Dr. James Garrison Obituary


June 29, 1931 – October 3, 2020

Dr. James M. Garrison died Saturday, October 3, 2020, at the age of 89. He was born June 29, 1931, in St. Louis. He was preceded in death by his father, William, and mother, Mildred Garrison.

Garrison graduated from Concordia University, River Forrest, with a B.S. degree in elementary education in 1954. He received his master's degree in elementary administration from Washington University, St. Louis, in 1960. He was awarded his Ph.D. in school administration in 1970, by St. Louis University.

His first teaching experience was in Salt Lake City as a supply teacher at St. John's Lutheran School. Following his graduation in 1954 from Concordia, he received his call to Immanuel Lutheran School, Washington, Missouri, to serve as grade school teacher, youth leader and teach Bible classes. Later, he was made principal of Immanuel Lutheran School.

In 1965, he became a part of the Parkway Public School District administration team in St. Louis West County. First, he served as assistant to the superintendent and then in other administrative positions.

Garrison held the office of president of the Greater St. Louis Adult Education Organization. He also served on various education boards at the state level.

He served Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Clair, as director of Christian education, later teaching home adult Bible classes. He acted as chairman for the construction of the church, Christian Life Center and the child care center.

Garrison enjoyed building his home and other projects, fishing, hunting, traveling, being with friends, relatives and serving the Lord. He and his wife Paula, the love of his life and “bestest” friend, celebrated their 66 years of marriage August 7, 2020.

He is survived  by wife Paula; daughter Cynthia (Gregory) Baker; grandson Thomas (Jessica) Baker; and great-grandsons Lucas and Noah Baker.

Interment was at New Bethlehem Memorial Park Cemetery in Bellefontaine Neighbors.   Memorial service pending.

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