Wilford Austin Garrett, aged 92, passed away on Monday, October 16, 2023, at the John L. McClellan Memorial VA Hospital in Little Rock. He was born on April 14, 1931, in Ellis Prairie, Missouri, to Jess and Lydia (McKee) Garrett.\n\nFriends and family are invited to pay their respects at a visitation on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Humphrey Funeral Chapel. A graveside committal service will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, at 1:00 PM at Fort Smith National Cemetery, under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service. Rev. Blake Herren, a close friend in the Baptist faith, where Wilford found solace, will officiate the service.\n\nWilford was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Kim Garrett, an infant daughter Sharon Garrett, his four brothers - Lyle, Dorman, Larry Dale, and Verle Garrett, as well as four sisters - Rita Goldston, Melvadeen Morton, and Iola Hartman.\n\nHe is survived by his son, Mark W. Garrett of Paris, Arkansas, and his daughter, Tina Kemp (David) of Russellville. He also leaves behind four sisters: Leta Massey, Bonnie Gaston, Viola Chambers, and Jean Gaston, two grandchildren - Jordan Kemp and Dakota Garrett, his former wife and loyal friend, Carol Young.\n\nWilford was a proud Marine, serving during the Korean War period from 1951 to 1954. Rising to the rank of Sergeant, he earned several prestigious medals, including the United Nations Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and a Good Conduct Medal. He was also honored with the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and was a lifelong member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).\n\nAfter his military service, Wilford ventured into the world of farm implements and equipment sales. He had an abiding love for horses and embarked on numerous trail-riding adventures, often joining fellow riders and friends at Caney Mountain Horse Camp near Harriet, Arkansas, where they nicknamed him, "Marlboro Man." His passion for hunting and horseback riding led him to work as a successful outfitter guide in Colorado. Whenever he sought respite, he would load up his RV and embark on extensive journeys out west as far as Alaska.\n\nIn honor of Wilford's memory, the family kindly requests memorial gifts to be made to an organization close to his heart, the Disabled American Veterans, Simpson-Turner Chapter 27, P.O. Box 10275, Russellville, AR 72812, or visit www.dav27ar.org.\n\nFor further information and to leave your condolences, please visit Wilford's internet obituary and online guestbook at www.humphreyfuneral.com.