Garrett Cole Luce

January 25, 1993November 4, 2012
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Garrett Cole Luce, a 19-year-old sophomore at Texas A&M University, departed this world in a tragic accident on Sunday, the 4th of November 2012, in College Station. He was born on the 25th of January 1993, in Houston, Texas, as the only child and son to his loving parents, Joe E. Luce and Janell King Luce.

Garrett grew up in Houston and attended Second Baptist School from Pre-K through 12th grade, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2011. His early childhood years outside of school were spent on the fields of SBMSA, scouting, piano lessons, children’s choir at Second Baptist Church and dressing up as a cowboy. His passion for baseball started at an early age and he loved playing for the Katy Freeway All-Stars. His summers were highlighted by his terms at Kanakuk Kamps where he was proudly a part of the Choctaw tribe.

As he transitioned into Middle School, sports and music continued to be dueling passions at SBS. These years were highlighted by winning the Private School City Championship in basketball, having the lead role as “Troy” in “High School Musical” and traveling with the Houston Slam to Cooperstown, New York where he hit his first of many home runs in baseball.

His high school years at SBS always revolved around his teammates on the Varsity baseball team, where he played catcher and served as Team Captain his senior year. He was honored to participate in Texas Boys State and to sing in All State Choir as a Tenor. He was an AP scholar, Academic All State Honoree along with many other accolades in baseball. He was named one of the 2011 Outstanding Seniors at SBS. His summers were spent as a lifeguard in Briargrove and playing baseball with the Columbia Angels and the Houston Heat.

Garrett started his college career at the College of Charleston in South Carolina where he was recruited to play baseball, and ended up making life long friends and a love of everything southern. After transferring to Texas A&M in August with the opportunity to study in the Business Honors Program at the Mays School of Business, Garrett also found a home with the southern gentlemen of the Kappa Alpha Order at A&M. He spent this last treasured summer as a baseball coach and counselor at Kanakuk K2 Kamp in Lampe, Missouri, and had the honor of sharing his testimony of faith and redemption with the young men in his care.

He is survived by his parents, Joe E. and Janell King Luce; grandparents, Dr. & Mrs. C. Reginal and Marian King, and Anna V. Luce. In addition to so many aunts, uncles and cousins who will miss him, he also leaves behind Irlanda Reyes, his lifelong nanny and Comadre. His love of his dogs, Cooper and Lizzie, were trademarks.

In his short 19 years, Garrett leaves behind a legacy of kindness, gentleness, an ever present contagious smile, and a love for Christ that shown through in all he was and did. He lived, loved, and cared passionately. His life long verse has always been Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Friends are cordially invited to gather with the family and share remembrances during a reception from five o’clock in the afternoon until eight o’clock in the evening on Friday, the 9th of November, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.

A celebration of Garrett’s life is to be conducted at eleven o’clock in the morning on Saturday, the 10th of November, in the Worship Center of Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway Drive in Houston, where Pastor Dave Riggle and Pastor David Dixon, are to officiate.

Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the nearby Deacon’s Parlor.

Prior to the services, the family will have gathered for a private interment at Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family kindly requests that contributions be made to fund a scholarship program in Garrett’s honor, benefiting students attending Second Baptist School and Kanakuk Kamps. Such contributions may be directed to Second Baptist Church, in Memory of Garrett Cole Luce, 6400 Woodway Dr., Houston, TX, 77057.


  • Visitation Friday, November 9, 2012
  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 10, 2012

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Helen Schilling-Wallace

May 7, 2013

Still praying every morning for each of you~ Cling to the cross for Jesus is the only thing we have & the only thing we need~

Meg Gerlach Brenton

January 10, 2013

Janell and Joe - Flint and I just learned of your loss. There is no way to adequately express our condolences. We pray that you find comfort in God's continuing grace, and in your memories of Garrett.
In Christ,
Meg and Flint Brenton - and Christopher, Caitlin and Ian-Michael

Chris O

December 17, 2012

I didn't know him but that is a terrible way to go. Rest in peace Garrett. And I hope your family can find some sort of consolation in the happy memories you shared together.

Helen Schilling-Wallace

December 4, 2012

My Aggie Corpsman son advised me of the Silver Taps tonight. ~ I have no words, but I do have prayers. Please know I shall include the family of Garrett Cole Luce each morning in my prayers to the heavenly Father. The scripture I leave you with is this~ "Jesus Wept." John 11:35~ "Your cause of sorrow must not be measured by his worth, for then it hath no end." ~Shakespeare

November 27, 2012

I am so sorry for your enormous loss. I never met Garrett , but since I heard of his loss I have prayed frequently for your comfort. I viewed the you tube entries and you obviously had a beautiful, charming boy. Although it is difficult to get your heart and mind around your loss, I hope you can park at the hope of spending eternity with the Lord and your beloved son. You will dance and sing again with him. What joy you will know at that time. Love to you In Christ.

Mary Gatn

November 26, 2012

My kindest thoughts and prayers are with you.
Much love,
Mary Martin Gant

November 18, 2012

I met you this summer at a Aggie Mom's meeting. I am praying for you and your family during this almost impossible time. Somehow/someway I don't think Garrett's work is finished on this earth. God still has plans for him and I think his life and memory will inspire others on this earth. I will pray for you daily.
A Friend.

Lesley Schaffer

November 17, 2012

Joe & Janell - I'm so moved by everything I've read about your precious son, Garrett. You two have so much to be proud of. He touched an amazing number of people. The outflowing of love shows me that God's grace is holding you up and gathering Garrett into His arms.

Sallynda Montz

November 16, 2012

Dear Joe and Janell,

So sorry and sad to hear about your precious son. Although we don't know each other, I am sure our paths have crossed many times as we attend Second and my daughter McCall (a few years younger) knew Garrett as she attended 2nd from pre-k through 8th grade. You have both been in our thoughts and prayers since hearing of your loss. May God comfort you now and always.

Karen Gordon

November 15, 2012

My heart aches for you and with you...Karen Gordon mother of Alex November 1,1984- May 18, 2007. Take one moment at a time... Gentle hugs