April 21, 1887 - 1954
|Mrs. J. T. Garrett was born April 21, 1887 near Pineville, La. Her maiden name was Fannie Ellen Nally, daughter of Rev. 0. W. and Lottie Corley Nally. She was converted and joined the Methodist Church when about 15 years of age.
On May 1, 1904 she was married to J. T. Garrett and to this union was born seven children, three of these preceding her in death, but she has left to survive her and cherish her memory, her husband, Rev. J. T. Garrett of Chatham; and the following children: Mrs. Odera Fader of Houston, Texas; Rev. J. T. Garrett, Jr. of Big Sandy, Texas; Rev. Roy L. Garrett of Emory University, Georgia; Rev. Troy B. Garrett of Chatham, La.; seven grand children, one Great grand child, six sisters and three brothers.
Her devotion to the Church and her Lord grew into an amazing Consecration through the years, so that in the Sunset hour of her life her Coronation in the Church Triumph was but a short and beautiful step through the doorway of death.
For the past thirteen years Mrs. Garrett was the mistress of the parsonage home in Chatham. During that time the work grew from a four-point circuit with inadequate church and parsonage, to a station with a beautiful new Church and a lovely modern parsonage. In the new parsonage, as in the old, Mrs. Garrett was the same patient, quiet, gentle, loving wife and mother. Her hospitality was genuine and sincere and her home was happy and secure.
Mrs. Garrett gave three sons to the ministry and one daughter to the Medical profession, but never did she cease to carry a large part of the responsibility in her own Church, Womans Society and Church School. The quiet waters of her serene soul ran deep and one could always feel in her home the Invisible strength of a consecration, which made real there, the Kingdom. of God. And there was not only beauty within the parsonage, but in its yards as well, for she was a lover of flowers and they seemed to know it for they responded to her gentle touch and grew into magical beauty with amazing swiftness.
As Mrs. Garrett’s health began to fail she bore her illness with Christian Grace and her concern was always for her loved ones and never for self. And so it was that In the quietness of the night in the serenity and peace she slipped away into that “Land that is fairer than day” where she waits in the Father’s, House for those who love her most to join her there.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 170-171, 1954 by Geo. W. Pomeroy.|