Thomas R. Garrett, 81, of Beaufort and husband of Marguerite Garrett, died Friday, September 9, 2016 at the Medical University of South Carolina. The family will receive friends Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 5-7 PM at Anderson Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 11 AM at The Baptist Church of Beaufort. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Pickens, SC, on Friday. Tom was born in Greenville, South Carolina on May 19, 1935. He was the son of Tom Wesley and Mary Field Garrett. After graduation from Fair Forest High School, Tom attended Wofford College and Clemson University. A Marine, Tom joined the United States Marine Corps at Parris Island, SC in 1953. He had the honor of playing in the Edinburgh Tattoo with the US Marine Corps Band for the Queen of England and at the World's Fair in Brussels, Belgium. Tom was a proud Marine and often remarked that the jets flying over Beaufort represented the "sound of freedom". A Mason, he was honored with his Fifty-Year Certificate and Gold Emblem by Harmony Lodge No. 22 for his years of service and dedication to the Craft. A Rotarian, Tom was recognized by Rotary International as a Paul Harris Fellow for promoting international understanding. A dedicated civic leader, he was a member of the Baptist Church of Beaufort. In 1972, he served as Commodore of the Beaufort Water Festival. He commissioned Nancy Ricker Rhett to design the Water Festival Crest in 1974 which is proudly worn to this day. He served as President of the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Sertoma Club. He and his wife co-chaired the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation Ball. He was a member of the Jean Ribaut Society and the Beaufort Yacht Club. A Businessman, Tom opened One Hour Martinizing in Beaufort, South Carolina and expanded into Hilton Head Island. He was President of the Southeastern Fabricare Association and served on the board for 20 years. He opened Solid Surf Skateboard Park with his business partner and friend Skeet Burris which became Atlantic Rental Business and mini warehouse storage. Tom sold his dry cleaning business in 1984 to the Johnson Group of England and continued to oversee the Beaufort operation expanding into Charleston, Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, and Savannah. He and his son purchased Lexington Dry Cleaning in 1988. Tom's business acumen supported the livelihood for numerous families throughout the Lowcountry. His business legacy will live on through Lexington Dry Cleaning and Safe Harbor Storage, Beaufort, South Carolina with the talented teams of people working there. In addition to his parents, Tom is preceded in death by his sister, Marilyn Platt. Tom is survived by his beloved wife, Marguerite of Beaufort, South Carolina, a son, Ron Garrett and his wife Elizabeth of The Woodlands, Texas, a daughter Tammy Bryan and her husband Woody, a daughter Denise Creech and her husband Chris Ward of Washington, District of Columbia. Tom is also survived by six grandchildren including granddaughter, Annabeth Kierspe and her husband Chase of Tampa, Florida; grandson, Thomas Garrett of Clemson, South Carolina; granddaughter, Rosemary Garrett of The Woodlands, Texas; granddaughters, Marguerite, Caroline and Kate Bryan of Darnestown, Maryland. \n\nIn lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to The Baptist Church of Beaufort Building Fund P.O. Box 879, Beaufort, SC 29901.