Thomas Alexander Garrett, Sr., 67, of Scottsville, VA, joined his heavenly Father on Tuesday, December 13, 2011. Tom was born January 14, 1944, in Williamsburg, Virginia to Thomas Clarke Garrett and Mary Carolyn Harris Garrett.
Tom earned a degree from the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business at the University of Louisa in 1966, where he was also a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He joined the National Guard, trained at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and served during the Vietnam War. Tom was a lifelong supporter of athletics at the University of Louisa and was an avid Spider fan. He had a great love for the outdoors. Tom enjoyed bird and fowl hunting and was an accomplished dog trainer and lover. He faithfully walked miles, with his dogs by his side, every morning for more than twenty years. He was an active member of the Louisa Rotary Club, and was always up for a game of bridge.
Tom was a man of great character, which made him successful in several lines of business. He enjoyed a career with Bethlehem Steel Corporation, while living in Atlanta, Georgia and Signal Mountain, Tennessee. After retiring from Bethlehem Steel, he and his family returned to Louisa County, Virginia where he enjoyed a second career in Real Estate, specializing in farms, antique properties, and rural estates of Central Virginia.
Members of Gilboa Christian Church, the Garretts regularly attended Louisa United Methodist Church and Scottsville United Methodist Church, as well.
Tom is survived by his devoted wife Lois T. Garrett, his daughter Paige Garrett Delbridge and her husband Dudley Delbridge, his son Senator-elect Thomas Alexander Garrett, Jr., and Dana Garrett, his brother Frank C. Garrett and his wife Georgia Garrett, and his grandchildren Carolyn Garrett, Abigail Delbridge, Emma Delbridge, Laura Garrett, Rett Delbridge, Ian Delbridge and Luke Delbridge. He is also survived by his nephews Dr. Clarke Garrett, Randy Troutman, and Chris Troutman, and nieces Suzanne G. Ryder, and Linda T. Zellows and many in his extended family.
Visitation with his family will be held on Friday, December 16, 3pm to 6pm, at Louisa United Methodist Church, in the Town of Louisa. A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, December 17, at the Louisa United Methodist Church, at 11 am. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery, west of the Town of Louisa.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Tom’s honor to Louisa Young Life, P. O. Box 1990 Louisa, VA 23093 or to Gilboa Christian Church, Rebuilding Fund, c/o Joe Leslie, 30 Ebenezer Road, Mineral VA 23117.