Richard Clayton Garland

March 6, 1958April 2, 2018
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Waynesville-Richard Clayton Garland "Shorty", 60, passed away on Monday, April 2, 2018. Rick was born in Baltimore, MD on March 6, 1958, to the late Harold and Joan McCracken Garland. Rick enjoyed camping, fishing, and traveling. He and Debbie never visited the same place twice. Rick was a talented musician who never took a lesson. He retired from the Haywood County School System with 31 years of faithful service. Rick always said he loved working for the "kids". Life was always an adventure with Rick.

In addition to his parents, Rick was preceded in death by a sister, Joni Elaine Garland; and a brother, Phillip Harold Garland.

Rick is survived by his wife of 18 years, Debbie Garland; a daughter, Wendy Rogers (Jeremy); a brother, Jack Garland (Andrea); grandchildren, Paige Rogers, Aidan Rogers, and Ian Rogers; and great-grandchildren, Creed Rogers and Cohen Rogers.

A memorial service celebrating Rick's life will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 14, at Well's Event Center in Waynesville.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrews Episcopal Church General Fund at 99 Academy St, Canton, NC 28716.

Garrett Funerals and Cremations is in charge of the arrangements.

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  • Celebration of Life Saturday, April 14, 2018

Richard Clayton Garland

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Georgia & Robert Reeves

April 14, 2018

Debbie, you are in our thoughts and prayers. We've been reflecting on the memories of a friend of so many years. We will always remember all the good time's at work, musical times and camping. What great times we've had with Rick (cuz). To know him was to love him. I'm sure he's in heaven where there's no more pain. We will never forget his great sense of humor. Give yourself time to grieve then reflect on all the good times you two had. I bet he's up there in Heaven pestering Robin like old time's. Remember, he's just a thought away, right there in your heart and will be forever till you meet again in Heaven.
He will forever be such a sweet memory in our hearts.
RIP Rick
If he loved you, he found a nick name for you.
All our Love Cuz & Mom ( our nick names)

Praying for comfort Debbie

Tanna Boone Timbes

April 12, 2018

Debbie and Family.
I'm very sorry for your loss.
Rick sure was a friendly guy with lots of personality. I know you will miss him. Thoughts and Prayers!

Juanita Dixon

April 10, 2018

My deepest sympathy to Debbie and all of the Garland family.

Tom and Corinne Kanikula

April 8, 2018

Jack, Uncle Tom and I are hurting for you with yet another loss in your family. Please know that we will be thinking of you on April 14th.
Aunt Cor

Laura Palmer

April 6, 2018

To Rick and Family
I don't ever remember a time I saw/ran into Shorty that he did not have a smile on his face. He always had great hugs for greetings as well! I got one from him less than 6 months ago at Ingles! Rick, I have no doubt you are having a Large time with loved ones you haven't seen in a while as I am sending this. ..!

May peace be with your family of loved ones here, as we continue to share and spread the great sense of humor known within the Garland family.

I will miss you my friend. lp

Michele Rogers

April 4, 2018

Wendy, Deb, Jack I'm so sorry to hear of Rick's passing. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sheila McClure

April 4, 2018

Deb, Wendy , and Family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Rick is definitely heavens gain! I’m sure he’s singing and dancing and playing all sorts of instruments around the throne of Jesus. I’m praying for each one of you, asking the Lord to comfort and fill that void in your lives. Cherish those memories.
God’s Grace is sufficient and His mercies are new each morning!
Love y’all, Sheila

Joy Lindsey

April 4, 2018

Debbie, so very sad to hear this. It was always so much fun to be with you and Rick. The band in heaven will certainly be excited to add an old friend to the jam session. Prayers of comfort and peace for you and the rest of the family.

Beverly Slone

April 4, 2018

So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending prayers

George Armistead

April 3, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss Debbie and am thinking of you daily through this time. My heart is with you.