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Celebrating the life of
Henry Fitch Garlington
Passed away on February 23, 2019
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Graveside Service
  • 3:00 p.m. - Saturday, February 02, 2019
  • Bonaventure Cemetery
  • 330 Bonaventure Road (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31404

  • 912-651-6843

Kay, Nina Our condolences on your loss. Jeanne and Henry were great people. Of course since Jeanne taught me at SCD I have great memories of her. Sincerely Henry S Morgan

Henry Morgan, Savannah, Ga

Dear Nina and Kay, Since your Dad was in the room next to my Mother, I had several opportunities to speak with him in the last six months. While he was sad to see his body decline, he was a true soldier approaching the end with strong resolve. Henry and Jeanne. as well as our parents. were an inspiration with their work ethic and desire to make the world a better place. We will miss the last of the Great Generation. Sincerely Pearce

Pearce Reeve, Savannah, GA

Your father seemed to be at most events I attended on my visits back to Savannah from Atlanta. He was always a welcome person to see. He will be missed by so many. Know he is in a better place now.

Brooke Reeve III, Atlanta, Ga

Nina and Kay I am thinking of you and am sorry for your loss. Daddys are special to their girls! He will be missed.

Donna Ratchford Adamson, Savannah, Ga

Our Prayers and Condolences go with you Kay and Nina and family. Your mom and dad were always kind and very comfortable to be with. Always well presented, with warm smiles and cheerful disposition, they were quite the pair. No one could sport a bow tie like your dad. Always crisp and engaging, and sharp as a tack.

Garey L. Simpson, Sr., Marietta, GA,

Dear Katherine, You have been so loving and understanding in my times of need. I will always be so thankful to God for putting you in my life. My heart and prayers are with you and your family at this time and may you always treasure the memories you shared with your father. Love and peace, Mandy

Amanda Sedgwick, Savannah, Ga

My condolences to the Garlington family. Nina, your parents were always gracious and welcoming to me which meant a lot because I was the new kid, just starting Country Day in the ninth grade while so many of you had been there for 10 or 11 years already. Your father, in particular, was always reintroducing himself to me at parties after high school which was funny to me because he was the one parent I knew in the crowd. He will be missed by many but his memory will always bring a smile to my face.

Andrew Nall, Waleska, GA

Nina, I am so very sorry for your loss. Your father was truly a kind man who always greeted everyone with a smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Beth Barrow, New York , NY

Oh Henry, I always wanted to talk with you about your days in the Air Force...I’m so sorry we never got together....I’ll catch up with you later...rest peacefully , Charlie Ellis

Charlie Ellis, Savannah, Ga

Anne and I were saddened to learn of Henry’s passing. Henry and Jeanne were so kind to us. We both worked at Historic Savannah Foundation, when I was director. It was an honor to know Henry through this wonderful connection. Anne and Neil Horstman

Anne and Neil Horstman, Madison, GA

My condolences. We lose another member of the Greatest Generation. Henry was always enjoyable company and a delightful person to be around, always ready with a smile and a quick word. He will be missed by all!

Joseph Russell Ross, Savannah, Georgia

Henry Fitch Garlington, born in Paris, France, 1922 and died Saturday, February 23, 2019.  He was the son of the late General Creswell Garlington, Sr. and Elise Alexandrine Fitch Garlington.  He was preceded by his parents, his twin brother Creswell Garlington, Jr., sister Sally Garlington Barlett, wife Jeanne Morrell Garlington and son-in-law David Gant.

As an Army brat, after returning to the United States, he traveled to several Army stations including Savannah in the early 1940s.  Henry graduated from Solebury School in New Hope, PA.  That summer he applied to Army Air Corps for pilot training.  While waiting for assignment he attended The Citadel until early 1943.  He completed his pilot training and was assigned North Africa and his fighter group went to Italy where he was shot down and captured.  He spent over a year as a POW in Germany.  At the end of the war, he was sent to Air Corps training command as a flight instructor.  In 1949, he married Jeanne Hunter Morrell.  In 1955, he retired from the Air Force he moved to Savannah where he lived the rest of his life.

For six years Henry worked for the city of Savannah’s Recreational Department as athletic director.  After which, he became the director of the newly formed Chatham County Recreational Department.  Then he was hired by Savannah Bank and Trust Co.  After attending the National Trust Graduate School at Northwestern University, he was appointed a trust officer at the bank.  Henry was a volunteer reading for the blind, with Georgia Radio Services for 20 years and was a lifelong blood donor to the American Red Cross.  In 1975, Henry was the recipient of the Athletic Officials of Georgia High School Association Award and in 2000 the Sertoma Service to Mankind Award. He was former member of the Oglethorpe Club, Savannah Yacht Club, Savannah Golf Club and the Century Club.  He was also a member of the St. Andrews Society and the Society of Colonial Wars.  Henry was a life time member of Christ Episcopal Church where he also sang in the choir.

He is survived by two daughters Katherine Garlington of Tybee Island and Nina Gant of Plantation, FL; two grandchildren Audrey and Eric Gant (Aimee); two nieces and one nephew.

The family would like to extend special thanks to the Oaks caregivers especially Twyla Hill.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 2, 2019 in Bonaventure Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Christ Church Episcopal on Johnson Square, 18 Abercorn St., Savannah, GA 31401 or any veterans association of your choice.

 

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Candle tribute lit by Richard, Ann & Rachael Lutz — Georgia

Kay, Nina Our condolences on your loss. Jeanne and Henry were great people. Of course since Jeanne taught me at SCD I have great memories of her. Sincerely Henry S Morgan

Henry Morgan, Savannah, Ga

Dear Nina and Kay, Since your Dad was in the room next to my Mother, I had several opportunities to speak with him in the last six months. While he was sad to see his body decline, he was a true soldier approaching the end with strong resolve. Henry and Jeanne. as well as our parents. were an inspiration with their work ethic and desire to make the world a better place. We will miss the last of the Great Generation. Sincerely Pearce

Pearce Reeve, Savannah, GA

Your father seemed to be at most events I attended on my visits back to Savannah from Atlanta. He was always a welcome person to see. He will be missed by so many. Know he is in a better place now.

Brooke Reeve III, Atlanta, Ga

Candle tribute lit by Fr. Wm Willoughby III — Georgia

Nina and Kay I am thinking of you and am sorry for your loss. Daddys are special to their girls! He will be missed.

Donna Ratchford Adamson, Savannah, Ga

Our Prayers and Condolences go with you Kay and Nina and family. Your mom and dad were always kind and very comfortable to be with. Always well presented, with warm smiles and cheerful disposition, they were quite the pair. No one could sport a bow tie like your dad. Always crisp and engaging, and sharp as a tack.

Garey L. Simpson, Sr., Marietta, GA,

Dear Katherine, You have been so loving and understanding in my times of need. I will always be so thankful to God for putting you in my life. My heart and prayers are with you and your family at this time and may you always treasure the memories you shared with your father. Love and peace, Mandy

Amanda Sedgwick, Savannah, Ga

My condolences to the Garlington family. Nina, your parents were always gracious and welcoming to me which meant a lot because I was the new kid, just starting Country Day in the ninth grade while so many of you had been there for 10 or 11 years already. Your father, in particular, was always reintroducing himself to me at parties after high school which was funny to me because he was the one parent I knew in the crowd. He will be missed by many but his memory will always bring a smile to my face.

Andrew Nall, Waleska, GA

Nina, I am so very sorry for your loss. Your father was truly a kind man who always greeted everyone with a smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Beth Barrow, New York , NY

Oh Henry, I always wanted to talk with you about your days in the Air Force...I’m so sorry we never got together....I’ll catch up with you later...rest peacefully , Charlie Ellis

Charlie Ellis, Savannah, Ga

Anne and I were saddened to learn of Henry’s passing. Henry and Jeanne were so kind to us. We both worked at Historic Savannah Foundation, when I was director. It was an honor to know Henry through this wonderful connection. Anne and Neil Horstman

Anne and Neil Horstman, Madison, GA

My condolences. We lose another member of the Greatest Generation. Henry was always enjoyable company and a delightful person to be around, always ready with a smile and a quick word. He will be missed by all!

Joseph Russell Ross, Savannah, Georgia


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