become family to us.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Forrest Avenue Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
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