Harrison trucking magnate remembered

(May 21, 2004) — (Harrison-AP) -- F. Sheridan Garrison, the founder of American Freightways trucking line, is being remembered as a humble businessman and a philanthropist always willing to help his hometown of Harrison. Garrison was found dead yesterday in a pond near his hunting lodge in northeastern Boone County. Authorities do not suspect foul play. They believe Garrison, who had Parkinson's disease, fell out of his boat. He was 69. Harrison-based American Freightways, founded by Garrison in 1982 and acquired in 2001 by FedEx Corporation, was known as one of Arkansas' top businesses during Garrison's tenure. Friends remembered Garrison as caring for his employees and as a company leader who earned the respect of his workers. Garrison was also known for his generosity. Among the Harrison native's many donations was one (m) million dollars he gave to Harrison schools to build a new football stadium. He then bought 40 acres of land across the street from the high school and gave it to the school for the stadium.