Ernie Mitchell Garrison

Ernie Mitchell Garrison, 84, of Spring City, passed away Saturday afternoon, March 14, 2020, at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn. He was born on March 3, 1936, in Cumberland County, Tenn., the son of the late Wilburn and Myrtle Mathis Garrison. Ernie was also preceded in death by his son, Keith Garrison; his two sisters, Ava Hinch and Cora Sherrill; and one brother, Lonnie Garrison.

Ernie was a former veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a retired electrician and maintenance supervisor during his career. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, bird watching, animals, building, cooking, and gardening. He was an avid sports fan and especially loved watching the Tennessee Vols. He was a Member of American Legion Post No. 203 and volunteered with the Rhea County Coordinating Committee for many years helping veterans to and from their medical appointments in Nashville and Murfreesboro. In his later years, he was the office manager for the Rhea County Coordinating Committee. Ernie was a kind and quiet man who will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Helen Louise Garrison, of Spring City; his two daughters, Sharon (Bill) Conkle, of Hampton, Ga., and Connie (Wayne) Matthew, of Dayton; his son, Alan Garrison, of Spring City; two sisters, Gennell Collett, of Virginia, and Barbara Hamilton, of Rockwood, Tenn.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many much loved nieces and nephews.

Military graveside services for Ernie will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at Spring City Cemetery with Dr. Roger Rothwell officiating.

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The family is being cared for by the Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayton.