George Garrison Tolbert, age 31, passed away on October 31, 2021, in Vienna, Virginia. Garrison was born on September 21, 1990, to Richard and Margaret “Sissy” Tolbert and was a lifelong native of Madison, Mississippi. Garrison was a handsome, warm-hearted Southerner with a generous spirit and clever wit.
Over the years, Garrison embarked on a lifelong pursuit of education and excelled each step of the way. Upon graduating high school as a national merit scholar, he obtained degrees from Millsaps and William and Mary Law School. After passing the bar exam, he moved to Washington D.C. to pursue a career in law, serving as an Attorney for the Veterans Affairs Board of Appeals.
Garrison was devoted to his family and friends. He cared for and served his family in ways that are beyond measure. He would often comment that he made some of his dearest friends while at William and Mary Law School. He loved the pets that graced his life, especially his Sheltie, Cosette. Garrison enjoyed reading, writing, and the company of his friends and family.
Most importantly, Garrison was deeply interested in the people around him and treasured building relationships with others personally and professionally. Whether sharing funny stories over a cup of coffee or traveling cross country to spend time with those he loved, Garrison would be there for you. His unmatched humor and compassion will be sorely missed.
Garrison is preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Ann “Sissy” Tolbert; his grandmothers, Mary Strickland and Patricia Spillman; and his grandfather, Fay Strickland. He is survived in death by his father, Richard Tolbert; his brother, Thomas Tolbert (Anne Karen); his sister, Mary Margaret Pritchard (Hal, Abigail, and Josephine); and a number of aunts, uncles, cousins, and loving friends.