What is your full name? Did you have a nickname?
My full name is Harold Willie Garrett my brother’s name was Carold Willie Garrett and they called us Cack and Hack.
When and where were you born?
I was born in the country on the land that we own.
Did you have any chores as a child?
Yes, I had to fetch water, milk the cow, and feed the chickens.
Who were your childhood heroes?
Jackie Robinson and Joe Louis
Did you have any pets?
Yes I had a dog named Joe. He was a good hunting dog and we used to go rabbit hunting.
How is the world today different from what it was like when you were a child?
When I was a child we used to go to town in a wagon. We used to get mail once a week. We didn’t have a TV and we were much more close as a family.
What was your religion growing up? What church did you attend?
My religion is Baptist and my church is Bethel Hall which I still attend.
What is the one thing you want people to remember about you?
I want to be remembered as a good person and a good family man.
How were the holidays celebrated in your family?
We used to visit our grandparent’s house in Pelzer, SC on the land. We would get bags of apples and oranges and play all day long.
December 28, 2011
*Interview by Albert Elton Garrett II
*Photography by Precious Garrett
Photographed and compiled by the wife of a great-great-grandson of Wister Lee Garrett.