John Paul Garnett of Lewisburg, WV, died Thursday morning, November 13, 2014, at his residence.
He was born in Glasgow, WV, the son of Lawrence Edward and Elisabeth Greenlee Garnett.
He graduated from Bramwell High School in 1945 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After his discharge from the Navy, he attended Concord College and graduated in January 1951. He moved to Lewisburg in 1958 and, in 1988, retired from the Division of Vocational Rehab with 20 years of service.
He was a member of the Lewisburg United Methodist Church, where he served as treasurer and president of the Methodist Men Fellowship. He was a member and past president of the Lewisburg Lions Club, having received the Leonard Jarrett Award. He was a life member of the Greenbrier Historical Society, where he served as treasurer from 1976 to 1992 and president from 1988 to 2000. He served on the boards of directors of the Greenbrier Manor and WVA United Methodist Men Foundation. He was a volunteer at the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center with over 8,500 hours of service.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Julia Knight Garnett; two children, John Edward and wife, Angela, and Ann Kudro and husband, Michael; five grandchildren, Elizabeth Greenlee Kudro, Thomas Andrew Kudro, and Chelsea, Oakley, and Evan Garnett; one great-grandson, Grayson Michael Kudro; and two sisters, Imogene Gregory of Roanoke, VA, and Mary Starnes of Salisbury, MD.
Funeral services for Mr. Garnett are scheduled for Monday, November 17, 2014, at 12 PM at the Lewisburg United Methodist Church with the Rev. Rick Brown officiating. Interment will follow at the Rosewood Cemetery in Lewisburg.
The family will receive friends Sunday, November 16, from 2-4 PM at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in his memory to the Greenbrier Historical Society.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.WallaceandWallaceFH.com.
Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.
Obituary originally punlished in the November 14, 2014 edition of the West Virginia Daily News.