Educator, artist, and advocate Terri Ann Garrison Fisher, 63, went to be with our Lord on Tuesday March 2, 2021.
Visitation is from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 6, at Clarksville Funeral Home.
Graveside services are set for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 6, 2021, at Liberty Cemetery near Detroit, with Rev. Jimmie Stripland officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Clarksville Funeral Home. Covid-19 regulations apply.
Terri was born August 26, 1957, in Dallas, Texas, to Tinnie Wilburn Garrison and Phoebe Ann Lowe Garrison. She was a 1975 graduate of Clarksville High School, where she was a member of band, choir and theatre group. Upon graduation, she attended Kilgore Junior College and Paris Junior College before earning her bachelor’s degree in 1980 in education and music from East Texas State University. She also earned a master’s degree in educational administration from ETSU.
For the next 35 years Terri touched many lives as a music and special education teacher and administrator.
As a member of the ETSU orchestra, she traveled to Mexico and performed with Luciano Pavarotti and the New York Metropolitan Opera. She served as choir director at McKenzie Memorial United Methodist Church for many years.
During her time in education she worked with Texas Council for Administrators of Special Education to write the STARR test for special education students. She also helped write regulations for the curriculum placement for special education and emotionally disturbed students.
She helped special ed students thrive and oversaw programs to teach them at schools in Detroit, Clarksville, Paris, Greenville, Mount Pleasant, Harker Heights, Bryan, Valley Mills and Ingleside.
Not one to sit still, Terri turned her retirement into community service on the boards of the Friends of Meridian State Park, Meridian First United Methodist Church and Girl Scouts of Bosque County. She also was a CASA volunteer child advocate. Before retirement, she was active in the Democratic Party of Texas.
Terri had an immense love for her family and friends. She and Don Fisher started their life together on May 2, 1986. She was proud of her children and adored her grandchildren. For family gatherings, she cooked too much and worked too hard, but never laughed too much. Her hometown roots were deep, and she loved her extended family and former CHS classmates.
Her memory and love will be cherished by her husband, Don Fisher of Meridian; daughter Melissa Fisher Strickland and Andrew of Detroit; son Allen Fisher of Meridian; stepson Arthur Fisher and Diana of Fort Worth; brother, Tim Garrison; brother, Larry Garrison; sister, Karen Garrison-Frazier; grandchildren, Isabella and Phoebeann Strickland, Don Jasper Fisher, Jazzlyn Garcia-Fisher; nephews, Chace Garrison, Dillon Garrison, Brent Garrison, and Seth Garrison; nieces Bailey Adams and Brittney Williams-Keys and many other family and friends.
Terri is now sharing good times with those who went before her, including her parents Tinnie and Ann Garrison; brother in-law Tim Frazier; grandparents, Herbert Garrison, Lula Mae Sheppard Garrison, Gaither Lowe, and Eula Etta Herrington Lowe.
Pallbearers are John Michael Sweatnam, Jorge Trujillo, Chace Garrison, Brent Garrison, Jamie Lowe, Troy Garrison, Rusty Lowe, Boyd Harvey, Steve Denny and Chris DeChaume.
Honorary Pallbearers are Ted Garrison, Sammy Garrison, Bryan McFerrin, Jeffrey Duncan, David Garrison Jr., Tim Garrison (aka little Tim), Seth Garrison, Rusty Cooper, Corley Lowe, Robert Rhyne, James Rhyne, Matthew Stripland, Ben Boron, Levi Barber, Rick Duren, Gerry Patterson, Ron Landers, Kenny Carpenter, Emilio Garza, The Class of 1975 and all of Terri's former students.
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