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Tommy Wayne Garrett


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Tommy Wayne Garrett, age 84, passed away at home in Roswell, New Mexico on Saturday, December 21, 2019, surrounded by his wife and all his children. Tommy was born to Paralee and Henry Garrett in Clayton, New Mexico on April 1, 1935. On May 29, 1954 he married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Hair, and to this union three children were born – Michael, Debbie and Reba. A strong work ethic guided Tommy to work for Mountain Bell for thirty years. He also generally had a second job, the most significant of which was 20 years of operating Roswell Fire and Burglar Alarm until three years after his retirement. Though working round the clock, there was nothing he would not do for his family.

As an April Fool’s baby, Tommy had a natural love of fun and practical jokes. Family memories center around his antics and customized song lyrics. While no one escaped his pranks, Tommy had a way of inspiring those around him to do their very best and convinced each one they alone shared a special connection with him.

He is survived by his wife Barbara Garrett; his son Michael Garrett and his wife Detra (Rockwall, TX), and their family, Karla and Justin Smith and Ryan and Lindsey Garrett; daughter Debbie Goolsby and her husband Tom (Lubbock, TX) and their children Woody and Wade Goolsby; and daughter Reba Rogers (Roswell, NM) and her family Paige, John, and Michael Hodge and Kimberly, Matthew, Henry, and Lewis Dillon.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful Encompass Hospice staff members Jimmie, Catrina, Jose, April, Maureen, and Elvira.

If desired, memorial donations can be made in honor of Tommy Garrett to the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home, 1356 NM-236, Portales, NM 88130.

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Visitation will be Thursday, December 26th, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at LaGrone Funeral Chapel, 900 South Main Street in Roswell, New Mexico.

Services will be held Friday, December 27th, 2019 at 2:00 pm at LaGrone Funeral Chapel, 900 South Main Street in Roswell, New Mexico with Doug Austin of West Country Club Church of Christ officiating. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com.

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