Sept. 29, 1936 - Sept. 27, 2019
GRAY: Paul Hope Garrison Jr., of Gray, passed away Friday, Sept. 27. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 3:00 p.m., at Hart’s Jones County Chapel. The Reverend Wayne Anthony officiated. Family greeted friends one hour prior to the service at Hart’s Jones County Chapel. Burial was at Liberty United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Paul was born in Byron to the late Paul Hope Garrison Sr. and Ida Helen Jones Garrison. He attended Lanier Senior High School for Boys, graduating June 3, 1954.
Paul earned a fouryear scholarship to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. When he came home the first summer, he met his future wife and instead enrolled at Mercer University where he pledged Alpha Tau Omega. Paul went to work in the lab at Procter and Gamble in Macon, Aug. 29, 1957. On Nov. 29, 1957, in Jackson Mississippi, he married Dorothy (Dot) Jean Whitehurst. Paul graduated from Mercer University on June 3, 1963 while paying his own way through Mercer while working the night shift for three years. He was a member of the Mercer University Alumni Association and Mercer University Athletic Foundation, where he loved cheering on the Bears. Paul was also a lifetime member of the President’s Club.
For 50 years, Paul was a member of the American Chemical Society. He retired Aug. 29, 1998 from Procter and Gamble after 41 years of employment.
He was a lifetime Georgia Master Gardener, where he served as president of the Jones County Master Gardeners and Master Gardeners of Central Georgia. For 15 years, he and his wife planted and tended the garden at Jarrell Plantation.
Paul was a member of H2U at Coliseum Hospital and Golden Opportunities at the Medical Center of Central Georgia. He enjoyed traveling with them along with the Middle Georgia Memory Makers. Mr. Garrison was a member of Liberty United Methodist Church. Mr. Garrison is predeceased by his brother, Mike Garrison.
Mr. Garrison is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dot Whitehurst Garrison; daughter, Katherine Denise Garrison; son, Douglas Kevin Garrison; grandchildren, Joseph Allen Garrison, Kaylie Ellen Garrison, Kyla Rose Garrison, Noah John Garrison, Katie Grace Garrison, and Karianna Mary Garrison; brother, James Robert (Verna) Garrison of North Augusta, South Carolina; sister, Martha (Ted) Barrett of Ellijay; sister, Patricia (Travis) Jackson of Round Oak; and many nieces and nephews. Donations may be made to Liberty United Methodist Cemetery Fund, 6511 Houston Road, Macon, GA 31216.
Please visit www.hartsmort.com to express condolences.
Hart’s Mortuary Jones County Chapel had charge of arrangements.