Donald Ray Garrison, 63

Date Published: 
Dec. 22, 2017

Donald Ray Garrison, 63, departed this life on Dec. 9, 2017, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del. He was born Aug. 17, 1954, in Frankford, Del., son of the late Yvonne V. Garrison and Kenneth L. Wescott.

Garrison received his education through the Indian River School District and was later employed by Mountaire Farms as an agricultural worker who was dedicated to his work.

Garrison accepted Christ early in his lifetime, began attending several local churches in the community and rededicated his life in 2015. He was known to be full of life and fun, and he loved spending time with his family just as much as he loved to walk. On Garrison’s birthday in 1994, he was united in matrimony with his wife of 23 years, Madeline Hall.

In addition to his parents, Garrison was preceded in death by two sisters, Connie Garrison and Valerie Garrison. Many fond memories will remain with his wife, Madeline, of Millsboro, Del.; two sons, Dynell Toppin of Delmar, Del., and Brandon Garrison of Georgetown, Del.; two stepsons, Steven Abney of Salisbury, Md., and Jermaine Hall of Jacksonville, Fla.; three stepdaughters, Natasha Abney, Bridgeville, Del., Jacqueline Kane and her husband, James, and Yolanda Hall, all of Seaford, Del.; seven sisters, Violet Handy of Millsboro, Wendy Bowen of Georgetown, Robbin Thompson and her husband, Doug, of Bridgeville, Kim Goodman and Valerie Wescott, both of Selbyville, Del., Brenda Wescott of Dagsboro, Del., and Linda Wescott, Laurel, Del.; five brothers, Joseph Garrison and his wife, Van, of Frankford, Earl Garrison of Georgetown, Kenneth Wescott Jr. and his wife, Aletha, of Seaford, and Alfred and Kelvin Wescott, both of Frankford; 21 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of aunts, uncles, loved ones and friends.

A funeral service was scheduled for Dec. 16, 2017, at Calvary Pentecostal Church in Bishopville, Md., with burial in the adjoining church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations to JEVS Foundation, 1845 Walnut St., 7th Floor; Philadelphia, PA 19103, or to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online at