After graduation I went directly to work for Randall Motor Company, then located at 21 North 11th. St. @ North "A, Fort Smith. I had decided that I had all the schooling that I wanted and was free at last. The management became aware of my sales ability and sent me to a Ford truck training school where I learned to sell all sizes of trucks, including tractor rigs. I worked there through May of 1961.
I married the love of my life, Linda Darlene Mathis, April 23, 1960; Linda was in the Greenwood graduating class of 1958 and the graduating Class of 1960 of Ft. Smith Jr. College. In our union we had two sons, Randall DeWayne born August 20, 1962 and Mark Allen born November 17, 1964. We have seven grandchildren, three boys and four girls (including a set of identical twin girls).
I had always wanted to be in the construction business. I enjoyed mechanical and architectural drawing from the 7th grade thru the twelfth. My uncle had been in the masonry construction business since 1928 and I had the chance to train under his leadership. Upon completion of three years of training, I established my own business in March of 1964. Over the next eleven years I constructed residences and commercial business buildings through out the Ft. Smith, Van Buren and Northwest Arkansas area.
In March of 1975 our family relocated to Amarillo, Texas where there was a building boom. After settling in Amarillo I started a general building contracting and land development business along with my masonry business and operated as Garco, Inc.( Garco being short for The Garrett Company). In Texas I was involved in several land development projects and investments in Texas with offices in Amarillo and Dallas. Because I covered great distances it became necessary to earn a private pilot, instrument rated license and purchase two airplanes to cover the state quickly. My wife and I always worked together in the business but while we were residing in Denton, Texas, she returned to school for a couple of years.
Due to an unhealthy heart, I decided to gradually bring my projects to a close and retire back in Arkansas but continue to keep some of my business holdings in Texas. After settling back in Arkansas I had coronary artery bypass surgery and lower back surgery in 2000.We have enjoyed our time back in Arkansas renewing friendships of the past. I so enjoy the fellowship of our classmates at the monthly breakfasts, a great place for stories of the past.
Go Bears Go!
Harold DeWayne Garrett - 2008