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Garrison Beedles called an 'amazing student' by Morrow coaches

Former Morrow student Garrison Beedles was also a talented musician as well as doing several other activities in the community. (Special Photo)

Former Morrow student Garrison Beedles was also a talented musician as well as doing several other activities in the community. (Special Photo)

Garrison Beedles vigil details

Garrison Beedles family will hold a vigil to remember him Tuesday.

When: 5-6 p.m.

Where: Morrow High School, 2299 Old Rex Morrow Road in Morrow.

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In addition to playing on the Morrow football team, Garrison Beedles also competed on the school’s wrestling squad. (Special Photo)

MORROW - Morrow coach Anthony McKissic remembers the first encounter he had with Garrison Beedles about four years ago.

Beedles had just arrived on campus as a freshman from Rex Mill Middle School and ran into McKissic, who coaches multiple sports at Morrow.

McKissic had on an Edward Waters College T-shirt, and Beedles approached him and said, “hey coach my cousin plays football there.”

After a brief conversation, McKissic discovered that Beedles’ cousin is former Morrow football standout Darrien CarMichael, whom he coached.

McKissic was looking forward to watching Beedles graduate next spring from Morrow, but tragedy struck the 17-year-old on July 30 when he passed away from injuries sustained in a drowning that occurred seven days earlier.

“He was just a tremendous young man,” McKissic said. “He was an outstanding kid that you just enjoyed being around. He was a leader in the school. He was one of those quiet type leaders that had a lot of character.”

A celebration of his life will be held Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Mathlama AME Church, 5570 Handley Blvd., Morrow, - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/atlanta/obituary.aspx?pid=171963568#sthash.IQROZNUq.dpuf
A celebration of his life will be held Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Mathlama AME Church, 5570 Handley Blvd., Morrow, - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/atlanta/obituary.aspx?pid=171963568#sthash.IQROZNUq.dpuf
A celebration of his life will be held Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Mathlama AME Church, 5570 Handley Blvd., Morrow, - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/atlanta/obituary.aspx?pid=171963568#sthash.IQROZNUq.dpuf

A private family celebration of his life will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Mathlama AME Church in Morrow. A special service will be held on Tuesday at the school.

Beedles played football and was on the wrestling team at Morrow. He also participated in the band, mock trial team and was on the student council.

“Garrison wasn’t going to play in the NFL, but he had a big heart,” McKissic said. “I knew Garrison as a well-respected young man, and I had the opportunity to coach him his freshman year during football season. He was what any coach would ask of: hard working, respectful, and would run through a brick wall to please his coach.”

Upon graduation, Beddles had plans to attend Benedict College in Columbia, S.C. or Savannah State University while pursuing a career as a sports broadcaster or music producer/songwriter.

Beedles was also active in the family’s church where he was the drummer.

McKissic said he will always remember Beddles as a youngster with a big heart, and a lot of determination.

“He wasn’t the biggest kid, but he had the heart of a 6-foot-7 offensive lineman,” McKissic said. “He will be greatly missed, and Morrow will not be the same without him.”