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John E. Garrison

• Updated Mar 12, 2019 at 3:44 PM

JOHNSON CITY - John E. Garrison, 75, of Johnson City, passed away on Monday, March 11, 2019 at his home. He was born in Washington, D.C. to Ben Clyde Garrison Sr., and Ruth Buckner Garrison and later moved to Morganton, NC.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his first wife, Janice Poteat Garrison, his nephew, Garrison Nidiffer, and his brother-in-law, Ed Ogburn.

John graduated from the Kentucky Military Institute, attended the University of North Carolina and obtained his Masters of Business from East Tennessee State University. He pursued several ventures before opening the House of Ribs in Johnson City with his brother. John spent forty years as an Independent Representative for Caesars Entertainment and co-owner with his wife Rebecca, of “Players Travel Bettor”. He was the longest tenured representative, known as “The Godfather” among his colleagues.

Those left to cherish John’s memory include his loving wife, Rebecca Moore Garrison, his daughter, Elizabeth Gray Garrison Moore, son, John Clyde Garrison, grandchildren: Noah G. Moore, and Jacob Benjamin Moore; his siblings: Nancy Ogburn, Ben Clyde Garrison, Jr., and his wife Janice, Laura Elizabeth Garrison; nieces and nephews: Zoe Ogburn, Stephanie Lawhon, Heather Lowe, and Wendy Garrison; several great nieces and nephews, mother-in-law, Georgia Moore, and too many special friends to mention.

The family will greet friends to share memories on Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 11:00 am until a Celebration of John’s life at 1:00 pm in the Sunrise Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Services with Pastor James Nipper officiating. A Graveside service will be held at 2:30 pm on Thursday at Washington County Memory Gardens. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery by 2:00 pm.

Memories and condolences may be shared at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com . Tetrick Funeral Services 3001 Peoples Street Johnson, TN 37604 (423-610-7171) is honored to serve the Garrison family.

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