Troye Lee Garrett, better known as Jam, was born July 9th, 1953 to Agnes C. Garrett and the late Toye Garrett. He transitioned to eternal glory on Monday November 12th 2018 in the presence of his loving family.
He was educated in the Durham Public School System. Upon completing his education he worked at Duke University for 10 years. He also worked at Dillard’s BBQ for a few years as well. There wasn’t much Jam couldn’t do. If you needed brakes for your car, your house painted, your garden worked or your grass cut, Jam could do it all.
In the early 70’s he met Wendy Leathers of Durham and after dating for a few years, they married in 1975 and were together for 10 years. During their union they had one daughter, Erika (Garrett) Taylor on February 26th 1979.
Jam also worked at the Greenery Rehabilitation Center during the late 80’s and during that time he met Rudy Choate and the two later married in 1989. On January 5th 1990, they welcomed a daughter Ebony Garrett. Jam also gained another daughter Wanetta (Choate) Carver whom he raised together with Rudy.
After many years of working, Jam decided to come back to the family home, to help with the caretaking of the home and his beloved mother. Jam and his mom were together often, whether it was going to the grocery store, doctor appointments, to do laundry or just a ride down to Roses, Jam was always riding shotgun. Even as his health started to fail, his main concern was making sure he was home with mama.
Jam was preceded in death by his father; four brothers, Aaron, Dwight, Stanley and Jerry Garrett; one sister, Nannie Carol Anderson; and one granddaughter, Journie-Ethel Elizabeth Carver.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted loving mother, Agnes Garrett of the home; three daughters, Erika (Chris) Taylor of Franklinton NC, Ebony Garrett of Durham, NC and Wanetta (Tim) Carver of Youngsville NC; four grandkids, Camden, Morgan, JaNiyah and Timothy III(Tre’); three sisters, Shelia (Rick) Martin of Charlotte, NC; Sonja (Leondras) Owens of Durham NC; LaQuitta (John) Banks of Durham; two brothers, Michael Garrett of Durham, NC and Vondre Garrett of the home; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.