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Friend of murdered Stone County businessman: 'He was a saint'

Family and friends are still in shock over the murder of Stone County businessman Timmy Garrison. (Photo source: WLOX) Family and friends are still in shock over the murder of Stone County businessman Timmy Garrison. (Photo source: WLOX)
The murder was at Timmy Garrison's sawmill equipment business on Cable Bridge Road in Stone County. (Photo source: WLOX) The murder was at Timmy Garrison's sawmill equipment business on Cable Bridge Road in Stone County. (Photo source: WLOX)
STONE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Timmy Garrison's beloved property in Stone County is now a crime scene. The 57-year-old was murdered at his sawmill equipment business on Cable Bridge Road in Stone County, just after 7 p.m. Saturday.

On Sunday afternoon, Stone County Sheriff's deputies and Mississippi Bureau of Investigation officials were still digging for clues.

Stone County Sheriff Mike Farmer confirmed that Garrison had been shot in the head, but the MBI would not release an official cause of death until after the autopsy is conducted on Monday. No suspects have been arrested.

The property remained taped off Sunday afternoon as family members and friends gathered across the street, still stunned.

"I couldn't believe it," said life-long Mike Lott. "I asked two or three times. ‘Are you sure?' And, they said, ‘Yes.' And I just couldn't believe it. I just can't understand how this could happen. The whole neighborhood is in shock."

Lott said he last saw Garrison about two weeks ago to get some blades for his sawmill. It turned out to be a typical kind of visit.

"When I came, I came to stay for a while. Had to visit, you know. He was a saint. He was a good man."

Another long-time friend, Dick O'Neal, still can believe what has happened.

"I have no clue," he said. "Because if someone came to Timmy kind of upset about something, well by the time they left, they'd be smiling and laughing. He was just that kind of guy."

Garrison, who as married with four children, owned Wood-Mizer, a sales center for saw mill equipment. He was also a mechanic and loved to build log cabins on his property just for fun.

He was also a musician. It left an impression.

"I saw him play the violin," Lott said. "I will remember that for the rest of my life. At a former road superintendent for Stone County's funeral. I didn't know he could play it that good."

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