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McMurry University board trustee emeritus Mr. Shirley Garrison passed away at his home in Lubbock, Texas, on Friday, Dec. 13, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Garrison’s daughter, Sharon Walker who currently resides in Austin, graduated from McMurry in 1971 with a degree in elementary education. Her McMurry experience coupled with Mr. Garrison’s deep commitment to the United Methodist Church led him to serve on the McMurry Board of Trustees from 1979 to 1995, at which time he was voted a Trustee Emeritus.

Mr. Garrison has been passionate in his support of student scholarships giving annual flow through scholarships as well as establishing the Shirley L. and Mildred Garrison Endowed Scholarship in 2006. The gift for which he may be best remembered, though, was a $1,000,000 contribution to McMurry in 2002. To recognize this gift the campus center was named the Shirley L. and Mildred Garrison United Methodist Campus Center.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at Resthaven Funeral Home from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at the Lakeridge United Methodist Church. Private burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.