Edward Fudge writes,
In his 2003 autobiography, A Lover’s Quarrel: My Pilgrimage of Freedom Within Churches of Christ, he recalls his year at Freed-Hardeman with gratitude and affection, relating special kindnesses shown him by the college’s namesake and then-president, famed Churches of Christ debater, N. B. Hardeman. Years later, a different president at Freed- Hardeman (H.A. Dixon) had Garrett arrested and charged with “disturbing the peace” when, in defiance of orders from the administration, he accepted the invitation of some ministerial students to discuss religious issues with them in their dorm.
I have read and re-read Garrett’s monumental, definitive history of the Restoration Movement: The Stone-Campbell Movement: The Story of the American Restoration Movement. Other than Murch’s Christians Only: A History of the Restoration Movement, no one else has come close to writing such a truthful, insightful history of our movement.
For many years, Garrett published the Restoration Review and otherwise advocated for change in the Churches of Christ. He was a friend of Carl Ketcherside, and together they worked to establish a better understanding of grace and to end division in the Churches. I’m sad he didn’t live long enough to see an end of our divisiveness, but pleased he lived long enough to see many of the changes he pushed for find fertile ground within the Churches.
A memorial service will be held at Singing Oaks Church of Christ in Denton,Texas on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
He’ll be greatly missed.