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.

Flowers are welcome, memorial donations may be made to the Zion Shelter and Kitchen of Washington, NC by clicking HERE or the Beaufort County Animal Shelter of Washington, NC by clicking HERE

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




Funeral Service

Sunday, February 11, 2024
3:00 PM

Joseph B. Paul, Jr. Funeral Service - Directions
4500 US Highway 264 East
Washington, NC 27889
2529754500

Visiting Hours

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 15, 2024
    Leigh Humen says:
    Kyra, I am so sorry this happened. No mother should ever have to go through what you had to. I have been heartbroken for you, and yours, and everyone that loved Garrett since I heard of the gut wrenching loss. You know where I am if you ever need someone to talk to, vent, or if you just need to get away and try to breathe for a minute. I truly mean it. In the meantime, hold on to the happy memories and smiles as best as you can. My prayers are with you.

  • February 14, 2024
    Helen Moore says:
    Kyra and family, offering my prayers and love to you all. One of my beautiful babies to pass through my classroom.

  • February 14, 2024
    Bryce Helvey says:
    rest easy buddy truck family here for ya buddy

  • February 13, 2024
    Vickie Eborn says:
    Prayers for peace & comfort in the coming days for all of you suffering from your loss!

  • February 13, 2024
    Susan Buck Cerny says:
    I am so sorry for your loss. After watching the video tribute, I can tell that Garrett was a sweet, sweet soul. The pictures are full of smiles. I can tell her brought laughter to many people. What a tremendous loss for everyone who knew him. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers for the days, months and years to come.

  • February 12, 2024
    Tommy & Marilyn Willard Hale says:
    Kathy, Larry, and the rest of the family. We are so so sorry about Garrett. May God bless and comfort all of you as only He can is our prayer. (We have lost our daughter so we have some idea what you all are going through! So hard!!)

  • February 12, 2024
    Alli Leggett says:
    Sending you all so much love & healing prayers!

  • February 12, 2024
    Tabitha Fulford says:
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • February 11, 2024
    Ollie Moore says:
    So sorry for the loss of your loved one, keeping all in my prayers 🙏

  • February 11, 2024
    Ollie Moore says:
    I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Keeping all in my prayers 🙏.

  • February 11, 2024
    Peggy Jefferson says:
    Dunker, so sad about your son. prayers for comfort for your family and you.

  • February 11, 2024
    Dana L. Mason says:
    Sending prayers! 🙏🙏

  • February 11, 2024
    Dana L. Mason says:
    🙏🙏

  • February 11, 2024
    Dana L. Mason says:
    🙏🙏🙏

  • February 11, 2024
    Heather and Britt Buell says:
    Kyra, my heart breaks for you…I’m so very sorry about Garrett …continued love and prayers for you and the entire family

  • February 10, 2024
    Charlene Hoggard Woolard says:
    Kyra, Larry, Kathy, Willie, Lori can't imagine the pain you all are going through. But I know one who will help you. That is God. He has helped me a many time. My prayers are with you .

  • February 10, 2024
    BL and Emily Eborn says:
    Prayers for the family.

  • February 09, 2024
    Patrick Paul says:
    I am so sorry about Garrett. My thoughts and prayers are with you - family and friends.

  • February 09, 2024
    Cynthia Jones says:
    Kyra, I am truly sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • February 09, 2024
    Patrick Paul says:
    I’m so sorry to hear about Garrett. My thoughts and prayers are for all of you - family and friends ❤️

  • February 09, 2024
    Sherry P Rose says:
    Kyra, Kathy & Larry so sorry for your loss. Words just can't express feelings that's going on now in your time of loss. Sending prayers out to you guys at this time.

  • February 09, 2024
    CarolynSue Lee says:
    Kyra and family, thinking of you during this sad and difficult time. May God provide comfort to each of you.

  • February 09, 2024
    Nancy Boyd says:
    Kyra, and jefferson family sorry for loss. May God comfort you in a way only he can. Our prayers are with you. Nancy Boyd and family

  • February 09, 2024
    Robert and Fonda Gautier says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. May God provide peace and comfort to you in the days ahead.

  • February 09, 2024
    Leigh Mills Apple says:
    Mike and I are so sorry for your loss of this precious soul. Our prayers are with you.

  • February 09, 2024
    Carrie & Roland Modlin Jr. says:
    Dunker and all your family we are praying for y'all in this most difficult time. May you find a loving God hold you all. God be with you all. Thoughts and prayers

  • February 09, 2024
    Krystal & Thomas Wright says:
    Dunker, Sydney and Root - We are so saddened to hear of the passing of Garrett. There are no words to take away the pain but please know that you all have been on my mind and in my heart. Love and many hugs to each of you. To the rest of Garrett's family and friends, I am so very sorry for your loss.

  • February 09, 2024
    Heather Osborn says:
    So sorry for your loss….Words cannot express the sadness I feel for you and your family. Praying for your comfort and peace at this difficult time.

  • February 09, 2024
    Donna Parker says:
    I am terribly sorry to hear of your loss. I can’t imagine the pain of losing a child or grandchild . I pray for God’s loving peace and comfort to surround all of you.

  • February 09, 2024
    Emily Sparrow says:
    My prayers go out to all of Garrett's family and close friends. He definitely knew how to light up any room he was in and had a smile that was contagious! I pray for comfort that his loved ones know he is rejoicing with the lord right now 🙏🏻❤️

  • February 09, 2024
    Gwen Raynor says:
    My deepest sympathy for your loss. May God grant you peace and comfort in the coming days.

  • February 09, 2024
    Sandra Payne says:
    Kathy and Larry I am so sorry that your grandson has passed away.We can only depend on Jesus to see us through. God.bless your whole family

  • February 09, 2024
    Stacey Davis says:
    Kyra, Dunker, and each your family, I am very sad to learn about Garrett. May you be comforted by angels and precious memories.

  • February 09, 2024
    Kay Berry says:
    I’m so deeply sorry to hear about your grandson Kathy and Larry. I am so sorry. This is. So sad Loss. God bless you and your daughter and your whole family. I’m so sorry to hear about this.

  • February 09, 2024
    Catherine Paschall says:
    So sorry for your loss.🙏🙏🙏

  • February 09, 2024
    Carolyn W McCutcheon 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,weeks ,years, Sending love,hugs !!

  • 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.