Biography: James David Garrett, affectionately known as “J.D.” was born on November 14, 1927 in Charleston, South Carolina. He was the son of the late Peter and Patsy Garrett. He quietly slipped into God’s bosom on Friday, May 7, 2021.
J.D. received his formal education in the Charleston, South Carolina school system, ultimately obtaining his high school diploma from ICH High School. Thereafter, he attended Vorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina for two years.
Early in life, he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and joined St.Peter’s AME Church in Charleston, S.C. He made the courageous decision to join the United States Army on November 15, 1950. Following two years of service, he was honorably discharged on November 15, 1952.
After leaving the Army, J.D. relocated to Baltimore, Maryland where he became a member of the King Solomon Masonic Lodge. Later, he moved to New York City and became an entrepreneur.
Under the leadership of the late Pastor James R. Neeley, Jr., J.D. joined Church of the Meek Baptist on January 1, 1995. He was ordained as a deacon on March 15, 1997. In addition, for many years he also served as the Sunday School superintendent, member of the Male Chorus, and head of the Men of Meek Ministry. Deacon Garrett’s devotion to God’s people, his wisdom and his warmth led. Pastor Neeley to bestow him with the honorary title, Father of the Church.
J.D. was a loving, giving, and kind man. He is preceded in death by brothers Herndon, and Robert Lee. He leaves to cherish his memory a longtime, special friend Alma Wilson; one adopted daughter LaVert (William) Nesmith; one goddaughter, Shawnté (Daniel) Lorick; grandson, Daniel Lorick; his “number one son,” Omar; special cousin, Janie Wallace; friend, Beatrice Jabbie and a hosts of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.