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In Memory of

Ken Kenneth Garrett

July 2, 1923 - March 12, 2017

Obituary


Charles Kenneth "Ken" Garrett, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Trinity Village after a brief stay. Born July 2, 1923, in Blount County, TN, Ken was the son of the late Clarence and Ruby Hord Garrett.

Following his graduation from Friendsville (TN) High School, where he had been a member of the basketball team, Ken was invited to work for Alcoa, the "Aluminum Company of America". He interrupted his career to volunteer (from the Vol state) for the US Army as World War II was underway. While in the Army,...

Charles Kenneth "Ken" Garrett, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Trinity Village after a brief stay. Born July 2, 1923, in Blount County, TN, Ken was the son of the late Clarence and Ruby Hord Garrett.

Following his graduation from Friendsville (TN) High School, where he had been a member of the basketball team, Ken was invited to work for Alcoa, the "Aluminum Company of America". He interrupted his career to volunteer (from the Vol state) for the US Army as World War II was underway. While in the Army, Ken became an airplane mechanic that specialized in repairing airplanes damaged during battle. The war ended and he was honorably discharged and returned home to Tennessee to resume his career and education. While continuing to work for Alcoa, Ken enrolled at the University of Tennessee and in 1951 married his high school sweetheart Margaret Johnston, and they spent the next 53 years together until her death in 2004. He graduated in 1954 from the University of Tennessee at the age of 30 with a degree in business administration.

His years with Alcoa sent Ken from Alcoa, TN, to Evansville, IN, to Pittsburgh, PA, the headquarters of Alcoa. There in 1960, his son Brad was born and Ken's golf career would begin as he served as a scorer in the 1962 US Open at Oakmont CC. Ken moved with Alcoa to Richmond, IN, where he served as traffic manager. Pending a transfer further from home, he accepted a teaching position with Catawba Valley Technical Institute in Hickory, NC, which was in its early years. Ken began teaching traffic and transportation and over the next 20 years would teach 34 different classes in the business department. Upon his retirement at age 65 he would begin his final and most enjoyable career.

Don Teague, a former student of Ken's, had become the Head Golf Professional at Cedar Rock Country Club in Lenoir, NC. Don asked Ken if he would like to maintain the golf cart fleet at Cedar Rock, which would also give him playing privileges. Ken and his grandson, Wesley, would split time between working on the carts and playing golf and they would also maintain the personal carts of many members, forming lifelong friendships. Soon John Hemmings from Rock Barn Golf Club called and Ken took over maintaining their massive fleet of golf carts, which he did until age 85.

Ken started each morning by reading the Hickory Daily Record from cover to cover with his grand-dog Wilma. He maintained a vegetable garden for over 50 years with his special friend Bekri Sulliman. Ken loved watching all sports, especially his Tennessee Volunteers, Carolina Panthers, and Charlotte Hornets. He watched golf every Sunday afternoon with 60 Minutes to follow. Ken also served as the neighborhood repairman and driver. He patiently drove his wife Margaret to antique shows and malls and wherever she wanted to go (she never had a driver's license) and enjoyed taking the neighborhood seniors to the grocery store and doctor appointments.

Ken was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Hickory, NC, where he was a member of the Men's Bible Class and had chaired and served on numerous committees.

Ken is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Cindy Garrett of Hickory, NC; grandson, Wesley Garrett; sisters Berlyn Love of Louisville, TN, and Eunice Greer of Hamilton, OH; and many nieces and nephews in Tennessee and Ohio.

A celebration of Ken's life will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, March 17, 2017, at First United Methodist Church in Hickory, NC. Reverend Paul Christy and Reverend Will Posey will officiate. A graveside service with military honors by American Legion Post #48 will follow the church service at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Hickory, NC. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday at Drum Funeral Home, 940 29th Ave. NE, Hickory, NC, 28601.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Wesley Garrett, Derek McCall, William Houston, Brian Johnston, Rick Hicks, and Mark Leagon. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be: Paul Jackson, Larry Huffman, John Hemmings, David Smith, J.C. Epting, Bekri Sulliman, and members of the Men's Bible Class.

Condolences may be sent to the Garrett family at www.drumfh-hickory.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to: First United Methodist Church, 311 Third Ave. NE, Hickory, NC, 28601, or to Middlesettlements United Methodist Church, 2729 Middlesettlements Road, Maryville, TN, 37801.

The Garrett family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Hickory, NC.