Preston Jule Garrish

Preston Jule Garrish, 94, of Beaufort, died Saturday (Oct. 7), in his home.

He was the husband of Rosemary B. Garrish.

Born, Dec. 6, 1922, he was a son of the late Preston Gibbs and Bertha O’Neal Garrish.

Known as Jule, Garrish served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and then retired from the U.S. Coast Guard. He also retired from the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

He was a member of Ann Street United Methodist Church in Beaufort. Garrish always had a passion and love for music.  As a singer with the Ocrafolk Opry, he appeared in “Nights In Rodanthe,” a film based on the Nicholas Sparks book of the same name.  He also was one of the original members of the Graveyard Band of Ocracoke.

He had a lifetime love of the water. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, Wilson Jule Garrish and wife Martha, and Frankie Garrish and wife Laurie, all of Ocracoke; a step-daughter, Kathy Reed and husband Jim of Washington, N.C.; step-sons, Chris Bowen and wife Margo of Chapel Hill and Bob Bowen of Taylorsville, NC;

Also, 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, in the Ocracoke United Methodist Church. Interment will follow the service at Howard Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the Munden Funeral Home, in Morehead City, which is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ocracoke United Methodist Church, 71 School Rd, Ocracoke, N.C. 27960.

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