Roland Jackson Garrett of Marble passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at Murphy Medical Center Nursing Home.
Born Nov. 11, 1922, Roland was a native and lifelong resident of Cherokee County. He was the son of the late Emory and Bessie Roberts Garrett from the Unaka community.
In addition to his parents, Roland was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Wilson Garrett. They had been married 43 years. Also preceding him in death were five brothers, Clyde, Otis, Frank, Carl and Earl Garrett; and five sisters, Edna Brown, Pauline Floyd, Irene Rhodes, Edith Keenum and Ellen Croft.
He is survived by two sisters, Susan Duncan of Hendersonville, and Lela King of Rock Hill, S.C. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews, two sisters-in-law and a host of longtime friends.
For nearly 80 years, Rowland was a faithful member of Marble Springs Baptist Church, where he served in numerous roles as deacon, Junior Boys Sunday school teacher, music director, bus driver, sound system operator, chairman of the buildings and grounds committee and church custodian.
As a master automotive technician, Roland worked for 30 years at E.C. Moore Dodge Dealership in Murphy, and then later for Burch Motors Ford Dealership. He closed out his work career by serving 14 years as custodian at Marble Elementary School.
The family received friends from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Marble Springs Baptist Church.The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. The Revs. Bernie Dixon, Lloyd Fish, Fred Lunsford and John Bailey officiated. The Marble Springs Quartet provided music. Burial was in Moss Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dick Brown, Mike Erwin, Jeff Rowland, Wendell Hedden, Howard Coffey and Mose Mays.
You may send tributes to the Garrett family at www.townson-rose.com.
Townson-Rose Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.