Paul (Pudge)

December 26, 1944 ~ March 16, 2020

Born in: Princeton, IN
Resided in: Owensville, IN

Paul Wayne Garrett “Pudge”, 75, of Owensville, IN went to be with the Lord March 16, 2020 surrounded by his family. He was born December 26, 1944 in Princeton, IN to the late Paul “Toodie” Garrett and Myrtle “Nook” (Harper) Garrett. Paul was in the 1962 graduating class at Owensville High School, obtained his Bachelor of Science from Oakland City University, and master’s degree from University of Evansville. He married his high school sweetheart, Phyllis Holder, December 28, 1963. Paul worked 34 years as a teacher for South Gibson School Corporation. He was a past board member of REH Center, Owensville Alumni, and Owensville Park. Paul was a former trustee for his church and past President of Owensville little league. He currently attended First Christian Church of Owensville. Paul was active in all sports, coaching basketball, baseball, and football for High School and summer programs. He enjoyed spending time outdoors fishing or playing a round of golf. Paul loved the fellowship of his golf buddies. You could find him in the mornings enjoying a cup of coffee with friends.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents Paul “Toodie” and Myrtle “Nook” Garrett and in-laws Paul and Charlotte Holder, whom he loved as though they were his own.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years Phyllis Garrett; children Aaron (Tricia) Garrett, Amy (Eric) Fisher, and Alan (Kiely) Garrett; sister Janice Poston; in-laws that loved him like a brother Jeff (Sharon) Lutz and Jim (Bonnie) Higginbotham; grandchildren Wade Fisher, Haley Fisher, Sam Garrett, Will Garrett, Vera Garrett, and Eli Garrett; and several special nieces and nephews.

Holders Funeral Home is honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Garrett. Graveside will be 2pm March 20, 2020 at Owensville Cemetery with Bart Newton officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the REH Center.


Graveside Service: March 20, 2020 2:00 pm

Owensville Cemetery
Owensville, IN, 47665
Owensville, IN 47665

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  1. Dear Phyllis and family, I am so sorry to read of Pudge’s passing. You are in my prayers and thoughts. So many good memories from long ago. Love to you all!!

    Donna Jo

  2. He was a kind warm man and he will be greatly missed by all that ever knew him. Thoughts and prayers go out to Phyllis and the whole family.

  3. I always remember him telling us…”o is a letter, not a number. Zero is a number.”. I use that in my classroom still today. He wi be missed!

  4. Much love and sympathy to Phyllis and all of the family in your loss of Paul. You are in our thoughts and in our hearts.

  5. Dear Phyllis, Aaron, Amy and Alan,
    So sorry for your loss. I have so many good memories with you and Pudge.
    The travels we took together were great.
    Always remember Pudge’s special smile.
    Such a good person.
    Love, Carol

  6. Phyllis, I am so saddened to hear of the loss of Pudge. I enjoyed working for the 2 of you at the dime store and admired the relationship you shared. Prayers and tjj hi lights are with your family. Tricia Ellis Harms

  7. Phil: So sorry to hear about Pudge’s passing. So many good times years past watching the kids grow up. We will be thinking of you and your family – sorry we cannot be there to offer comfort and condolences to everyone
    Love to all. Pat and Wayne

  8. So sorry to hear about Pudge, Phyllis and family. You all will be in our prayers for comfort and peace. Tammy Cox, Sharon and Harold Coleman.

  9. Amy (and Family)- So sorry to hear the news of your father’s passing. May you keep fond memories close to your heart forever! Thinking of you during this difficult time.

  10. I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Pudge. My prayers and comforting thoughts go out to Phyllis and the family at this very difficult time!

  11. My heart goes out to the family in this time of sadness. May God walk with you to be your strength when you feel weak and guide through the days to come with presence an ever blessing gift.

  12. Aaron, Tricia, Sam, and Will, we love you more than words could describe and are praying for you through this grief in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead. How grateful we are for Pudge’s legacy and gifts to this world – which includes you. We thank God for Pudge’s abiding faith and the ways we can experience that faithfulness through you. We’re praying for love to surround you and Phyllis and Amy and Alan’s families in the days ahead. Love, hugs, tears, and prayers,
    Brian, Cherie, Anna, and Zoe

    • What a legacy in leadership, educating, coaching, and family that Mr. Garrett instilled. An honor to know and get to see that in Aaron’s family.

      Praying for you all.

  13. I am so sorry for your loss. We are praying for your peace and comfort especially with the craziness of this world.

  14. Sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Mr. Garrett as both a teacher and community leader. My prayers are with you all.

  15. “Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15
    My heart is breaking for you. You all have my love and prayers. Take time to celebrate his life and allow yourselves to grieve and process his passing.
    I will continue to pray for God to give you peace and comfort.

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