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.
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