David Long Garton

Born in Nashville, TN on February 14, 1956

Departed on May 31, 2020 and resided in Antioch, TN

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David Long Garton

Passed away May 31, 2020 at his home after a brief illness at age 64.
He was preceded in death by his parents Rex E. Garton and Mary McMahon Garton.
He is survived by his wife Peggy Brown Garton, daughters Robyn Garton, Melanie (Jeffrey) Jackson, siblings, Rex E. (Sandy) Garton, James (Elizabeth) Garton, Gloria (Robert, Sr.) Cowell, & Michael (Angela) Garton, 5 grandchildren and 3 great­ grandchildren, and 2 step grandchildren.
David enjoyed a career of over forty years in the construction industry as a master sheet metal journeyman. He was a member of Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 177 and employed by Nashville Machine Company for his entire career. He worked on numerous projects for many leading building owners including Vanderbilt University, Nissan, Metro Nashville, Tristar Hospitals and scores of others.
David's friendly manner, strong ethic and high level of competence served him well and he was involved for decades in apprenticeship training becoming a respected and beloved mentor to many of the sheet metal men working today in Middle Tennessee.·
Those traits along with his fun-loving good humor earned him the nickname of "Gravy", which he relished as a badge of honor even though needling those who called him that. For many years in Nashville with the largest and toughest mechanical systems Gravy was the man for the job.
David was a NASCAR enthusiast and traveled frequently to races with Peggy, making weekend RV camping and tailgate parties where they would set up and cook hosting many friends who convened over the years. He was quick to slice you some brisket and pour you a Crown Royal to wash it down.
When in town David could be found weekend evenings being entertained in the Music Valley or on Lower Broad as he and Peggy loved their honky tonk music and dancing,

The family would like to express its love and gratitude to dear friends and caregiver, Ellie Rose Taggart, for their devoted skills and affection in giving David comfortable and dignified final days.

There will be a Celebration of Life at a future date and place to be announced.

37 Comments to David Long Garton

  1. Robyn Garton
    June 5, 2020 8:33 pm

    Rest in heaven daddy! I love you!❤️

  2. Jennie Corn
    June 5, 2020 8:51 pm

    I always loved David….we had some fun times back in the days. I’m sure us girls drove him crazy alot while staying at Mels! He will be missed! Love,Jennie Corn and family!

    • Gloria Garton
      June 10, 2020 11:17 am

      Jennie,
      I am David’s sister, Gloria Garton. I just wanted to thank you for taking the time for sending us this message.

  3. Sherry Perkins
    June 5, 2020 9:14 pm

    Cousin of Robyn & Mel

  4. Joyce
    June 5, 2020 11:26 pm

    Such a sweet man! Rest In Peace
    Love Joyce & Family ❤️

  5. Tyler
    June 5, 2020 11:26 pm

    ❤️Rest in peace David. You will be missed by so many!

    • Gloria Garton
      June 10, 2020 11:19 am

      Tyler, This is David’s sister. Thank you for taking the time to send your message.
      He was truly a great man.

  6. Cheryl & Randy Hayford
    June 6, 2020 8:32 am

    May you Rest In Peace David. You will be missed.
    💖💖💖💕💕💕💞💞

    • Gloria Garton
      June 10, 2020 11:20 am

      Cheryl and Randy,
      This is Gloria Garton, David’s sister. Thank you for your message. David was truly a great man and he will indeed be missed.

  7. Sandy Goodwin
    June 6, 2020 8:48 am

    Rest in peace my dear friend .You will forever be missed and hold a special place in our hearts. Love you forever 💓

    • Gloria Garton
      June 10, 2020 11:21 am

      Sandy,
      This is Gloria Garton, David’s sister, Thank you for your sweet message. We will truly miss our sweet David.

  8. Sherry Painter
    June 6, 2020 8:51 am

    So heart breaking💔 so glad to have you in our family and all the love and fun you had with Sis knowing real love..showing it.You have touched so many hearts… I can’t believe you are gone😪 Till we meet again Bro..love ya..As Jamira said..””Come back Uncle David …I want you to call with me “❤❤❤

    • Gloria Garton
      June 10, 2020 11:23 am

      Sherry,
      This is Gloria Garton, David’s sister. Peggy and all of his family and friends truly miss him. As you know, he was such a sweet, sweet man.

  9. Shanna nicklow
    June 6, 2020 9:02 am

    Rest in heaven uncle David ❤ we love you 💞💗💓

    • Gloria Garton
      June 10, 2020 11:24 am

      Shanna,
      This is Gloria Garton, David’s sister. Thank you for your message. He will truly be missed by all he knew.

  10. Clyde Vaughn
    June 6, 2020 9:22 am

    David, i am glad for the few times i got to meet you , when we were in Nashville , No doubt you were the love of Peggy’s life. I wish i could have had more time with you to get to know you better, as i can see , how well thought of you were . David Rest in peace , Peggy i am praying for you, my heart hurts for you and all of David’s family, you are loved.

    • Gloria Garton
      June 10, 2020 11:25 am

      Clyde,
      This is Gloria Garton, David’s sister. Thank you for the sweet message. Yes, Peggy and David were soul mates and he is missed by more people than we will ever know.

  11. Mendy Lolmaugh
    June 6, 2020 1:05 pm

    Rest in heaven uncle David till we meet again we love you 💨💨

    • Gloria Garton
      June 10, 2020 11:26 am

      Mendy,
      This is Gloria Cowell, David’s sister. Thank you for your message. We all miss David so much. He was truly a great man.

  12. Darrell & Deb
    June 6, 2020 1:05 pm

    David, you‘ll forever be missed. Peggy I’m so sorry for your loss. I know David was the love of your life. And you was his. You two had a special love for one another, that only some dream about. May God bring you peace. And relish in the memories you made. Love & prayers!!

    • Gloria Cowell
      June 10, 2020 11:27 am

      Darrell & Deb,
      This is Gloria Cowell, David’s sister. Thank you so much for your sweet message. Peggy and all of us will forever miss him. He was truly a great and special guy.

  13. Belinda Harris
    June 6, 2020 1:17 pm

    Rest In Peace, my favorite Nephew. We will surely miss you.

  14. David Smith
    June 6, 2020 1:37 pm

    R.I.P. David, my heart aches for our dear friend (Nashville Angel) Peggy Sue. I’m thankful you gave her a beautiful love life to remember.

    • Gloria Garton
      June 10, 2020 11:29 am

      David,
      this is Gloria Cowell, David’s sister. Thank you for reaching out to David’s family and to Peggy. David gave Peggy a great and happy life. We all miss him so much.

  15. Joan Wilson
    June 6, 2020 8:54 pm

    Gloria, I am so sorry for your families loss. I will be praying for your family. There is a very special Angel watching over you.

    • Gloria Cowell
      June 10, 2020 11:32 am

      Joan,
      Thank you for reaching out to us. We miss him so much. I know you know how it feels to loose a brother.
      He was such a special, sweet, sweet man.

  16. Anita White
    June 6, 2020 9:38 pm

    I’m so sorry Peggy, I couldn’t believe it when I first read it, you two were so sweet, I’ll miss seeing your funny things, I love you so much

    • Gloria Garton
      June 10, 2020 11:35 am

      Anita,
      This is Gloria Garton, David’s sister. Thank you sending this sweet message. David’s death was sudden and we still can’t believe it. He was truly a great, great man.

    • Gloria Garton
      June 10, 2020 11:37 am

      Anita,
      This is Gloria Garton, David’s sister. Thank you for reaching to Peggy and the rest of his family. We still can’t believe it ourselves. We truly miss this great, great man.

  17. Marilyn Hawkins
    June 6, 2020 10:56 pm

    I feel so honored that I got to meet you Peggy but never got to meet your a dear David. My heart goes out to you cause I know you had a wonderful love story and life together. Hang on to your memories.
    Love and prayers

    • Gloria Garton
      June 10, 2020 11:38 am

      Marilyn,
      This is Gloria Garton, David’s sister. Thank you for sending this sweet message. Peggy and his family truly miss him every day. He was such a sweet man.

  18. Butch Wallace
    June 7, 2020 1:46 pm

    Sorry to hear of the family’s loss. I can think back to our younger day’s when I worked at Maplewood Food Town with David & Rex. That was a good time. Prayers are with you.

    • Gloria Garton
      June 10, 2020 11:16 am

      Hello Butch, This is Gloria. Thank you for this message. David’s death was pretty sudden. He was diagnosed with brain cancer 7 weeks and d2 days prior to his death. We all miss him so much. He was such a precious and kind man Good to hear from you. It is do good to hear from you. Hope you are well.

  19. Brenda Minshall
    June 7, 2020 5:16 pm

    Gloria,
    So sorry to hear of your brothers passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
    Rusty and Brenda Minshall

  20. Deborah S. Trivette
    June 10, 2020 4:40 pm

    Dear Peggy, We’re so sorry for your loss. David was a special person. We loved him! And we love you!! You’re in our thought’s & prayer’s. Prayer’s for the rest of the family too. With love, Darrell & Debbie

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