A proud member of the Class of 1992, Garrick’s class was the first to enter Lees-McRae College as freshmen and graduate as seniors during LMC’s transition from a junior college to a baccalaureate institution. His major was Business Administration and he is now the general manager and funeral director for Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.
“Lees-McRae set a good balance for me,” said Garrick. “The professors knew me and they were aware of my schedule at the funeral home. Professors like Lewis Hall, Suzy Sheffield, Jack Coffey and Sam Burton worked with me. I’ve always appreciated how much they did for me while I was in college and working full-time.”
His advice to current students: “Enjoy your time at LMC. You will always use what you learn.” Sage advice from an alumnus who continues to enjoy success in business! Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home was recently featured in the Business Spotlight section of the Avery-Journal Times.
Garrick also commented on the relationship between Lees-McRae and the community: “Lees-McRae is an important part of Banner Elk. Lees-McRae and Banner Elk are good for each other. I have found that everyone I’ve worked with during difficult times, like memorial services on campus, have been professional and very helpful. It is meaningful to me how supportive Lees-McRae is of the community… especially during times of grief.”
When asked what motivates him personally to give back to his alma mater, Garrick did not hesitate with his answer. “I think we all should give back. Lees-McRae was there for us then and we need to support the College now and in the future.”
A favorite LMC memory: “The time my friends and I rolled a casket across campus to the North Carolina building and back … it was a prop for speech class. I parked it in the foyer on the first floor. This fellow walked by and I’ll never forget seeing his eyes bug out when he realized there was a casket sitting there!”
Garrick and wife, Carol Jones Smith ’05, live in Banner Elk.