Riley Michael “Mickey” Garnto, 65

by | July 5, 2017 3:18 pm

Last Updated: July 5, 2017 at 3:24 pm

   Funeral services for Riley Michael “Mickey” Garnto, 65, of Kite were held Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Gumlog Primitive Baptist Church at 11 a.m. with Elder Mickey Harris officiating. Interment followed in the Gumlog Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. He passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at his residence following a brief illness.

   Mr. Riley Michael “Mickey” Garnto was born December 24, 1951 in Metter to the late Riley Morris Garnto and Dorothy Brantley Garnto. He graduated from Swainsboro High School in 1969, from Middle Georgia College in 1972, and Georgia Southwestern University in 1974. He coached for several years, beginning at Washington County, Johnson County, Beechwood, Robert Toombs, Pinewood, DEA, and Southwood, where he won a state championship. Garnto was inducted into the GISA Hall of Fame in 2015. He was very involved in Kappa Sigma, beginning in 1972 and continuing throughout his life. He was a member at Gumlog Primitive Baptist Church, and he was preceded in death by his parents.

   Survivors include his son, Ryan (Merrit) Garnto of Albany; sister, Delaine Garnto Maglioli of Swainsboro; several cousins; and other family.

   Pallbearers were Jeff Bennett, David Howard, Vince Allen, Troy Long, Jake Fleming, Jon Dorminey, Tripp Simpson, Dale Taylor, Reece Cohen, Dennis Davis, Dennis Taylor, and Marty McDonald. Honorary pallbearers were his Kappa Sigma brothers.

   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kappa Sigma Alumni Foundation, 1905 Iverness Parkway, Columbus, Ga., 31909, or to an organization of your choice.

   Chapman Funeral Home of Swainsboro was in charge of arrangements.

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