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03/18/15 - NNHS Newsletter - Leonard Garrett

Walter Leonard Garrett, Jr.
(15 Mar 1934 - 15 Mar 2015)

Newport News High School Class of 1952

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this Wednesday.     Leonard Garrett, Class of 1952, brother of Nancy Garrett Schenck of VA and    Gaby Garrett Pratt ('54) of DE, passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2015, his 81st birthday, in Riverside Hospital, Newport News.

From The Daily Press - 03/18/15:

                    Leonard Garrett
      SMITHFIELD - Walter "Leonard" Garrett, Jr., age 81, passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2015 in Riverside Hospital, Newport News, Virginia.

He was born in Newport News on March 15, 1934 and was a 1952 graduate of Newport News High School. He served in the US Army for two years in the 3d US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) in Washington, D.C. He worked in the Retail Advertising Department, Daily Press, for 34 years.

Leonard was a faithful member of Benn's United Methodist Church where he served a term as Church Lay Leader, was a member of the Adult Fellowship Sunday School Class and was a certified lay speaker. Leonard was a member of the Smithfield Gideon Camp and served a term as Church Ministry Chair. He also spoke on behalf of the Gideons at various churches. He was also an active member of both the Smithfield Kiwanis and Carrollton Ruritan Club.

Leonard is survived by his wife of 54 years, Karen Smith Garrett, two sons, Thomas A. Garrett (Jill) of California, Maryland, and, Christopher S. Garrett (Melissa), of Dallas, Georgia; two sisters, Nancy Schenck of Earleysville, Virginia and Gaby Pratt of Greenwood, Delaware; five grandchildren, Taylor, Jake, Lorelai, Elijah and Josiah.

Leonard Garrett

Leonard loved the Lord, his family and loved to tell stories. He enjoyed playing tennis, golfing, swimming and "shooting hoops" with his sons.

The family will receive friends 6-8 pm Friday, March 20 at Benn's United Methodist Church. The funeral service will be 11:00 AM, Saturday, March 21 in Benn's UMC with a reception following in Benn's Family Life Center. A graveside service will be held at Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News, following the reception. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Benn's United Methodist Church, 14571 Benn's Church Blvd, Smithfield, VA 23430-6154. Service arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield, Carrollton, Isle of Wight. Family and friends are encouraged to share condolences and remembrances at View and post condolences on our online guestbook at  

Published in The Daily Press on March 18, 2015.
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March 18, 2015

I worked with Leonard at the Daily Press, and he will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. God bless.

Dwight and Diane Rice, Toano, VirginiaContact Me

March 18, 2015

We've known Leonard since 1989. He always had a story to tell and a pun to offer. He was always fun to be around. He will be missed.

March 18, 2015

Leonard always had a smile on his face. Over the years, he told such fun stories. I have known Leonard and his lovely wife, Karen, for at least 30 years. He will be missed.

March 18, 2015

Karen, we send you our love. Leonard was a good friend for many, many years. We could write a book (as you could) on the adventures of Leonard! He always had a story to tell and brightened any room he entered. He will forever be in our hearts with the fondest of memories. You and your family are in our hearts and prayers. Love,

March 18, 2015

So sorry to hear about Leonard's passing. My sincere condolences to the Garrett family. I had the opportunity to work with Leonard at the Daily Press from 1976 through 1980. He was a great man and will be missed by all.

  Our sincerest condolences are extended to Leonard's family and friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)
Music by
George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 09 Dec 1893)

(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)

Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
Elvey's tune, "Diademata", has been set to several other hymns, notably "Crown Him with Many Thorns" and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".

 Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!

O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.

Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?

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