NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Prominent Augusta physician Dr. Joseph Mayes Garrison, M.D., 78, of North Augusta, SC, entered into rest on Saturday, January 29, 2005, at the family farm in North Augusta, SC.
Private graveside services were held with the Rev. Robert Fuller officiating. Burial with Masonic Rites was in Pen Branch Cemetery. A public celebration of his life was held Thursday, February 3, 2005, at 3 p.m. at Fairview Presbyterian Church in North Augusta, SC.
Dr. Garrison, a resident of North Augusta for over 30 years, was a native of Marietta, Ga. He was born on May 14, 1926, to the late Thomas Paul and Ruby Mayes Garrison. Dr. Garrison graduated from Gainesville High School and was awarded a sports scholarship to Furman before joining the Navy during World War II. He served as a Morse Code Communications Operator while stationed in the Hawaiian Islands. Dr. Garrison received his B.S. in chemistry from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Tex., and his doctorate from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He practiced general medicine and surgery in Thomson for 15 years before moving to Augusta to specialize in anesthesiology. Dr. Garrison practiced anesthesiology for 31 years at St. Joseph's Hospital and University Hospital in Augusta. He was one of the co-founding partners of the Anesthesia Associates of Augusta. He was the co-founder and Executive Medical Director of Healthmaster, Inc., one of the largest private home health care companies in the country. He was also the co-founder of First Choice Medical, a local respiratory home care company.
He was a member of numerous medical societies, including the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Medical Association, the Medical Association of Georgia, the Richmond County Medical Society, the Southern Medical Association, and the Georgia Society of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Garrison was Board Certified by the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians. Dr. Garrison was a member of the Board of Development of Hardin-Simmons University and the President's Club. He was a distinguished member of the Board of Visitors of Presbyterian College. He was also a member of the American Legion. Dr. Garrison was an active member of Fairview Presbyterian Church for many years, where he was a deacon and Sunday School member. He was a Master Mason and Shriner, a member of the A.J. Miller Masonic Lodge in Thomson, and York Rite Bodies in Augusta.
In 2000, Dr. Garrison received his 50 year citation from the Masonic order. He was an avid collector of antique automobiles and a member of the Shade Tree A's, the Model A Ford Club of America, and the Antique Automobile Club of America. He was a kind, generous and considerate man who was noted for his dedication to his patients, his staff, coworkers, and his profession. Many of his patients have expressed their gratitude and appreciation for his work, compassion, and caring bedside manner.
Survivors include his wife, children, grandchildren, brother, niece and nephew. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Richmond County Medical Society, the Masonic fraternity, and members of the Shade Tree A's.
Memorials may be made to Fairview Presbyterian Church, 1101 Carolina Avenue, North Augusta, SC, 29841, or to the charity of one's choice.
Culler-McAlhany Funeral Home of North was in charge of arrangements.