Mitchell W. Garrison

mitchell garrison
Mitchell W. (Mitch) Garrison, 88, of North Ridge Drive, Asheville, died Thursday, March 25, 2010, at John F. Keever Hospice Solace Center. A native of Buncombe County, Mr. Garrison was retired from the U.S. Postal Service and had served as head security chief at Brendles. He was a WWII veteran of the US Army serving in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and the European Campaign. He attended New Bridge Baptist Church and was a faithful member of the Senior Men's Sunday School Class. Mr. Garrison was preceded in death by his loving wife of 44 years, Molly (Peggy) Head Garrison; his mother, Bonetia Austin Garrison and father, Horace W. Garrison; sister, Faye Garrison Crow; brother, Wayne R. Garrison; special nephews, Roger Dale Garrison and Phillip Keith Garrison. Survivors include his daughters, Terry G. Taylor (David), Kathy G. Snowden (Jerry) and Louise Bishop (James); brother and best friend, Gerald R. Garrison; grandchildren, Mitch McAbee (Sheila), Rob Snowden (Autumn), Chris Taylor (Donna), Shawn McAbee, Brad Taylor (Melissa), Tracie Snowden and April McAbee; 17 great-grandchildren; several special nieces and nephews and former son-in-law, Ronnie McAbee. Funeral services will be 3:00 pm Sunday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Revs. Paul Sluder and David Scruggs officiating. Interment will follow at Newfound Baptist Church Cemetery. Mr. Garrison's nephews will serve as pall bearers. Honorary pall bearers will be the Leicester Highway McDonald's Morning Club who were friends and brothers for many years. His family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to CarePartners Hospice, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. Terry & Family:

    We were sorry to learn of the loss of your Father. We know this has been a difficult time for you. May God’s loving presence comfort you and his promise of eternal life sustain you during this time of loss. Cherish the precious memories until you meet again. We are praying for you and your family.

  2. Terry, David & family: We feel for you during this painful time of loss. You’re in our prayers. We love you all. Patsy & Phil

  3. Terri, Louise and family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Joe and Linda Scorsone

  4. Dear Family,Sonny and I were sorry to hear about Mitch’s death. We loved him very much.He was a part of the Brendles family.Seems like just yesterday.We are thankful for the sweet memories.You will be in our thoughts and prayers.With love Sonny and Karen Disher

  5. Terry, Kathy, Louise and Families,

    I was sorry to learn of the death of your Dad. It has been many a year since you lived next door to us on Longview Rd. I remember fondly our being neighbors.

    What fun we used to have playing ball in the side yard. I remember what a good hitter Louise a.k.a. ‘Sister’ was.

    Mom and Dad bought your old house a number of years ago and are still living there. My younger sister Dee Dee and her husband bought the two-story from Mom and Dad.

    I pray that God will bless you during this tough time in your lives. Please find comfort in the knowledge that others care and share in your loss. Our entire family sends our love and sympathy.

  6. Chris, Donna and family:
    You all are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you.
    Joe, Denise, Rachel & Emeline Haney

  7. Dear Terry, Louise, Kathy, Gerald & Families,
    We are so sorry to hear about Mitchell. We have had you on our minds and in our prayers and will continue to do so. Your family has always been special to us and will always be. I have so many good memories of your family over the years. May the Lord be with you and give you strength. We plan to come to visit you soon.
    With our love,
    Gary & Linda Hawkins

  8. To the Garrison Family..Sorry to read about the loss of Mitch. He and my father were friends and worked together for the postal service. My thoughts are with all of you

    Ken Mertens

  9. Louise, Mitch, Shawn and April,
    We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that we think of you all often and remember the days of hanging at the ballfield and the times spent at your house in Oakley. It seems like only yesterday. We are now living both in Daytona Beach, Florida and Fairview, NC. Kids are grown and grandchildren are working on it. Hope to see you all again sometime soon. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God grant you peace.


  11. Dear Family sorry for your loss
    your father was a very caring man
    and hard working I got to know him while working at Brendles and I will miss seeing him at McDonalds
    May God Bless you at this time.

  12. I am so sorry to hear about Mitch, I worked with him for years at Brendles. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  13. I was sad to hear of Mr Garrisons passing. We had lot of good times working together at Brendles for many years. In fact about a week before his death I was going through some old pictures and found one of him at Brendles at Halloween playing a joke on me…he was a great man and will be missed. Love Kathy

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