Kermit Garriss

Braxton Garriss

Wednesday, April 22nd, 1942 - Thursday, June 20th, 2019
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Kermit Braxton Garriss, 77, of Fayetteville, died on June 20, 2019 after a 14-year battle with Alzheimer’s.
Braxton attended The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and went on to serve as LT JG in the Navy onboard the USS Arcturus during Vietnam. He attended Richmond Union Theological Seminary graduating with a Masters of Divinity. He also earned an RN degree from U of A.
Braxton was a Presbyterian pastor serving churches in Arkansas, West Virginia, and Virginia. He worked as campus minister at the U of A United Campus Ministry for several years and as a Home Health nurse.
Service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 11:00 am July 16. Interment of ashes at 10:00 am July 17 at the Fayetteville National Cemetery.
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  • Service

    Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Pauls Episcopal Church
    224 N East Avenue
    Fayetteville, Arkansas 72702
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  • Interment

    Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 10:00am
    Fayetteville National Cemetery
    700 Government St,
    Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
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David Ellis

Posted at 11:54pm
Braxton was Stated Supply pastor at Cane Hill Presbyterian Church in the very early 1990's, and we all enjoyed his insight into the scriptures, and unique way to explaining difficult topics. He was the pastor who ordained me as an Elder. He left Cane Hill about 1992/3 to pursue his nursing career, and we had minimal contact after that.

Besides religion and nursing, he was an aficionado of vintage Volkswagens and English sports cars. Our last meeting was by chance at a Fort Smith VW show about 1999.

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Lee Lacy

Posted at 12:48pm
Braxton was my campus minister at the University of Arkansas from 1982 to 1986. He was a great friend and provided a great service to many college students. It is only with the benefit of hindsight I truly appreciate what he did for me. I regret not maintaining contact with him over the years.

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Lee Lacy Posted at 12:52pm

How could I forget Braxton "pinned" met at the Army ROTC commissioning ceremony when I became an Army 2nd Lieutenant.

John B. Langdon

Posted at 03:36pm
Braxton was an inspiration to my own sense of call from God to care for the whole person, and thus pursue a dual career in ministry as well as nursing. I left fulltime ministry for two years in order to complete a BSN at the University of Virginia, followed by obtaining my RN license, and later an MSN degree at Shenandoah University. I worked 13 years FT as a psychiatric, long-term care and hospice nurse, while continuing PT supply ministry, Although I lost track of Braxton after he left Shenandoah Presbytery, I often reflected on and wondered how he handled the demands of his dual careers that were often complimentary. I felt like we could have had a great conversation comparing notes and seeing the Lord at work in both fields. I am glad for him that his years of Alzheimer's are over and now knows the grace and love of God without end. May God's peace and comfort be with all his family and friends. Brad Langdon

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