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James Samuel Garrison, resident of Edmond, Okla., for 44 years, died Friday morning, July 29, 2016 His big heart finally gave out at 93 years old.
Jim was born in Muskogee, Okla., on December 31, 1922 to James David Garrison and Evelyn Gidney Garrison. He was married to his hometown sweetheart, Marjorie Lou Baker Garrison, for 64 years before her passing in 2008.
He is survived by four children, Janet Johanson (Buz) of San Rafael, Calif., James S. Garrison, Jr. (Pam) of Medford, Ore., David Garrison (Joyce) of Mt. Pleasant, S.C, and Cindy Hendrick (Bill) of Albuquerque, N.M. Jim also had 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Jim joined the Army Air Corps in 1944 rising to the rank of Lt. Colonel in the Air Force before his retirement in 1972. He saw action in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Jim loved to fly and received his wings in 1944 and continued to fly various aircraft throughout his career. After retirement he continued to fly as a corporate pilot because he just loved being up in the air.
Jim had a tremendous sense of curiosity about everything and became a licensed insurance agent and stockbroker and was current on global affairs until the end. He enjoyed his Iphone, Ipad and computer immensely often face timing his children and grandchildren helping everyone to laugh with his great sense of humor. He also enjoyed traveling and seeing the world and often said his favorite cities were Bangkok and Saigon. He made his last trip to Whistler, British Columbia for a family reunion in July of 2015 where he was joined by all of his children, their spouses and all of his grandchildren where he was honored and loved.
A small service will be 2:30 - 4 p.m. Thursday, August 4, at Touchmark at Coffee Creek, 2801 Shortgrass Road, Edmond, where Jim was a resident for the last six years. In lieu of any flowers, please donate to Hope Center in Edmond. Jim donated his body to the OU Medical Center for research.
Published on August 1, 2016
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