Melvin Homer “Mike” Garrison, 88, of Mauriceville, died Friday, Jan. 23, at Oakwood Manor Nursing Home in Vidor.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. Ed Rawls, pastor of Silver Oaks Baptist Church in Mauriceville. Entombment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City.

Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Born in Orangefield Oct. 22, 1926, Mike was the son of Hugh and Agnes (Richard) Garrison. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps and the U.S. Air Force and served in the Occupation of Japan during WWII. He worked for DuPont Sabine River Works and retired after 39 years of service.

Mike attended Silver Oaks Baptist Church. He was a very talented woodworker; enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on cars, telling stories and he loved to eat. Most of all, he loved his family dearly.

Those who met Mike at the pearly gates Friday morning were his beloved wife, Dorothy; son, Ronnie and his old friend, Bill Hardesty – Bill, I’m returning the dollar.

Mike is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Betty Garrison of Orange; son, Gary Garrison of Westport, Ct; daughter-in-law, Susan Garrison of Orange; grandchildren, Shon Garrison, Andrea Pietz, Ashley Garrison, Ben Harrison, Josh Garrison, Darren Harrison, Lindsey Ferree; great grandchildren, Jenna, Shaeleigh, Braydon, Trevor, Gavin, Bailey, Kennedy, Payton, Kate, Alana, Johnny, Lia and Ethan.

He is also survived by his brother, Butch Garrison of Hemphill; sister, Susie Phillips of Sulphur; nephew, Buster Snelson of Mauriceville and sister-in-law, Christie Breaux of Orange.

Serving as pallbearers will be Shon Garrison, Ben Harrison, Josh Garrison, Jared Ferree, Shane Pietz and Johnny Breaux. Honorary pallbearers will be Buster Snelson, John Hendricks and Bennie Cotton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Silver Oaks Baptist Church, 16460 FM 1442, Orange, Texas 77632, or to the Wounded War Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.