Cleo Garrison, 66, a truck driver for moving and storage companies for 35 years before his retirement in 1976, died of cancer Friday at Prince George's General Hospital in Cheverly.
Mr. Garrision was born in Rock Hill S.C. His family moved to Washington when he was a small child and he spent the rest of his life in this area.
About 1940, he began driving a truck for Farran's Transfer & Storage Co. in Washington. During World War II, he served in the Navy, where he also was a truck driver. He then returned to the Farran firm.
In the 1950s, he drove for about four years for Hall's Transfer & Storage of Baltimore and then went back to Farran's. He remained with them until his retirement.
He then was a part-time taxicab driver for the Checker Cab company until his retirement recently for reasons of health.
Mr. Garrison was a member of the Teamsters Union. He lived in Washington until about three months ago, when he moved to Riverdale to live with a daughter.
His wife, the former Elizabeth Avery, died in 1977.
Survivors include a daughter, Betty Purvis of Riverdale; five sons, Preston, of New York City, Paul of Lanham, Robert, of Washington, Leon, a sergeant in the Air Force who is stationed at Thule, Greenland, and Kenneth, of Washington; three sisters, Johnnie Mae Long, Edna Boyd and Mozelle Davis, all of Rock Hill, S.C.; two brothers, Garfield, of Asheville, N.C., and Arthur, of Washington; 16 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.