Stephen Elwood Garrett

Born in Alexander City, Alabama on December 1, 1949

Departed on February 5, 2021 and resided in Hendersonville, Tennessee

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Stephen (Steve) Elwood Garrett, 71, of Hendersonville, Tennessee, passed away on February 5, 2021.

Steve was born December 1, 1949 in Alexander City, Alabama to Elwood Garrett and Dorothy Dean Garrett. He grew up in Montgomery, Alabama and while attending Sidney Lanier High School, he was a drummer for The British Walkers, in addition to wrestling, playing football and basketball. He would continue his education at Auburn University, graduating from their school of pharmacy.

After graduation, he worked as a pharmacist in Mobile, Alabama, where in 1979 he met the love of his life, Jane, and they married in 1980. While living in Mobile they had their sons, Stephen and David, and a few years after moving to Hendersonville, Tennessee they welcomed a third son, Patrick.

Steve enjoyed many things, including Auburn Tigers football (War Eagle!). Other interests included watching his children play sports, movies with his wife and attending sporting events with his family. His church family at St. Joseph’s was also important to him, which involved regular dinner outings with a special group of friends. Always more important than the event itself, was the company, and nothing brought him more happiness than being surrounded by his family.

Steve is survived by his wife, Jane Pfitzer Garrett; their three sons, Stephen Elwood Garrett, Jr. (Emily), David William Garrett (Julie), and Patrick Alexander Garrett; granddaughter, Eleanor (Ellie) Paige Garrett; brother William James Garrett; brothers-in-law Charlie Pfitzer and Steve (Stephanie) Pfitzer; nieces Kathleen (Scotty) Wild, Rebekah Pfitzer and Sarah Anne Pfitzer.

The family will receive friends on the morning of Tuesday, February 23, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. — 11:00 am. A private family service will be held at St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church, 103 Country Club Drive, Hendersonville, Tennessee. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church at

12 Comments to Stephen Elwood Garrett

  1. Deborah Smith Marsh
    February 9, 2021 5:50 pm

    Steve with my cousin. I was born on November 30, 1950 and he was born the year before on December 1, 1949. We were just a little over one year apart ,and we always played together when we all went to Mama Dean’s and Daddy Dean’s house.We would play cowboys and Indians. There were 12 grandchildren .Steve and Bill were always the Cowboys ,and the rest of us girls 10 of us were Indians. It is one of my most fun memories. Then Daddy Dean would give each of us a quarter,and we could all go to the movies and get candy ,coke,and popcorn.Happy days for sure!!
    We will in PCB now,,and Duncan is retired.

  2. Roxanne schoenberger
    February 10, 2021 9:07 am

    As steve would say, I did. two tours at the sig.we all at signature cleaners have been with him about 13 years and all loved him .he has and will always me missed .till we meet again from all at the sig,and all from the past tour,we will see you you steve

  3. Daphne Guy
    February 10, 2021 12:55 pm

    Hello, I’m one of Steve’s cousins. I’m Daphne Guy. Steve was the first love of my life in the 3rd grade. I told my mother I was going to marry him. She told me I couldn’t, because he was my cousin. I didn’t really understand but I was so disappointed. I’m so glad to have been as close as we all were when we were children growing up.

  4. Amanda Rinn
    February 10, 2021 6:26 pm

    I worked with Steve at Signature Cleaners for about a year. He was so funny and always had a good joke to tell. He was very loving and kind to all of us at Signature. You will be greatly missed Steveo!

  5. Terry and Joanne Kemp
    February 11, 2021 7:43 am

    Steve and I could sit and talk about Alabama and Auburn football for hours at St. Joe’s, so sorry to hear about his passing, our thoughts are with you.

  6. Fay Russell
    February 11, 2021 2:58 pm

    My prayers are with Steve’s family. I worked for about a year with Steve at Signature cleaners. He was the nicest person and always helped me when I first started there. Always had a smile on his face. He will definitely be missed by many!! RIP Steve!

  7. Heather
    February 11, 2021 5:38 pm

    My prayers go to Steve’s loved ones. I worked with him for a while and he was a wonderful person. May you all find comfort in God and cherish the many laughs I know Steve was responsible for over the years! I’m so sad to hear of his passing.

  8. Buster Asmus
    February 17, 2021 1:30 pm

    To Steve’s family, I am so sorry for your loss. My name is Buster Asmus, and I live in Mobile.

    I first met Steve on the first day of 5th grade at Bellingrath Elementary in Montgy AL, when he and I were both new students. The teacher asked all the students to stand up and tell their name “and what they would like to be called,” and it was only years later, when we were in high school, that I found out Steve had in fact been named “Elwood” at birth, with no middle name, and always wanted to be called “Steve.” I guess it was a snap decision. I have always admired that.

    We became close in high school when we had a rock and roll band called the British Walkers with Steve on drums, brother Bill on bass, Steve Simpson on lead guitar, me on rhythm guitar and vocals, and Mickey Bateman on vocals. For a while we even had an organist, but I can’t remember his name. The main thing I remember about that experience is that we were better musicians than we were given credit for, mostly because Steve was a great drummer, and Steve Simpson was a terrific guitar player. For that matter, everyone was pretty good, but we just drifted apart as we left high school and went to college and on to having families of our own.

    As an adult, I bumped into Steve while ushering one Sunday at St. Paul’s Church here in Mobile many years ago. Sadly, on reflection today, I was so wrapped up in my career and my own family, I didn’t try to follow up with Steve until several years later, when it was too late, as I figured out he had moved, but I couldn’t find out where.

    In the meantime, I saw on a high school website that both Steve and Bill had supposedly passed away. Not so as to Steve, it turns out. About two years ago, at a high school reunion, I ran into someone who told me Steve was the owner of a laundry business in Hendersonville TN. I tried to find him again at that time, but I was not successful.

    Finally, I had a call from the same acquaintance last week telling about Steve’s passing. So once again I am too late. He was a terrific guy, and I am so sorry for your loss.

    I will miss him, too, and I still wish I could find out what has happened to Steve Simpson and Bill Garrett.

    • David Garrett
      February 19, 2021 2:09 pm

      Thank you for that detailed memory of my father. It was nice hearing about some of his past with the band and things I was never aware of. Take Care-David

      • Candy Kyle
        February 20, 2021 3:14 pm

        David, this is Candy Kyle. My husband, Campbell, and I were in your mom and dad’s beautiful wedding. They were the most loving couple ever. I talked with your mom today and told her I thought I knew she would be the love of Steve’s life before she did. She made that big smile even bigger and the twinkle in his eyes brighter!! Your dad and Campbell were friends in high school, fraternity brothers and we were neighbors in mobile. Hopefully, we can meet you and your brothers one day. Please take care of your sweet mother. May The Peace of The Lord be with Steve and all that loved him.

    • Johnny and Bren Wright
      February 21, 2021 4:37 pm

      I am Johnny Wright I went to high school with both Steve Bill and Buster in Montgomery Alabama at Lanier . I always stop to see Steve at the Signatue Cleaners and we talk Alabama And Auburn Football. He was a great guy so sorry for his passing. Buster and his wife Barbara were very good friends of Steve and we all attended Lanier in Montgonery. Steve has been in the Nashville area about as long that have been here.❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏For his family. Johnny and BrenWright

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