GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Dr. Thomas Paul Garrison, Jr., 81, a long-time Gainesville dentist, died Wednesday morning, February 22, 2006, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.
Dr. Garrison was born in Marietta, Ga., in 1924, to Thomas Paul Garrison, Sr. and Ruby Mayes Garrison. Dr. Garrison graduated from high school in Hall County in 1942 and served in the U.S. Coast Guard as a signalman and gunner, attached to the US Navy Pacific Fleet during the second World War. After the war, he returned to Georgia, and attended Georgia Military College in Milledgeville. He was employed in the funeral service industry as an embalmer until graduation from Emory Dental School in 1960. Dr. Garrison practiced dentistry in several Georgia locales, including Thomson, Macon, and for the past 20 years, Gainesville, where he owned and operated Blue Ridge Dental Center. Service-minded, Dr. Garrison was a Mason and Shriner, serving as President of the Thomson Shrine Chapter in the 1970s. He was active in the Thomson Gaslight Theatre in the 60s and 70s, and a perennial coach for youth baseball.
He is predeceased by his brother, Dr. Joseph Mayes Garrison, of North Augusta, S.C., and his stepdaughter, Elaine Lumley Pope of Macon.
Dr. Garrison is survived by his wife, Ann, of Gainesville; daughter, Paula Garrison Gunby of Thomson; son, Thomas P. Garrison III, of Callaway, MD; son-in-law, Jerry Pope, of Macon; stepson, Michael Lumley, of Macon; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 25, at 2 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home in Gainesville. Flowers may be sent to Memorial Park Funeral Home at 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA 30504.