James C. Garrett Obituary

James C. Garrett



MORAN-  James C. Garrett, age 90, of Moran, Texas, passed away Saturday, January 2, 2016, in Hendrick Hospice, Abilene, Texas. Services will be held at 2:00 Wednesday, January 6, 2016, in the Matthews Memorial Presbyterian Church in Albany, Texas, with Rev. John Stanislaw officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Moran Cemetery.  Parker Funeral Home of Baird, Texas, is in charge of arrangements. 


James was born on the Sears Ranch in Jones County, Texas, on November 2, 1925 to Roger Q. and Neta Cranston Garrett. He graduated from Anson High School. He attended John Tarleton College and the law school at the University of Texas. James graduated from Hardin Simmons College in May of 1949. He served in the U S Army Air Corps during World War II in the European Campaign. 


James and Doris Thomas married in Moran, Texas, on September 15, 1951, and from this union came five children. James and Doris kept Moran as their home base while James worked in the banking industry in Moran, Albany, Cross Plains and Big Lake for over 20 years. They also operated Moran Insurance Agency. Following his retirement from banking, James served as the Veteran’s Service Officer for Shackelford County for many years.


He had held membership in both the Anson Masonic Lodge #575 and the Knights Templar for over 60 years. James was a Baptist, a member of Lion’s Club, and the Moran American Legion. In addition to the organizations in which he was active, in earlier years he enjoyed raising Hereford cattle with his brother.  When his family, the Cranstons, came to Texas in the late 1800's from Missouri, they brought two Hereford bulls with them and started their herd in Jones County. James also loved attending the Texas Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo in Stamford with his family where his uncle, J.B. Cranston, was one of the directors in the early 1930's. Perhaps most of all James enjoyed watching his children, and later, his grandchildren, play sports. He was an avid supporter of all their activities.


Survivors include his wife, Doris Thomas Garrett; 4 daughters, Delnita (Bert) Jones of Albany; Mary Anna (Sam) Snyder of Moran, Susie (Joe) Clack of Moran, and Gayl (Larry) Brewster of Abilene; 6 grandchildren, Wade Garrett Jones, Brock David Jones, Geoffrey Chase (Brandi) Snyder, Clayton Burke (Amanda) Snyder; Megan Elise Adams, and Austin Garrett (Melissa) Adams; 3 Great-grandchildren, Kate Allison Jones. Blake Adam Jones, and Cyrus Bleu Snyder; sister-in-law Ruth Garrett of Granbury and brother-in-law G. C. (Fern) Thomas of Nebraska; along with numerous nieces and nephews.


Preceding James in death were his parents, his son James C. Garrett, Jr., brother Roger Garrett, and sister and brother-in-law Liddell Garrett Kennedy and Herbert Kennedy.


The family of James would like to sincerely thank the caregivers of Hendrick Hospice for their dedication at this difficult time. The family also suggests memorials to Hendrick Hospice or a charity of your choice.