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Horace William Garton known to those who loved him as "Chic" or "Pastor G," age 87, went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 4 at the Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant. He was born in Philadelphia, PA on June 8, 1924.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jean Staker Garton of Benton; two daughters, Dale Garton Hetzel of Alexander and Dru Garton Filiberto of Palm Bay, Florida; one son, Donn Garton of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; his sister, Dorothy Garton Obst of Medford Lake, NJ; six grandchildren: Joshua Hetzel of Benton, Jonathan Hetzel and wife, Carmen, of Benton; Jeremy Hetzel and wife, Susan, of Colorado Springs; Caitlin Hetzel of Colorado Springs; Carissa and Claire Hetzel, both of Alexander; six great-grandchildren: Johanna, Aaron, Elianna, Skylar, Savannah and Riley Hetzel, as well as many other friends and family members who loved him and will miss him greatly.
He is preceded in death by his son, Dean Garton and parents, Horace and Florence Garton (Illenberger).
Chic enjoyed sports and had played them all, his favorite hobby was golf. He was a graduate of Temple University where he received a Bachelors in Science and Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, Ill. with a Masters of Divinity. Chic lived life with joy and enthusiasm working as a Junior High Physical Ed Teacher and Coach in New Jersey, a traveling sales representative in New England, served as a business executive in Texas and a Lutheran Pastor in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Zion Lutheran in
Avilla, Ark. He served his country with pride in WWII as a paratrooper in the Pacific receiving numerous medals including the Bronze Star, it was there that he received his nickname, â€śChicâ€ť because he was the youngest â€śjumperâ€ť in his unit. Arrangements are under the direction of Peaceful Haven Funeral Home in Benton. A celebration of victory in Jesus for the life of Horace Garton will be held at 6:30 p.m.Sat., April 14, 2012 at Friends in Christ Lutheran Church, 4305 Arkansas 5 North, Bryant. Personal comments may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the online guestbook at www.peacefulhavenfuneralhome.com. Send cards and condolences to Jean Garton 322 N. Market, Benton, AR 72015. Memorials may be made to Mt. Carmel Community. 3505 Boone Road, Benton, AR 72015. For more information call 501-778-7100