Kenneth P. Garrett, 77, of the Sht. Mtn. Community passed away Thursday, June 30, 2011. Born in Cumberland County Kentucky, January 2, 1934, he moved to Indiana and grew up in (or near) Whiteland Indiana.
He entered the United States Air Force at the age of 17 and after basic training at Sheppard AFB Texas, Technical School at Lowry AFB, and overseas assignments. He was then assigned to Sewart AFB Smyrna TN at the age of 20 in 1954.
Ken married Marie Hale in 1955. He completed his military career in 1971 and along with his family moved to the Short Mountain community to the home place he and Marie bought in 1958. He was preceded in death by his parents Charlie John Garrett and Mary Effie Pierce Garrett, siblings Virgil, Verdie Ellen, Thomas Hershel, Clara Edith and Manual Odell.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sara Marie (Hale) Garrett, daughters Marcia Ann (Gerald) Melton and Melanie Sue (Frank) Nistad. Grandsons Matthew (Laura) Daniel, Caleb Daniel, Skylar Daniel and Granddaughter Tylee Xian Marie Nistad. He is also survived by brother, J.E. Garrett all of the Short Mtn. Community.
After his military career he ran his farm, had a trucking company for several years, completed college for a nursing degree, and worked as RN for more than twenty years. He also served as a Cannon County Farm Bureau board of director, a ninth (4th) district county Justice of Peace/Commissioner, a 4th District School Board Member, Chairman of the Cannon County School Board, Sunday School Superintendent/Lay Leader of Short Mountain Methodist Church at Half Acre for thirty-five plus year, and president of Melton Cemetery Corporation for twenty years.
Funeral services will be 2 pm Sunday, July 3, 2011 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Royce Martin and Gerald Melton officiating. Interment will follow in the Melton Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Saturday, July 2 from 4 pm till 9 pm.
Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or www.woodburyfuneralhome.net