Harold Monroe Garrison, 86, of Hickman, Ky., died Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis.
He was a graduate of Murray State University, where he was a member of Phi Delta Kappa and also was founder and president of Beta Tau Beta fraternity.
He started his teaching and basketball coaching career in 1957 at Fulton County High School in Hickman, then in 1962 he became principal at Cayce Elementary school until he was named principal of Fulton County High School in 1964. In 1967 he took the office of superintendent of the Fulton County School System.
He was very proud of two special accomplishments he spearheaded during his tenure — a new elementary school was built and he acquired state and federal funds to construct the Vocational Training School for Fulton and Hickman counties in 1972. After leaving the education profession, Mr. Garrison became the City Manager for Hickman, then his last employment was that of Fulton County Judge Executive until he retired at the end of 2006.
He was a member of First Baptist Church in Hickman and a member of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, F. & A.M. Lodge No. 761 in Hickman.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Terrell and Velma Garrison; brothers, Billy Rayburn and Bobby Garrison; and a granddaughter, Amanda Young.
Survivors include his wife, Paula June (Hornsby) Garrison of Hickman; his daughters, Valerie (Charles) Ducas of Louisville, Ky., and Beth (Brent) Young of Franklin; and grandchildren, Emily, Leigh and Natalie Ducas, all of Louisville, and Brooke Young and Gregory (Peyton) Young, all of Franklin.
A private graveside service was to be held today at the Hickman City Cemetery, with Brother Tom Quimby officiating.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy be made to First Baptist Church, 205 East Moulton St., Hickman, KY 42050; or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Strong Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.