Freddie Carroll Garnett of Dripping Springs, entered into eternal rest with his Heavenly Father on Sunday, February 10, 2008, at the age of 76 due to complications of leukemia. He passed peacefully Sunday morning with his children by his side.
Fred was born in Dripping Springs, June 28, 1931. He attended school in Dripping Springs, where he graduated in 1948 at the age of 16. He was Salutatorian of his class. After attending Southwest Texas State University, Fred joined the Army in 1949. He served in the Korean War, and lost many close friends in active duty.
He married Betty Yvonne Carter August 22, 1952 and they resided in Austin where their son and daughter were born. Fred worked for Central Moving and Storage for nine years, then a CPA firm for about a year, during which time he attended a four year accounting college.
He moved his family back home to Dripping Springs where he and Betty founded D.S. Butane & Plumbing Company in 1962. He worked long hard hours, and the Company grew, became successful, and provided for his family well. Today, it continues to be a successful propane retailer, providing propane for thousands of clients in Central Texas.
In 1985, he founded D.S. Hardware in a 20,000 sq. ft. facility he constructed in Dripping Springs. After almost twenty years of successfully providing hardware and rental equipment to the community, he sold the business, but continued doing what he always loved best– working, working, working, - on whatever project caught his interest. He loved the stock market and finances; and he was good at it.
He was a man with an extremely strong work ethic, great intelligence, ambition, and keen love and interest for his fellow man. He was kind, gentle, and a cornerstone of his community.
The last several years of his life, he attended and was very involved with Riverbend Church in Austin. An excerpt from his last writing says, “In the latter time frame of my life, I was blessed to start attending Riverbend Church for the last 13 or 14 years. The messages brought to us by Dr. Gerald Mann, Dr. Gordon Smith, and Dr. David Haney have changed my life, and enabled me to have many
new friends who have supported me and prayed for me in my final days. May God bless them all.”
He was preceded in death by his mother, Hattie Quick Garnett Vineyard; father, William Stapleford Garnett, Jr.; sister, Maxine Garnett Peters; and brother, Michael Garnett.
He is survived by daughter, Theresa Silverberg and husband, Rick of Chandler, Arizona; son, Terry Garnett and wife, Michelle of Dripping Springs; his wife of 37 years and mother of his children, Betty Garnett; grandchildren, Jeffrey and wife, Soni, Jacob, Kaitlin, Sarah, Madison, and Allison; and one great-granddaughter, Sophia. Fred is also survived by his brothers, Billy Garnett and wife, Alma and Travis Garnett and wife, Lois; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, February 16, 2008 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Sunday, February 17, 2008 at Dripping Springs United Methodist Church, 28900 Ranch Road 12 in Dripping Springs. Mr. Garnett will be interred at Phillips Cemetery in Dripping Springs next to his mother and father.
This was our Dad and we loved him and will miss him so much. We would like to thank Dr. Putin Chadha for his love and care of dad for the last year and a half of his life.