John Edward (Jack) Garrett, 85, of Buford, GA passed away Sunday, February 14, 2016 after a long illness. Jack was born in Jacksonville, FL on February 24, 1930 to John Cleo and Mary Bazemore Garrett. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War. Jack married the only girl he ever loved, Bobbie LaVerne Costley, on March 16, 1957 in Atlanta, GA. He had the honor of becoming an immediate father to his sister-in-law, LuAnne, when he and LaVerne married, and they later had their second daughter, Amy, in 1961. Jack retired from AT&T after 32 years of service to the company where he and LaVerne met. Jack loved traveling, especially to Western Europe, painting, photography, and he was an avid golfer. Jack is survived by his wife, LaVerne; brother, Ronnie Garrett; daughters and sons-in-law, LuAnne and Randy Duncan, Amy & Mike Hutchins; grandchildren, Mandy Slayton, Wes and Kelly Cooper, Garrett and Emily Hutchins; and four great-grandchildren, Peyton, Avery, Ella, and Annie. Jack lived a Godly life and will be lovingly remembered as a devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Thursday, February 18, 2016 at McKendree United Methodist Church with Rev. Julie Boone officiating. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation, in memory of Jack, to Friends of Refugees ( or the National Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131. The family will receive friends from 5:00-8:00 pm, Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30046, 770-277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at

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  1. My heart goes out to you. We know that Jack was a son of God he will be blessed and receive relief from all his pain.
    My prayers for you now.

  2. Amy, I know your dad is rejoicing in heaven! He is now perfect and at peace with his heavenly Father! Sending lots of love and prayers for peace.

  3. LaVerne, it a terrible loss for you and your family. Jack was a good
    man who will be missed by many. God bless you all.

  4. LaVerne, so sorry to learn of Jack’s passing. As you know he was a peer of mine and I treasure my association with him. I am presently vacationing in my winter home in Naples, FL. and will not be able to be there for the services. I will contact you when I return in March.

  5. Laverne, what bittersweet feelings upon hearing the news. Our hearts ache for you, but rejoice knowing that Jack is at peace and is finally home. Lifting up you & the rest of the family.

  6. Mrs. Garrett and Amy,
    Linda and I were so sorry to hear of Mr. Garrett’s passing. Please know that you and all your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God’s peace to you all.

  7. LaVerne, I am so sorry for the pain you and your family are going through with the passing of Jack. I remember him as a very good and Godly man. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you and your family.

  8. Mandy,
    You and your family are in my prayers. I’m truly sorry for the loss of your Grandfather. Remember, he will always be with you in spirit. The love that he gave to you will always be there to guide you. Through you and Ella his light will continue to touch others for many years to come.

  9. Lavern, we are so sorry to hear of Jack”s death. What a privilege it was to know him! We have so many memories of our years at Mt. Carmel. JD and Elsie

  10. LaVerne, and family, we were so sorry to hear about Jack. He was always such a kind gentleman and we know all of you
    will miss him. We are praying for peace & comfort for you now in the coming days & weeks. Please call is we can do anything
    for any one of you.
    Love to all,
    Tim, Deborah & Daniel Phillips

  11. I’m so sorry I won’t be able to be there with you all tomorrow to celebrate your dad’s life and to support you and your family as he is laid to rest. Amy, please know that my love and prayers will be with you tomorrow and I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you find some comfort in the love and support of all your friends and family.

  12. We are praying for LaVerne and family. So sorry we are out of town. We know that Jack is in a better place. Condolences to you all.

  13. Laverne and family, hugs and prayers for you all. Just looked at my email. Chris and I are in VA, he is working, I am visiting my niece. So sorry we want be able to Celebrate a wonderful Man of God, husband, father, grandfather. Love you

  14. Amy and Laverne, we want to express our deepest sympathies to you and your families on the passing of Jack. He was such a good, kind man…and we hold many wonderful memories of the three of you from our years at Mt. Carmel. May you be comforted in always knowing he was a believer and is home in the loving arms of his Heavenly Father. We love you both and please know, our prayers will be with you in these days ahead. Daphene & Richard Ward

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