On Tuesday, September 28th, 2021, Howard P. Garrett, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away at age 72.
Howard was born on August 2, 1949, in Rains County, TX to David and Mildred (McMillan) Garrett. He attended elementary at Sand Flat School, and attended high school briefly at Carver High in Greenville before transferring to Rains High where he excelled as an athlete in football and basketball. From his first day of elementary school all the way to the day he graduated as a senior, Howard never missed a single day.
He married his high school sweetheart, Glenda Fay Givens, on July 12, 1968, in Fort Worth, Texas. Howard was the head deacon of Prairie Grove Baptist Church and a member of the Emory City Council. He retired from Jack Cooper Transport in 2011 after 35 years as a car hauler.
Howard had a passion for music and played drums in a band when he was young. He loved listening to gospel, classic r&b, and classic rock and was known to “cut a rug” if the right song was played. He adored his family and looked forward to attending family reunions every year. He was a very friendly, loving person who had a great sense of humor. Howard never met a stranger. Almost everywhere he went, he managed to strike up a conversation with folks.
Howard is survived by his wife Glenda Fay: daughters, Pam Ruiz and husband Michael, Savina Settle and husband Egon, Tulea Wynn and husband Chauncey; siblings, James H. Bates and wife Marsha, David Garrett and wife Clemmie, Delenis Garrett and wife Nikita, Thomas Garrett and wife Dendra; double first cousins, Marcus Garrett and wife Doris, J.W. Garrett and wife Laverne, Fannie Brown and husband Ron; grandchildren, Liana, Tiana, Preston, AmonTah, Devin, Natisse, and Hendrix; 8 great grandchildren; and numerous others who loved him.
Howard was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Ernestine.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, October 9, 2021, at Believers Baptist Church in Emory. Interment will follow at Hopewell Cemetery in Emory. Visitation will be held one hour prior. Pallbearers are Preston Smith, AmonTah Settle, Egon Settle, Chaucey Wynn, Shawn Wynn, and Nicholas Garrett. Honorary Pallbearers are Robert Johnson, Tommy Miles, Fred Hunter, Walter Taylor, David Howard, Ernie Burdett, and Joe Mack Porter.