Gerald Garrison

Gerald Thomas Garrison, 91, formerly of Obion County, died May 19, 2017, at his home in Tucson, Ariz.
Gerald was born in Troy in October 1925 to Lyle and Beatrice Garrison, both of Union City. After graduation from Union City High School in 1943, Gerald enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp, serving with the 8th Air Force/306 Bomb Group/368 Bomb Squadron, Thurleigh Air Base in England. He flew numerous combat bombing and reconnaissance missions as a Togalier/Aerial Gunner on the “Flying Fortress” B-17 as a member of “Begin The Began” aircrew.
After serving in World War II, he was assigned to Davis Monthan Air Base in Tucson, where he met and married his wife, Harriett, in January 1947. They had a marriage of 60 years until her death in 2008. He served from 1956 until his retirement as a Special Agent/Chief Master Sergeant with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations working in that position all over the world. Upon his retirement in 1971, he had received numerous medals, awards and citations from the United States and foreign governments.
Once retired he was hired as a police officer with the University of Arizona Police Department, reaching the rank of assistant chief of police. He retired from the U of A in 1977.
Gerald served his country with honor, integrity and valor for over 30 years.
He is survived by three children and their spouses, Nancy and Ray Spivey, Tom and Tessie Garrison and Barbara and Larry Manley; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at All Faith Memorial Park in Tucson.
Bring’s Broadway Chapel in Tucson is in charge of arrangements.
Published 5.24.17

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