Gordon “Red” Garrett, 94, of Baytown, was called home to his eternal reward Monday, October 28, 2019, while surrounded by his loving family.
Red was born September 21, 1925 in Troup, to parents; Dallas and Georgia Garrett. He was a graduate of Arp High School, member of the Family Worship Center in Houston, and a retired welding inspector from Exxon after 35 years of employment. Red was very proud of the fact his two sons, as well as numerous other family members worked for Exxon and combined they have over 120 years of service.
Red was a giant of a man and some would say, he was more of a man than most. He was a praying man and you can bet he had a prayer on his lips at some point or another for you. Christ and family were most important in his life. He had a servant’s heart and if you ever needed anything, Red was there to lend a helping hand, even if you didn’t necessarily want it! He didn’t let age stop him from helping others or from working daily.
Holidays were important to him because that was family time. Each holiday was spent over the pit cooking BBQ chicken, ribs or burgers. Family would gather and enjoy a great spread with all the fixins. When it wasn’t a holiday, he’d plan a shrimp or fish fry, cook gumbo, or his world famous purple hull peas with homemade hot stuff, cream corn and cornbread.
If you were to pull up to Red’s house he was sure to be tinkering with something, and if he wasn’t on the tractor or in the vegetable garden, he was napping on the front porch swing. Red also enjoyed spending countless hours on the water fishing with family and his longtime friend Pete Swearingen. Red was respected, appreciated and true to his word. He will be missed by all that knew him, but his memory will live on in our hearts.
Mr. Garrett was preceded in death by his parents, wife of almost 70 years, Marie Louise Garrett, sons Billy Bruce Garrett and Gordon R. Garett, Jr., son-in-law Rickey Caruso, and seven of his siblings. He is survived by his children Sandra Caruso, Sharon Martin and husband Bruce, and Ron Garrett and wife Connie, daughter-in-law Pam Garrett, sister Betty Boulter, grandchildren Jason Caruso and wife Mary, Tiffany Hofbauer and husband Lothar, Chad Caruso and wife Kammy, Amber Martin, Shane Garrett, Luke Mickelson, Dallas Garrett and wife Karla, David Garrett and Johnathan Garrett, 25 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Sharron and Ron would like to send a very special Thank You to our darling sister Sandra. Sandra has been the anchor for daddy, mama and us these many years. We cannot express our gratitude for her selfless sacrifice and focus on ensuring that the very best that could be done was done during these challenging years.
The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday November 4, 2019 at the Crespo & Jirrels Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday November 5, 2019, at the Crespo & Jirrels Funeral Home Chapel in Baytown with interment following at Sterling White Cemetery in Highlands.
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