Billy Joe Garrison

Billy Joe Garrison of Shawnee was born Feb. 19, 1937, in Sulphur to Franklin and Edna (Holt) Garrison. He died June 2, 2021, in Shawnee at the age of 84 years, 3 months and 13 days.
Garrison graduated from Mill Creek High School in May of 1955. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in August 1955 and attended basic training in San Diego and O-branch school in Imperial Beach, Calif. His naval assignments as a communications cryptologic technician over 20 years, in order, were: Navy 85, Waiawa, Hi.; NCS Guam; NSG HQ Washington, D.C.; NCS Adak, Alaska; NCS San Miguel, Philippines; NAVSECSTA Washington, D.C.; NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; NSGD Groton, Ct.
He retired from the Navy, transferring to the Fleet Reserve in December 1974. In 1975 he joined the Civil Service in similar capacity to his Naval service serving at the Naval Underwater Systems Center in New London, Ct.  He left that service in 1983 to become a cross-country truck driver for the next 21 years, maintaining his home in Connecticut. He retired in 2004 and moved to Sioux Falls, SD. In 2008, moved to Mill Creek and moved again in 2015 to Shawnee where he lived until his passing.
Garrison married his first wife, Geraldine (Bartley) Garrison of Pittsburg, Kan. in 1957. They met in the Navy and she passed away Feb. 20, 2000. He had two children with her, son Terrall and daughter Sheila born in 1958 and 1960 respectively. Sheila passed away May 27, 2016.
Garrison is survived by one sister, Elayne Jones of Bloomington, Calif. He married his second wife, Theresa (Hoffman) Garrison, of Buffalo, N.Y. in 2008. She passed away Jan. 14, 2021.
Memorial donations in his honor may be made to the Fisher House Foundation. Https//fisherhouse.org or call 301-294-8560. Services were held June 8, 2021, at Fort Sill National Cemetery
in Elgin under the direction of DeArman Funeral Home of Sulphur.
Online condolences may be sent to www.dearmanfuneralhome.com.

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