Charles Cecil Garris

July 22, 1936 ‒ December 16, 2020

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Charles Cecil Garris, age 84, of Mount Gilead, died peacefully on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Born July 22, 1936 in Reinersville, Ohio to the late William L. and Sabra J. (Binion) Garris.  Graduated from Sparta High School, Class of 1954.  Shortly after graduation Charles moved to Florida and helped his father at his gas station/convenience store.  While pumping her gas Charles met Roberta Vaughn, whom he later married and together they shared 62 years of marriage.

Charles became an ordained Baptist minister and served churches in Florida.  He then graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and began teaching Vocational Agriculture.  In 1967 he moved back to Ohio and taught Vocational Agriculture at Highland High School and worked for Frank Griffith at his mill in Centerburg.  In 1989 he fulfilled his dream to open “The Outdoor Outfitter” in Sparta.  In 2015 Charles sold the store and retired.

Charles have the gift gab and never met a stranger.  He sang beautifully and enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and singing with many gospel quartets.  Charles will be remembered for his giving nature.  His theory was you can’t out give God.  If someone needs it, then give it.  God will take care of you.

Member of the Centerburg Christian Church for over 40 years and the Masonic Lodge in Micanopy, FL.  He was an avid coon hunter and hunted all over the country with many champion hunting dogs.

In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his brothers, Raymond and Noah.

He is survived by his loving wife, Roberta; children, Bill (Margie) Garris, Sheryl (Jerry) Westbrook and Kevin Garris; 5 granddaughters he adored, Cortney (Stan) Umfleet, Jessica (Brody) Young, Ashley (Dave) McWilliams, Whitney (Ben) Smith and Jamie (Cody) Sipe; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Due to the current Covid pandemic the family will honor Charles’ life with a public Celebration of Life on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at The Barn at White Fence Acres, (the former location of Charles’ Outdoor Outfitters), in Sparta.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Hospice of Morrow County or Centerburg Christian Church in Charles’ memory.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Garris family.  Please share a memory or condolence with the family on this website.

  • Sending condolences to the family. I enjoyed Mr Garris as my home room teacher. Then later reacquainted at church, where he and Roberta would sing and testify to the Lord. So blessed to experience their love of each other and the Lord. What great parents and grandparents. He will be the Christmas angel heard on high. God bless everyone how loved Charlie. Robin Jordan Lester and Dave Denman

  • Charlie was a good man , loved seeing him at the store!! Miss that place, and will miss him too!! God bless you all!

  • Katie and I used to love going to Centerburg Christian Church to see Charlie sing. Many times when we were away, we would go to the church just to hear him sing. He was a wonderful man, and was always so kind and willing to chat whenever we would see him. I hope the family is able to find peace and comfort in these difficult times and be happy when remembering all of the joyful memories Charlie brought to so many.

  • Prayers for the family. Charlie and Roberta sheltered us for a short while when we first moved to Centerburg many years ago. It was a blessed time. Charlie was always funny and sang wonderfully.

  • Sharon and I send our heartfelt condolences to the family and reading about remarable and multitalented gentleman. R.IP . Mr. Garris.

  • Our sincerest condolences to the whole family.
    Charlie was always a welcomed site in our store all of those years past. His lasting smile and whit were always a pleasure. Sharing all of the hunting stories with Lundy and the hunting crowd that hung out at the store before their next big adventure in the evenings was always a hoot.
    Our prayers are with you all during this trying time!
    God bless you all.
    The Stillwell Family

  • Garris Family, I’ve known you since I was 15 or 16. Babysit and went all over Ohio with u. I got my foundation of Jesus from those times. I think 🤔 of those days often as well as this week. Sheryl, I know I’ll be in your shoes, I wish I cou be with you now.
    Love 💘 Bev Westbrook Hudgel

  • Our prayers are with you all. Charlie was a fantastic person and had a beautiful soul. Hug and prayers. Kay Parmer and Val Smith

  • Sending my love & condolences to the whole family and extra special hugs to Roberta. Charlie will always be remembered as a great southern gospel singer whether by himself or in a quartet. I enjoyed hearing Roberta and Charlie as they sang for my sister and I at their home near Cheaterville. Prayers for God’s comfort to be with each and every one in their family. Although Charlie is with his Heavenly Father He will be so missed. My heart breaks for you. Love you all 💔

  • Although I didn’t know Charles, I do know Bill and Sheryl. My condolences to you both and of course to your families. Losing a parent is hard no matter when they leave us. This Christmas will be bitter sweet for your family. My prayers for you all.

    Love, Linda

  • What a great influence Charlie had on many people. I always enjoyed his singing, stories, and the love he had for his family. As young teenagers we had a lot of fun gathering together at the Ebersole bridge swimming. Hugs to all.

  • Sincere and heartfelt condolences to you all. Charlie was such a wonderful man. I’m sure the heavenly choir sounds a bit sweeter now. May his love for his Lord and family give you comfort and peace . Keeping you close in thoughts and prayers.

  • Roberta and Family,
    Charlie was a favorite of ours. Charlies stories was so entertaining. Heaven has accepted a wonderful Angel with a heavenly voice.
    With our deepest sympathy to you and the family
    Bob and Mary

  • I’m so sorry. I always enjoyed talking with him while he was the ag teacher, and later at his shop. Prayers.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss..My thoughts and prayers go out to the Garris family during this difficult time…Sending my ((HUGS))….

  • Sending our deepest sympathy with prayers for the sweet comfort of our Lord!
    Roberta, Sheryl, Bill, and Kevin, we have many wonderful memories with all of you. Traveling with the quartet especially the trip to Florida, having meals together, surprising Ralph on his birthday…lots more!!
    For several years now, the Lord has taken us down different paths – relocation, employment, etc . Occasionally, we would see you. One thing was dominate – that being, we all still loved the Lord and each other.
    May the precious memories lift you in coming days.
    Lord bless, Ralph and Betty Linkous

  • Prayers go out for Roberta and the family. I will always cherish the memories of singing with Chuck. in the quartet, when we were attending Orange Lake Baptist Church together, and visiting other churches for revivals, dinner on the grounds, and special events.

  • Dear Family, Charlie was a wonderful man. He gave the eulogy at my dads funeral and we couldn’t have ask a better man. He never met a stranger and we loved all of his stories. Our sincere sympathy is with all of you. He will always be a part of our lives. Mike and Joyce Ray.

  • I am so sorry to hear about Charlie. What a wonderful man. Always a smile and a kind uplifting word. Beautiful voice that I can hear now and he is singing in the heavens. My prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Cheryl Satterfield Brenner

  • Wonderful memories of Charlie from Mount Gilead Glory Baptist Church. I enjoyed joking around with him and he gave it back in full force.

  • Praying sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Charles Garris.

    I regret that 68 years have passed since Charles and I spent hay baling and harvest time working with Garris family members and, in my case, Aunt and Uncle Georgia and Paul Dupee whose farm was adjacent to the Garris farm.

    Precious memories of treasured neighbors, the Garris Family.

  • Sorry to hear of Charles passing. He and Roberta were great, special friends of my family. My guess is someone in Heaven wanted to trade knives or go hunting and wanted one of the best, at least the way he told it, to go with them.
    Prayers for Roberta and family. God’s strong arms to encircle you and give you peace and comfort.