Christine Edith Garton (1926 – 2015)

Christine Garton was born the oldest of 7 children in north Nashville to Luther and Annie Marie Coles. Her siblings describe her as a loving mother type to them, especially after their mother’s passing. Her youngest brother, John Coles, is a part of our church family here at Mt Juliet, as well as his wife and children; JoAnne, Greg and Annie Earhart. John loved his sister dearly taking such good care of her in her older years, just as she had cared for him in her younger years.
As a young woman Christine married Paul, who was highly decorated in WWII with the Bronze Star Medal. After his return home from war they lived in East Nashville. Over their 69 years of marriage they also lived in Donelson, Hermitage, and finally in Mt Juliet. During this time they had five children, 12 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. Her family loved her dearly.
In her younger years Christine worked for Sunbeam Bakery and later for Bill Crook’s Grocery. Her hobbies included ceramics and quilting. She excelled at cooking and baking. At reunions she could fill the table with delicious delights. Christine had a sweet personality. It was as if she never met a stranger and seemed to always be smiling. She was a busy person who touched so many lives. One reason why she touched so many lives was because she learned the art of listening. Her brother described her as a “one of a kind.” One of the great compliments was when he described her by saying, “She helped all of us through the years.” No doubt the reason she could touch so many lives is because she imitated the Lord. When Peter preached the first Gospel sermon to the Gentiles he described Jesus as one “who went about doing good” (Acts 10:38). Christine went about doing good.
The greatest compliment and the root of our hope lie in the fact that Christine loved her Lord. She loved serving meals on wheels or dropping off supper to the sick. She loved ladies Bible Class. When she and Paul moved to the Mt Juliet congregation in March 2006 they were already in their eighties. They were friendly, appreciative and gracious, like our Lord. In February she turned 89. Her family that had received her tender care when young returned the piety to her in her last season of life. God’s plan is truly beautiful (1 Timothy 5:3-16).
We offer our sympathy to the Garton family, especially John, Greg and Annie and their families. We rest in a peaceful hope that things are better for our sister than ever!
by David Shannon