Fredrick James (Pap) Garnett was born on December 19, 1935 in Baxley to the late Annie Flowers Garnett and the late Will Simmons
He accepted Christ and joined the St. James A.M.E. Church as a child. Brother Garnett served the church faithfully in various positions throughout his life until his health failed. He served as Trustee, Steward, Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School Teacher, Steward Pro Tem and on the Bus Ministry.
Brother Garnett served his country for four years as a member of the United States Air Force. He was a member of the Masonic Order serving as a loyal member of Sumner Lodge #10.
He retired from Hazlehurst Mills after more than 30 years of devoted service. He was employed with C. M. Brown Funeral Home as an attendant for 63 years. Brother Garnett was also a well-known appliance repairman.
In addition to his parents, Brother Garnett was proceeded in death by a daughter, Christy Garnett, grandson, Jawaun Lewis, five sisters and three brothers.
Fredrick was a loving husband to his wife of 41 years, Annette Gibbs Garnett, a loving and devoted father to Etha Jean (Billy) Carter, Jackie (Perry) Washington, Judy Copeland, Kenneth Bell and Randy (Kisha) Bell, 13 grandchildren, Kengi, Marcus, Kayla, Chris, Bishop, Genis, Kenneth, Jr., Erica Marcellous, Tevin, Ryson and Ryken, 11 great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law, Rose Marie (Gene) Parson, Karen (Billy) Fletcher, Robert (Shirley) Gibbs, Thomas Gibbs, Sue (Michael) Bouie Bessie (Robert) Bryant, Fredrick (Gwen) Gibbs, special friends, Carolyn Reaves. Donnie Reaves (who was like a son), Theodore Wilkerson, Joyce Skipper, and James Garnes III.
A graveside funeral service was held at Baxley Cemetery on December 23, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Cheryl Robinson giving the eulogy.
Active pallbearers were Travis Bell, Marcus Carter, Perry Washington, Mitchell Wilkerson, Reggie Fredrick and Randy Bell.
Honorary pallbearers were Stewards, Stewardesses, and Trustees of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church, members of Sumner Lodge #10 and Dr. Tonya Fordham and Staff.
Musical selections were rendered by Minister Peggy Fletcher and The Barron Sisters.
Professional services were entrusted to C. M. Brown Funeral Home.