Nelson Edward Garrett

Nelson Edward Garrett, 93, of Cox’s Mill, W.Va., departed this life at 12:13 a.m. March 23, 2013, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, W.Va., following a brief illness.

Born Nov. 5, 1919, in Gilmer County, W.Va., he was a son of the late Richard Earl and Opal Hall Garrett.

Nelson was a graduate of Troy High School and attended two years at Mountain State Business College at Parkersburg, W.Va. He was a longtime farmer and cattleman, member of Gilmer County Farm Bureau, he was actively involved with the youth at the farm shows, enjoyed discussing cattle with them, and encouraging young farmers through the FFA. Nelson was a Gilmer County Commissioner for 18 years, and attended Troy Baptist Church. On Oct. 5, 1946, he was united in marriage to Mary Lou Cooper Garrett, who survives at their Cox’s Mill home.

Surviving are two daughters, Susan Messenger and husband, John, of Glenville, W.Va., and Nancy L. Harold and husband, William, of Alexandria, Va. There are three grandchildren, Angie Volk, Greg Messenger and Amber Wright; and five great-grandchildren, Garrett Volk, Lauren Volk, Tiarra Thornton, Emma Wright and Andrew Wright also surviving.

Nelson was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having been preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Melvin, Elvin and Jack Garrett; and one sister, Glo Woofter.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV 26351, with the Rev. Gene Johnson and the Rev. Jim Ballinger officiating. Burial will follow in Weston Masonic Cemetery, Weston, W.Va. Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary.

Memorial contributions can be made to Gilmer County 4-H, FFA and Farm Bureau.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Nelson E. Garrett with arrangements.