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James "Rick" Richard Garrett

August 24, 1958 ~ January 6, 2021 (age 62)


Rick Garrett passed away on January 6th, 2021. He was born in Dallas, Texas, on August 24, 1958, the second born and first son of James and Bettie Jane Garrett. He was preceded in death by his father James Ray Garrett, and sister Reneé Garrett. He is survived by his mother, Bettie Jane Garrett; his wife of 40 years, Lori Morgan Garrett; children Morgan Lauré Garrett and fiance Evin Wood; Lindzi Garrett Novak, son-in-law Nicholas Novak, grandchildren Rhidin Novak and Rhiot Novak; Daughter LorAnn Garrett-Newman and son-in-law JD Newman; son Brannon James Garrett; his sister Raylene Garrett McKinnon and brother-in-law Robert McKinnon;

Rick Garrett raised his family in the church as an example of how to live a life of faith and to put God first above all.

He was a hard worker, as long as he was providing and taking care of his family, he was happy. For the last 16 years, he worked for AT&T in Richardson and made many fond memories and friends throughout his time there.

His love for his family was undeniable. He was married to his wife, Lori Morgan Garrett, for a little over forty years. He loved her, worked hard for her, took care of her, and never gave up on their love. His kind heart came out when caring for his three daughters, Morgan, Lindzi, and LorAnn. He showered them with admiration, pushed them to be anything they wanted to be, and believed in each one and their walks of life. His bond with his son, Brannon, was immeasurable. Their relationship went beyond the bounds of father and son.

His favorite pastime was being surrounded by his family. He took every moment he could to teach his grandchildren, Rhidin and Rhiot, how to fish. He loved taking care of his mother, Bettie Jane, and longed for his sister, Raylene, to be in town to take the responsibility so he could go back to being the one who made everyone laugh. He even loved being around his in laws, and was apart of the Morgan family for forty plus years.

Most of us know Rick as a goofy, silly, guy who was often the one cracking jokes in the breakroom, making up his own knock-knock jokes, and always believed the Cowboys were going to be “Superbowl bound BABY,” even with a 6-10 record. He saw the best part of every bad situation. So, while we will grieve the loss of an amazing husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend, Rick would want us to keep our head up and reminisce a joke about him today.

Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 16th, at 11 am at Life Fellowship in Athens, Texas. The address is 8881 Co Rd 3918, Athens, Texas 75752. Masks and social distancing will be required. If there stories you would like to share about Rick, please send in an email to

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Graveside Service
January 8, 2021

3:30 PM
Miller Grove Cemetery
7819 FM 275
Cumby, TX 75433

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