Ravenswood dedicated athletic booster Thurm Garrison dies

Mark Martin
Special to Jackson Newspapers
Penns Grove Red Devils logo.

One of Ravenswood’s most avid supporters of athletics passed away earlier this month.

Thurm Garrison died Oct. 15 at Jackson General Hospital.

Garrison was a part of Ravenswood High School’s Athletic Boosters from virtually the moment he moved to the Ohio River town. He was originally from the Buffalo community in Putnam County.

“Thurm was a person that had the unique ability to make you feel better about life after seeing him,” said Jason Jackson, a former Ravenswood football standout and assistant coach. “If you were having a bad day it was always a better day after talking with Thurm.”

Among Garrison’s contributions to Ravenswood athletics was serving on the Red Devil Football Hall of Fame committee.

The school is getting set to induct its sixth class in an upcoming game against Roane County inside Spano-Taylor Stadium at Flinn Field.

“Having Thurm on the Hall of Fame committee the last several years was a real treat,” Jackson said. “He had witnessed close to six decades of Red Devil football as he was very close to the program.

Ravenswood High School Red Devil Football Hall of Fame logo

“Thurm would quietly donate the money to purchase playoff footballs when the Red Devils qualified for the playoffs. We always knew the Monday after the playoff meeting that we would be getting a visit from Thurm.

“Thurm was a great friend and loved the Red Devils.”

Besides Ravenswood High athletics, Garrison served three different terms on Ravenswood City Council.

A long-time employee at the local aluminum plant, Garrison was an active choir member and helped with the food pantry at North United Methodist Church.

Mick Price, who will enter his 44th season as Ravenswood’s head basketball coach, enjoyed his relationship with Garrison that started back in the summer of 1978.

“Thurm was one of the first individuals I met when I came to Ravenswood as the coach,” Price said. “He was so welcoming and so excited I was coming here. He has been so supportive through the years along with his wife (Bonnie) and family (sons David and Jeff and daughter Kimberly). This is a tough loss for the community. He was one of the best boosters for all sports. He was a great person. He’ll be missed.”

Thurm Garrison was 86.