Franklin A. “Sparky” Garrison, 95, of Pennville, passed away on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at VA Northern Indiana Health Care System-Marion Campus in Marion.
He was born Saturday, Nov. 25, 1922, in Montpelier. He married Mildred E. Fear Monday, June 21, 1943 in Seattle, Wash.; she passed Feb. 8, 2014. Sparky attended Montpelier High School and served his country in the U.S. Army from March 23, 1943, to Dec. 9, 1945, during WWII. He retired in 1987 from Borg Warner Automotive in Muncie. He was a proud 73-year member of the Millard Brown American Legion Post 156, longtime member of the China-Burma-India-Veterans Association, Montpelier Volunteer Fire Department, Knights of Pythia’s (K.O.P Lodge), Montpelier Senior Citizens, longtime Boy Scout leader and was a player agent for the Little League. Sparky was a member of the Montpelier First Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, flea markets and was an avid wildlife camera man.
Loving survivors include three sons, Larry F. (Sandra) Garrison of Grand Blanc, Mich., Jim L. (Cathy) Garrison of Montpelier, and Tim E. Garrison of Montpelier; three daughters, Beverly J. (Dan) Furniss of Hartford City, Cathy H. (Dennis) Decker of Hartford City, and Barbara E. (Dave) Reidy of Fort Wayne; sisters, Jeany (John) Roark of Whitestown and Judy (John) Peck of Spring, Texas; 15 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Allen Garrison; mother, Goldie Lamley Garrison; wife, Mildred E. Garrison; son, Fredrick Allen Garrison; brothers, Bill, Joe, Bob, and George Garrison; and sisters, Betty Kiser, Mary Jane Cutwright, Donna Bennett, Dorthy Sandino and Anna Ward.
Family and friends may gather to share and remember at Walker & Glancy Funeral Home, 109 W. Windsor St., Montpelier, Thursday, Nov. 8, from 2 to 8 p.m. A service to celebrate Sparky’s life will be at Walker & Glancy Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9; viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. Martin Ingram and Ryan Ingram will be officiating and burial will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Montpelier. Military Graveside rites will be performed by the U.S. Army and Millard Brown American Legion Post 156.
Preferred memorials: First Baptist Church, 113 E. Huntington St. Montpelier, IN 47359; Montpelier Volunteer Fire Dept., 300 W. Huntington St. Montpelier, IN; or the Millard Brown American Legion Post 156, 112 W. Green St. Montpelier, IN 47359.
Arrangements are being handled by Walker & Glancy Funeral Home in Montpelier.