Dalta Danielle Garrett

September 19, 1991July 3, 2012

GARRETT, DALTA DANIELLE, the fourth daughter of Bill and Vivian Garrett, went home to be with the Lord Jesus her savior on July 3, 2012. She was named after her parents' spiritual heritage, Dalta Eads Morris and Dan Hackenberg. Garrett, 20, was a student at Auburn University and had just finished her second year studying Industrial engineering. She was a Scholarship USAF ROTC cadet, who had just finished field training, graduating in the top 20 percent of her class as a Superior Performer and was going to be an officer in the USAF. She was a young woman with beauty and brawn. As the reigning push-up queen of the Garrett family, she always carried herself with strength and dignity. It was not unusual for her to stop what she was doing and carry someone else across the finish line-literally and figuratively. Her big brown eyes and smile were unforgettable. She was Salutatorian of Hope Christian School and president of her senior class. During high school, she was a National Beta Club Scholar, President of Teen Eagle, President of Christian Honor Society, Hope Christian School's representative to Girls State and The Lefkovitz 4-H Citizenship Award Recipient. She was a finalist in the Shelby County Junior Miss scholarship program in 2009, coming in the top five in fitness and talent while also winning the essay contest, "Being Your Best Self." Dalta had a great love for the Alabama 4-H program and eventually became the president of the Alabama State 4-H Council during the Centennial Celebration year of Alabama 4-H. She spoke on 4-H's behalf throughout the state. She was the 4-H State winner in Persuasive and Informative Public Speaking, Electric Energy Demonstration, and Wildlife Competition. She was always disciplined and hard working from her days as a child. Many of her early years were spent competing in high level gymnastics. She won 96 gymnastic medals before the age of 15 and was part of the level 6 State Championship Gymnastic Team. While attending Auburn's gymnastic camp, she was awarded the top gymnast award. But the most important thing in Garrett's life was her relationship with Jesus Christ. She showed His love to friends and family with little kindnesses every day. She often counseled with others and wrote notes of support. She was a truth teller who never shied away from telling others of God's good work. She is survived by her parents, Bill and Vivian, and her four sisters, Joan, Ruth, Deborah and Sabrina. Visitation will be on Sunday from 3:00-6:00 at Southern Heritage Funeral Home, and the funeral service will be Monday at 4:00 at First Baptist Church in Pelham. Burial details to follow. Pall bearers are her fellow AF cadets and closest friends. Monetary gifts will go toward burial expense, but any remainder will be donated to Auburn AFROTC in her memory.


  • Visitation Sunday, July 8, 2012
  • Celebration of Dalta's LIfe Monday, July 9, 2012

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JoAnn Flynn

September 9, 2012

The Garrett Family,

I was so saddened to hear about Dalta. My grandson Sean Flynn was a friend of Dalta's in the AFROTC at Auburn. I cannot even imagine the pain your family is going through. Please know that you all are in my daily prayers.

Susan Copeland

July 16, 2012

My heart ached for Ruth when I returned from 4th of July weekend and heard the news of your precious Dalta. I have the pleasure of working with Ruth and I know all too well the pain of the loss of a child. My son, Gerran, was killed by a drunk driver the day before he was to begin his senior year of high school. There really are no words to say that can make a real difference. We are praying for you and your family as you walk through this tragedy. I am happy to know that you all know God and have hope in Him. May God hold each and every one of you in the palm of his hand and provide comfort and peace only He can provide.

Barbara Wallace-Edwards

July 16, 2012

To the entire Garret Family, I entend my deepest sympathies, sincere thoughts and prayers to you during your time of grief. I never had an opportunity to meet Dalta, but as a member of our Auburn Family, we weep with you. GOD thoughts and plans, are not ours. HE knows what lies ahead, and will give you Grace, Mercy, and Strength to endure the painful times. Please continue to focus on the great memories you've shared, and please know that so many of our Auburn Alumni are praying for you and with you.

GOD Bless, and WAR EAGLE!

Barbara Wallace Edwards
Board of Directors Member
Auburn Alumni Association

Mike Booker

July 16, 2012

Garrett family,
We were so inspired by the memorial service for Dalta. We didn't know her well at all, but feel like we do now. We were inspired by her life--her ability to see the person of Christ in people and to encourage them on their way. I hope and pray that the way she lived will have inspired us all to live such lives--especially our children. What an example she was! We all felt extremely edified by the service. I can't think of a time I have been more affected by the memorial of anyone. We continue to think of you and pray for you.

Katie Gauthier

July 10, 2012

Dalta and I had several classes together last semester. I didn't know her that well, but without fail, every time she sat next to me or saw me in the morning she would always smile and say good morning. I will miss seeing her, and I am praying for you, her family.

July 9, 2012

Praying for you. So sorry to hear about your daughter. I lift you up in prayer. God is with you

Ken Kelly

July 9, 2012

My wife and I visiting Auburn from Texas came upon this tragic accident shortly after it happened. My wife and I knew it looked bad. We are grief stricken to know that the young person so tragically taken from this life is your daughter who was attending Auburn, a place that attracts family and is called "the loveliest village on the plains" for a reason. The picture of your daughter emphasizes my point. Our prayers and sympathy are with you. May God show his grace and comfort to your family always.

Ken & Keran Kelly (Fort Worth, TX)

Phylesia Hill

July 9, 2012

The Garrett Family,

I was blessed to be in the presence of Dalta Garrett at Girls State in 2009 and as a fellow student at Auburn University in the College of Engineering. Everytime I would see her she would always have a smile on her face; it never failed. She really brought joy to everyone's heart with her kindness and love. She will be greatly missed and Dalta is a true angel. My prayers are with you.

Dana Morris

July 9, 2012

May God comfort you all and give you peace durning these difficult days and weeks to come! She sounded like a young woman who Knew Our Heavenly Father, and that's great! I will be praying for your family daily. She is rejoicing with Her Heavenly Father!

July 9, 2012

Vivian and family, we are so sadden to hear of your lost but are praising God for heaven's gain. As our little granddaughter said when your dad passed away"he is in heaven with Pop(Cecil Lane) helping count cows, I know she is beside them maybe not counting cows but sitting in the light of their Savior and singing praises. God bless your family. Brenda and Tommy Lane