Sidney Malcom Garrison Sr.
1934 - 2020
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Sidney Malcolm Garrison, Sr. was born on April 23, 1934 in Watson, Louisiana and passed to his eternal life on March 24, 2020 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He grew up in Watson and attended Live Oak High School on the basketball and baseball teams. Sid attended Louisiana State University where he was just a few hours shy of graduation and served in the Air Force ROTC there. He met his wife, Dot, while attending Amite Baptist church at about twelve years of age. Dot recalled that she "first laid eyes on him" when he crawled through a window into their Sunday evening Bible study. Sid was a tireless servant of his beloved community, family, and friends. "Mr. Sid" as he was known to young people, coached baseball, basketball, and tennis. He was instrumental in the founding of the Denham Springs High School Tennis Team having coached the team to numerous state championship and district singles titles. As an athlete, he raced cars, played semi-pro baseball, and participated in the Senior Olympics where he won numerous awards and honors in basketball, volleyball and softball. He served his community as President of the Livingston Parish Fair Association, President of the Denham Springs Parks and Recreation Commission, member of the Ward II Water District board, member of the Denham Springs Parks and Recreation Board, Deacon at Amite Baptist Church, and as an advocate for the American Heart Association and a cure for Alzheimer's Disease. Sid valued people and relationships more than the things of this world. He lived life simply. He had a way with people that made everyone feel as though they were among his closest friends. He "ran into" people he knew everywhere he went and made them feel special. When they needed a touch of his wisdom, friends and family knew they could find him on his front porch swing listening to the breeze at his beloved home "on the hill," Oak Ridge. He was a husband, father, son, grandson, brother, uncle, father-in-law, and grandfather aka Poppy. More than anything else in life he was proud of his family and he seldom failed to tell them so. Sid's reverence for God and his love of country lead him to give to many Christian charities and patriotic causes. He also became a student of local history, American history, and the Bible. His home is filled with note pads of "sermon notes" and bits of wisdom he passed on to those he loved. Sid retired from the Department of Transportation and Development where he worked as an Engineering Specialist. He was also a skilled land surveyor, craftsman and mechanic. Sid is survived by sons Sid Garrison Jr. and wife Christine, of Denham Springs, Chad Garrison and wife Shea of Alexandria, Virginia; daughter, Jana Garrison Orillion and husband, Chad; precious granddaughter, Ava Gray Orillion, of Denham Springs; sister, Beth Foster of Watson, Louisiana; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by wife Dorothy (Dot) Garrison; parents John Sidney Garrison and wife Maybelle; sisters, Iris Wilma Hooks and Marjorie Ann Garrison. Due to COVID – 19 restrictions, a private funeral service will be held at Seale Funeral Home in Denham Springs on Thursday, March 26, 2020. A memorial service will be announced at a later date to include his many friends and family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer Services at 3772 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70806. The Garrison and Orillion families would like to thank the dedicated staffs of Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center and St. Joseph Hospice Carpenter House for their compassionate care. Farewell to a great and kind man; a gentle man of God who served his LORD well. May he rest in eternal peace with his LORD and his beloved wife, Dot. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.

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Published in The Advocate from Mar. 25 to Mar. 26, 2020.
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April 5, 2020
I was shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Sid Garrison.I spoke to him recently and he was telling me about Beth and her health, not his own. Sending thoughts and prayers your way.
April 3, 2020
I am so very sorry to hear of Sid's passing. He was a very kind and caring man. I met him through my husband, John (also, deceased), many years ago. Sid and John worked together and became great friends. I am blessed to have met and known Sid. He will be sincerely missed.
May the Lord comfort the family during this difficult time.
Mary McCarroll
April 3, 2020
Sorry to hear about Mr. Sid's passing. Just talked to him a week before and worked on his dryer for him a couple weeks earlier. once again I am sorry for your loss.
Harry Young
March 31, 2020
I always enjoyed playing volleyball with Mr Sid. He set the gold Stanadard for Sportsmanship. He was always uplifting to be around, always had a kind word to say and always had time to help others. He was truly insparational. Rest in Peace Mr Sid.
Bill Tompley
March 29, 2020
Sid and Christine I'm so sorry for your loss!!! Thinking of you both and the whole entire family!!! Love, Carly
Carly King
Family
March 27, 2020
Mr Sid was a true Christian and a good volleyball player. Got to know him in dat sport along with his son Sid Jr. Rest In Peace sir
Jason Baquet
March 27, 2020
I am so sorry to hear this news. Mr Sid was a wonderful example of love and kindness. My heart is heavy for your loss Jana and Chad and Ava. Im blessed to have been his friend and will miss him. Praying for a peace that passes understanding for each of you. Julie Dyason-Norris
Julie
Friend
March 27, 2020
Chuck and I are so sorry to hear this. MR Sid was a wonderful man and we talked many times about the struggles of dealing with a loved one with Alzheimers. He will surely be missed.
Terri Borde
March 27, 2020
Mr. Sid was an amazing man who touched so many lives. He will be missed. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Catherine Spangler
Friend
March 26, 2020
Jana, I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Sids passing. Sending prayers for your family.
Kim Poché
Friend
March 26, 2020
Mr. Sid was a wonderful friend to my family, loved him dearly, My Dad Sid Salter played basketball with him,and my dad & Mrs. Dot worked together for years at Ethyl.I loved Mrs Dot.❤❤
Vickie Salter
Friend
March 26, 2020
Mr.Sid taught, and coached me in tennis. Such a kind man.
Todd Tate
Friend
March 26, 2020
So sorry to hear about his passing. Sid's grandfather and my grandmother were brother and sister so as cousins we stayed in touch through the years. He was a fine gentle man. Always happy to see you and tell you about his kids.
Clari Welch Cassels
March 26, 2020
I will miss you dearly Mr Sid. I will always have great memories of your stories of you and my father growing up in the community since childhood. Thanks for always allowing me to come take family pictures at your homeplace any time I wanted. Thanks for all the volleyball coaching advice you gave to my daughter and thanks for coming to some of her games. I will think of you always
Ree Ann Devall Noble
March 26, 2020
I will miss our coffee times at James Drug Store. Sid was one of the oldest living members of our family. He will truly be missed.
Jane Garrison
Family
March 26, 2020
Many fond memories of Mr. Sid. He would always ask about our family when I would see him from time to time. Always a kind word and encouragement. He will be missed.
Jay Howard
Friend
March 26, 2020
Sympathy to the family. He was a kind and generous man.
Edward Bailey
March 25, 2020
I worked for Sid at DOTD/Public Works in Denham years ago. He was a great boss and a better friend over the years. Lorna and I send our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to Sid, Jr, Jana, and the family.
James Ott
March 25, 2020
We have lost a kind and gentle man in our community and all of us will miss Sid and his kindness to everyone. I am so sorry to hear this but I know he will have a wonderful place in heaven and very happy to be with Dot again. God bless the children and all the family.
LaVerne & Stanley Spillman
March 25, 2020
Mr. Sid was my next door neighbor growing up in the 80's and 90's. He was always a happy guy. I remember he took me to my first LSU baseball game, I still have the plastic megaphone the popcorn came in. I'll never forget I was playing in the yard when his truck got hit making the u-turn on 16. The truck rolled over a couple times and he seemed to walk away with just a few bumps and bruises. Over the past few years I bumped into him time to time making groceries and he always stopped to talk and ask about the family. He was a great guy and a great neighbor.
Sean Biglane
Neighbor
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