Garrison, Sr., James Edgar

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garrison_james_edgar_srJames Edgar Garrison Sr., of Christiansburg, died Thursday, July 7, 2016, at the age of 103 (only 7 weeks shy of 104) ending a wonderful long life. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Ruth. They were married for 74 amazing years. His love for his wife set a model for all.

He leaves behind a devoted family, son, Jim Garrison, Jr. and his wife, Marsha; daughter, Nina Clopton; granddaughters, Anne Garrison and her husband, Dave Oates, and Kacy Clopton and her husband, Sean Conner; grandson, Clint Garrison and his wife Bambi; great-grandson, Connor Garrison; and great-granddaughter, Jenna Garrison.

Jim was a plant manager for Gulf Oil Co. Distribution Plant in Charlottesville, finally retiring after 72 years at the age of 93. His first job was delivering mail on horseback. He loved to garden, winning battles with deer and groundhogs. He also refinished antique furniture, especially walnut pieces. He loved watching and attending sports events at UVa.

His love of his family and his faith, as well as his gentle love of, caring for, and respect for others set a high example for all who knew him. His faith was very evident in his daily life and in his church involvement. He served the church in a number of roles, and as a deacon emeritus. He ministered in every way possible. He loved to hug, tease, help, and comfort others. His mischievous smile with a “twinkle” in his eye, as well as his hugs, will be greatly missed.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 11, 2016 at Horne Funeral Home in Christiansburg. The Funeral Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at University Baptist Church, 1223 W. Main St., Charlottesville, with the Rev. Keith Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Holly Memorial Gardens, 3251 Seminole Trail, Charlottesville.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the University Baptist Church, 1223 W. Main St., Charlottesville, VA 22903; or to the Ellerman Music Endowment at First Baptist Church, 215 Third Ave., Radford, VA 24141. Online condolences may be left at