Stephen Gene Garrison

April 17, 1944November 13, 2020
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Mr. Stephen G. Garrison, age 76, of Gadsden, Alabama passed away on Saturday, November 13, 2020 after a long illness. Steve was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi, son of the late Howard and Helen Garrison. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Cindy (née Thelen), son Scott Garrison, daughter Laura Garrison-Brook (Dan Brook) and his grandsons Alex Boulet (Kate) and Cooper Garrison-Brook, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and sisters and brothers in law. Steve grew up in Johnson City, a small town in upstate NY. After high school and time in the NY National Guard, he attended Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY and graduated with a degree in economics in May 1967. He then started his career in the computer technology field, primarily working for Burroughs Corporation and Wang Labs before moving to Alabama in 1989. He attended Jacksonville State University receiving a Masters Degree in Psychology in 1992. While living in Alexandria, AL he started his own computer sales and repair business until his retirement in 2005. After retiring from the computer business and settling in Gadsden with his wife Cindy, he continued to remain active with tech related projects. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was proud to be a strong bicycle rider until shortly before his illness. He was one of the founders of the Etowah Roadies bicycle Facebook group which has increased bicycle riding in the area. His volunteer service including being a Big Brother, hosting three exchange students from around the world, serving on the executive board of the Alabama Chapter of the Sierra Club, acting as a role model in AA, and as a member of the Coosa Riverkeeper organization. He loved his friends and his family, immediate and extended, including his many northern in-laws and southern cousins since his mother Helen Garrison (née Cannon) was from Anniston AL originally before relocating to NY. He was especially proud of his father Howard who retired as a Major General after serving in the army for 40+ years, including active service in WWII. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (a 501(c)3 non-profit organization) would be appreciated. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday morning, November 17, 2020 at 11am at Collier-Butler Chapel, with visitation hours from 10am-11am.


  • Cindy Thelen Garrison, Wife of 31 years
  • Scott Garrison, Son
  • Laura Garrison -Brook (Dan), Daughter
  • Alex Garrison (Kate), Grandson
  • Cooper Garrison-Brook, Grandson
  • as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, and sistersand brothers in law.

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  • Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (a501(C)3 non-profit organization)


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020


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Steve Routson

November 18, 2020

Cindy, there are never the right words to offer at such times, but I wanted to share one thought I have often had of you and Steve. Knowing how Steve loved to ride his motorcycle with you, every time I see a see a couple riding, and the passenger with her arms confidently wrapped tightly around the biker, it brings a smile to my face and thinking to myself, “there goes Steve and Cindy“. I know Steve will always ride with you, wherever you go, but it will be his arms wrapped tightly around you with his “forever love and protection “.

Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers!

Ellen Caldaro

November 17, 2020

I wanted to send my heartfelt condolences to the entire family. I have been a lifelong friend of Laura's and spent time with both Steve and Cindy. I wanted to share a memory of a family get together on Forth of July weekend in 2008. Steve and Cindy opened their home to us and Laura's family. We spent the weekend hanging out at the dock and my kids have fond memories of tubing and kyacking on the water. The kids even swam in their Koi pond.

Lia Ehnberg

November 15, 2020

Rest in peace, dear Steve. Thank you for beautiful memories, I will never forget my american family memories from Alabama and Costa Rica. It will stay in my heart forever. You and your loved ones are in my thoughts and prayers.

Pat McNew

November 15, 2020

You fought the good fight. I wish your family peace as they deal with your passing.

Cathy Gowdy

November 15, 2020

Cindy, I am so sorry about Steve losing his battle with cancer. You and he had such a strong, loving relationship, and enjoyed each other so much. I always loved to see your on-line postings of bike excursions (it looked like you were both having a blast) and the beautiful pictures of the many young people you sponsored in your home. What a wonderful life you had together, and I know your heart is so heavy right now. I'm will be thinking of you and will keep you and Steve in my prayers. Much love -


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