M. A. “Sam” Garrett, Sr., 81, of Hartburg, passed away Saturday, May 25,  at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. Born on Dec. 31, 1931 in Lufkin,  to his parents, Malcolm and Allie Fair (Havard) Garrett,  he retired as a member of the I. U. O. E. Local 450 as a heavy equipment operator in the construction industry.  

He was a member of the Hartburg Baptist Church, where he served his Lord as the usher chairman, and he also worked on the benevolence committee for 15 years.  

Sam is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Shirley Freeman.

Those who will most cherish his memory are his wife of 62 years, Waldean Garrett; sons, M. A. Garrett, Jr. and wife, Dora, and David Garrett and wife, Susan; daughters, Linda Garsee and Patsy Reeves; brothers, Wayne Garrett and wife, Cindy, Marvin Garrett and wife, Rita, and King David Garrett; and sister, Louise Risinger and husband, Bacil.  

Sam was blessed with 11 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.  

Honoring Sam as pallbearers will be Mark Garrett, Terry Garrett, Thomas McGee, III, Bacil Risinger, Jr., Clark Teague, Jr. and Lee Alexander. Honorary pallbearers are Wilbur Linscomb and Tommy Carter.  

Services by which to honor his life were held Tuesday, May 28, at the Hartburg Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Bonner, officiating. Interment followed services at the King Cemetery in Hartburg.

For those who desire, please make a donation in memory of Sam to the benevolence fund at Hartburg Baptist Church, PO Box 603, Deweyville, Texas 77614-0603.  

Services were under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange, where friends may sign the register or leave condolences at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.