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Berry Highland Memorial

5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN

OBITUARY

Seaton Garrett

June 2, 1929January 7, 2020
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Albert Seaton Garrett, Jr. was born 6/2/1929. He died and went home to be with the Lord 1/7/2020. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Seaton and Inez Garrett and his brother Carey Garrett. Survived by his wife, of 57 years, Lillian, daughter, Annette Garrett, sons, Kevin and Seaton (Kristin) Garrett and grandsons, John and Matthew Garrett. His sister Pat (Bill “T”) Hamstead. Nieces and nephews; Scott Hamstead, Teresa Copeland, Steven and Tim Garrett and their families. As well as dear friends, Betty and Jack Barnhart. Seaton was a member of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church since the age of 12 and an elder for many years. He was a Korean War Navy Veteran serving in the Hospital Corp. He attended medical school at UT graduating in 1959, then completed his residency in internal medicine. During medical school, he won The Roche Award for Scholastic and Leadership Achievement in Medical Studies. He began working at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1964 and became Medical Director of ORNL in 1978. He retired in 1994. After retiring, he worked part time for many years for REACTS in Oak Ridge. Seaton always looked forward to meeting his good friends Bob and Carl every week at Sam’s for a hot dog, and meeting his brother-in-law “T” for lunch each week. Above all else, Seaton loved his family. His love, dedication, generosity, caring nature and his presence here with us will be missed more than words can say. How thankful we are that he was ours to know and love. Family and friends will gather Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church from 3:30pm to 5pm with a funeral service immediately following. Family and friends will meet Monday, January 13, 2020 at Berry Highland Memorial, 5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee, 37919 at 10:45am for an 11am interment service with Rev. Clay Harrington officiating. Friends may leave their thoughts and memories at www.berryhighlandmemorial.com.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, January 12, 2020
  • Funeral Service Sunday, January 12, 2020
  • Interment Service Monday, January 13, 2020

Memories

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Jerrie (Sands) Mitchell

January 12, 2020

I feel blessed to have had Dr. Garrett as my boss at ORNL Health Division for many years. He treated his employees with respect and had a great sense of humor. He had trouble staying within the allotted time for a physical exam, because he would get caught up in"chewing the fat" (as he put it) with the patients, getting to know them, and sharing stories, which I feel was his favorite part of being a physician. He truly cared for his patients as human beings.

Carol Iddins

January 10, 2020

All of us at REAC/TS have a saddened heart to hear of Seaton's passing! We loved him dearly and our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

He was a sweet, dear, and dedicated friend and physician!

Carol Iddins

Jim and Linda Williams

January 10, 2020

Dr, Garrett, our beloved neighbor for many years, was the epitome of kindness, wisdom, and genuine Christianity. Our entire family has been blessed by his humility, enduring positive influence on our lives and those of others, as well as his often humorous, “twinkling eyes” attitude. His very positive approach to each day was an inspiration to us all, and he will be greatly missed. We have been blessed to be his neighbor and friend these many years.
Jim & Linda (Thiele) Williams

Newell Finchum

January 9, 2020

Seaton was a good friend and associate when we were in training together at UT Hospital in the early 1960s. He was a brilliant clinician and a great person.
I am glad that he had a good life.
It was certainly an honor to have known him.

Steve Sugarman

January 9, 2020

Seaton was a wonderful man and will be missed by many. I worked with him for many years at REAC/TS. He was a man I not only trusted for professional advice, but personal advice, as well. Always one to ask about not just me, but my wife and children, he always brightened my day. It was an honor to have known him, and I will always treasure our many conversations about work, family, and life.

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