Marshall Garrett Keech

October 8, 1998 - February 5, 2024
Marshall Garrett Keech

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Marshall “Garrett” Keech a resident of Washington NC passed away 02/5/2024.

Born on October 8, 1998, Garrett was the Son of Kyra Jefferson Sawyer and Anthony “Dunker” James Keech. He attended Northside High School and was a loving soul with a charismatic charm that others were naturally drawn to. He was dearly loved by his Family, school classmates, teachers, and friends. Garrett never met a stranger or encountered anyone that he couldn’t call “friend”. His love for people shined brightly through every word and action. His ability to make anyone feel welcome and valued was genuinely remarkable. With his Cowboy Boots and jeans, he remained authentic to himself, lighting up every room he entered. His first word was “Hammer” and was a testament to his curiosity and early fascination with tools in his Papa’s Body Shop (LJ’s Body Shop) where he was an employee for many years.

His heart, filled with jokes and laughter, made an impression on everyone he encountered. He had a passion and enthusiasm for creating custom truck builds, which won many awards and trophies. He was most proud of his last build, his own truck.

Garrett is survived by his Mother Kyra Jefferson Sawyer and stepfather Timothy Sawyer. His Father Anthony James Keech and girlfriend Tanna Bishop-Kinsey. Maternal Grandparents William Larry “LJ” and Kathy Jefferson and Paternal Grandparents Kenneth and Sandra Keech. Sisters: Mya Grayce Mixon, Sydney Blake Keech, and Lily K. Sawyer and brother’s: Andrew Keech, Hunter and Ashton Sawyer. Uncle Willie and Aunt Lori Jefferson Uncle Kenneth “Scooby” Keech and wife Pam, Aunt Beth and Uncle Lee House, And many cousins and friends that he held close to his heart.

Pallbearers include Andrew Keech, Shawn Cutler, Austin Hardison, Mark Godley, Mezz Grimes Jenkins, and Braxton Bell. Honorary Pallbearers Hunter Sawyer, Trey Hux, Zack Jarvis, Jordan Woolard, Greg Squires, and Smith Ramirez.

Services to celebrate Garrett’s life will be held as follows: A visitation will be scheduled for Saturday February 10, 2024, at Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service from 6-8 pm. Other times at the home of his mother Kyra Jefferson Sawyer in Bath NC. A funeral service will be held at 3 pm Sunday, February 11, 2024, in the chapel at Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service officiated by David Linton. Located at: 4500 US Hwy 264 E, Washington NC followed by a Private Family Graveside Service.

Joseph B. Paul Jr Funeral is honored to serve the Keech Family.

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Funeral Service

Sunday, February 11, 2024
3:00 PM

Joseph B. Paul, Jr. Funeral Service - Directions
4500 US Highway 264 East
Washington, NC 27889

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Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service - Directions
4500 Hwy 264 E, Washington, NC
  • Saturday, February 10, 2024
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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  • February 09, 2024
    Kimberly Cote" says:
    We were so sorry to hear about your son's passing. Words cannot express the sadness I feel for you and your family right now! Love and light.

  • February 09, 2024
    Sharon W. Morris says:
    To Garrett's family: Words are difficult to find that convey my heartbreak. I have fond memories of this sweet young man as his teacher in 3rd grade at Bath Elementary. What a smart, easy-going, dedicated, and pleasant student! In his quiet demeanor, he always gave his best efforts, never attempting to shirk his obligations. May our Heavenly Father fill your hearts with His love and care. "The Lord is near to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit" (Psalm 34: 18).

  • February 09, 2024
    Selina perez says:
    I'm so sorry for your loss Garrett was such a a good friend he could make anybody's day good we are all going to miss him so much🕊️🕊️💙

  • February 09, 2024
    Harris and Tammy Alligood says:
    Our heart break for his mother and his family my God comfort you during this painful times

  • February 09, 2024
    Angus Scrimm says:
    Sorry for your loss

  • February 09, 2024
    Tracey Thomas Merrill says:
    Kyra, I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of your precious boy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • February 09, 2024
    Judy Beacham says:
    My sincere condolences to all of the families and friends. May your fond memories and God's love bring you comfort and peace in these most difficult days ahead.

  • February 09, 2024
    Rhonda & A.W. Cooke says:
    Kyra and all who loved this young man. My heart is breaking for the hurt you are going through. Please know that we are keeping you covered in prayer and that our God will get you through this! Love for you all!

  • February 09, 2024
    Diane Bland says:
    So sorry for your heartbreak & sudden loss of Garrett. May Our Father of Love & Peace bring Comfort in the days ahead as you make the necessary adjustments that Death forces us to make. Treasure the Precious Memories shared & hold them close to your hearts. Love Thoughts & Prayers

  • February 09, 2024
    Carol Taylor says:
    Kyra, I am so heartbroken for you and your family. Wrapping you in love and prayers sweetheart.

  • February 09, 2024
    Kelly says:
    Kyra & family, sending our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family and praying for strength and peace during an unimaginable time. Love you! Kelly, Pat and boys

  • February 09, 2024
    Cathy Craig says:
    I am so sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers for family and friends.

  • February 09, 2024
    Connie Winstead says:
    I can’t imagine what your family is feeling. Prayers for healing and peace

  • February 08, 2024
    Danny & Linda Woolard says:
    Thoughts and prayers for all the family.

  • February 08, 2024
    Chuck and Josanne says:
    Dunker we are devastated for you. We are here for you and praying for you. I don’t know how but God will get you through this.

  • February 08, 2024
    Susan Freenan says:
    Sending prayers to the family during this very difficult time. Garrett was always the most respectful Young man when he was at our home. “ yes ma'am, no ma’am, what can I do for you ma’am .” My heart aches for this overwhelming loss of his young soul. His smile and laughter surely will be missed.

  • February 08, 2024
    Sandy and Jimmy Hedgepeth says:
    Kyra I don't have the words to say how sorry I am for this terrible loss for you and your family. We love you our hearts break. I know God will comfort you and your family. Love, thoughts and prayers.

  • February 08, 2024
    Betty Sue King says:
    Kyra and Kathy I am so sorry for the loss of Garrett. My heart breaks for all of you. Just turn to God. And to each other. I know that's what helped Carol. Love you all. Betty Sue

  • February 08, 2024
    Sharon Morris Waters says:
    Prayers for the family during this difficult time. Garrett was such a kind person!

  • February 08, 2024
    Colin & Anita Bridgman says:
    To the Keech family, I'm so sorry to hear this news. Cherish all your memories, they will hold you dear to your heart. Words can't take the pain away, turn to God for his guidance. I'll keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • February 08, 2024
    Shirley Cooper says:
    Kyra & all family members. This is a hard time beyond words. I wish I could help you the way you helped me "on a night 5 yrs ago! You helped me more than I can ever say. My love, thoughts & prayers are with each of you. When you need a few minutes along, take it.

  • February 08, 2024
    Jimie Lynn Pollard says:
    I am so sorry for the loss of your son Kyra. I know this time will be difficult overwhelming, and full of questions. There are no words or actions anyone can express to make this time better for you. Corinthians and Proverbs have a lot of verses you can turn to within the comfort of words from the Bible. I’m right here if you need anything. I Love You !!! Prayers for everyone in your family. 🙏❤️ Jimie Lynn Pollard

  • February 08, 2024
    Freda Hopkins says:
    My heart goes out to all of you as I send my heartfelt sympathy at this sad time. May God give you strength, peace and understanding.

  • February 08, 2024
    Carol Alligood says:
    I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet Garrett. My heart breaks into for all his family. I pray God wraps his arms around each of you and gives you peace in the coming days and weeks ahead. 🙏🙏

  • February 08, 2024
    Trudy Hubers says:
    So very sorry for your dear loss. Lifting prayers for God’s comfort and strength.