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01/28/16 - NNHS Newsletter - Benton Garrett

Taylor Benton Garrett
(23 Mar 1918 - 21 Jan 2016)

Newport News High School Class of June 1936

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   The sad news continues today.
     Benton Garrett, Class of June 1936, passed away in Yorktown on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at the age of 97.

     From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 01/27/16, 10:58 PM - More Deaths:

... Taylor Benton Garrett, N.N.H.S. class of June 1936. I see him in the yearbook as “Benton”. He passed away January 21, 2016. I did not know him. His Celebration of Life was held on January 26th at Peninsula Funeral Home. He was in the same class as the late, dear  Frances “Mickey” Maguire, one of my favorite teachers ever... 

   Fred, I am so sorry to learn this. Thank you for letting me know; how I missed this I do not know.

From The Daily Press - 01/24/16:

         Taylor Benton Garrett
    YORKTOWN - Taylor Benton Garrett, 97, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 21st, 2016.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Muriel Shirley Garrett, and leaves behind to cherish his memory three sons, Taylor B. Garrett Jr, and wife Delores, David M. Garrett and wife Diane, James B. Garrett and a daughter, Joan Lynn McDonald and her significant other, J.R. Noyes; seven grandchildren, Bryan Garrett, Lindsay Hobson, Brooke McKenzie, David Garrett, Ashley Strachan, Christopher McDonald, Eric McDonald; and four great-grandchildren, Presley Hobson, Payton Hobson, Alexys Strachan, Taylor McKenzie; and niece Barbara Dezern.

Benton was born March 23rd, 1918 in Princess Anne Co, District of Pungo, now Virginia Beach. He was the 5th of 6th children born to John Lucas and Nettie Bryan Garrett.

He graduated from Newport News High School in 1936 and later fell in love with and married Muriel.

He joined the Army in April 1941, where he served 4 years. He shipped out 11 days before the birth of their first child and saw him for the first time 3 years later. Benton was awarded the Bronze Star and a Letter of Citation Award for Meritorious Service at Saipan, M.I. Upon return to Newport News, he rejoined the Shipyard and later retired after 43 years in 1980.

Benton Garrett
He enjoyed being a Little League Coach, working with the Boy Scouts, golfing, gardening, sailing and the beach. He was a lifelong member of Grace United Methodist Church.

There are many other unnamed friends and family members who will miss his loving kindness.

The family invites you to gather and remember Benton, Monday January 25th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, Newport News.

A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, January 26th at 2 p.m. at the same place. Burial to follow in Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on January 24, 2016.
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January 24, 2016

My sympathy goes out to the family I use to work at The Hidenwood. Mr. Garrett was one of my favorite residents. I've been gone from there over seven years, but still remember him vividly: a gentle man, quiet. We would often watch Jeopardy together and talk. He will be missed; gone but not forgotten.

~ Shelley Webster, Newport News, Virginia

January 25, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss; may God be with you all during this difficult time.

~ Unsigned

January 26, 2016

Lynn and family, I'm so sorry for the loss of your father, Benton. He was a kind and caring man. He will be sadly missed by all who had the wonderful opportunity to know him.

~ Curtis Connell, Virginia Beach, Virginia

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mr. Garrett's family and friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

 Onward Christian Soldiers

Words by Sabine Baring Gould in Church Times, 1865

Music (St. Gertrude) by Arthur S. Sullivan, 1871

Onward Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before!
Christ, the royal Master,
Leads against the foe;
Forward into battle,
See His banner go!

Onward, Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before!

2. At the sign of triumph
Satan's host doth flee;
On, then, Christian soldiers,
On to victory!
Hell's foundation quiver
At the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices,
Loud your anthems raise!

3. Like a mighty army
Moves the church of God;
Brothers, we are treading
Where the saints have trod;
We are not divided;
All one body we
One in hope and doctrine,
One in charity.

4. Onward, then, ye people,
Join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices
In the triumph song;
Glory, laud, and Honor,
Unto Christ the King;
This thro' countless ages
Men and angels sing.

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