In the early morning hours of Friday, September 11, 2020, while surrounded by his loving family, Mr. Robert H. Garretson, Jr., age 71, of Marion, North Carolina, made the wonderful cross over into Heaven while at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills SECU Inpatient Unit in Forest City following a 2-year battle with cancer. The son of the late Robert and Katherine Horn Garretson, he was born in Pine Hill, New Jersey on February 08, 1949.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Caroline Bellamy, Katherine Roberts, Donna Faye Garretson and Judy Carabalia.
Known for his passion for dressing up each Halloween, Robert enjoyed listening to country music, being outdoors; and last but not least, having his cup of coffee. He also enjoyed participating in the Senior Games and was a member of the Chess Club at the McDowell County Senior Center. It did Robert’s heart good to spend time with his wonderful family, especially his grandchildren, and making precious memories.
Left to cherish his memories are his loving wife of 49 years, Donna Kendall Garretson; three sons, Thomas Garretson (Tammie), Michael Garretson (Kalie) and Jason Garretson (Jessica); six siblings, Ronald Garretson (Michelle), Lonnie Garretson, Eva Colburn, Gladys Ann Garretson, Charles Garretson (Susan) and Paula Bidwell (Steven). Robert is also survived by seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Garretson will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Beam Funeral Service. Interment will follow at Murphy’s Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.
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