October 10, 2006 ~ October 10, 2006

Born in: Spartanburg, SC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Asheville, NC ~ Daniel Ray Garris, 58, of Spruce Hill Court, died on Monday, October 9, 2006 at his residence. Mr. Garris was born in Spartanburg, SC on July 22, 1948 and was the son of the late Chaplain Roscoe Garris and of Vera Louise Allison Garris. He was a graduate of Science Hill High School and East Tennessee State University of Johnson City, Tennessee. He was a veteran of the US Navy and the US Marine Corps as a hospital corpsman. He was employed by Goodyear Free Service Tire Company before becoming disabled in 1989. He was of the Baptist faith. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his former wife, Sharon Kay Garris of Erwin, TN; a daughter, Angela Sharon Garris and a son, Gregory Daniel Garris both of Erwin, TN; two sisters, Pamela McDavid of Johnson City, TN, Catherine Cowans of Overland Park, KS; special aunt, Virginia Lollis of Asheville and five nieces. A funeral service will be held 6:30 P.M. Wednesday in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Long Shoals Road with the Rev. Joe Fulk officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home. Graveside services will be held 1:00 P.M. on Thursday at the Mountain Home National Cemetery in Johnson City, TN with the Rev. Dr. Jim Richter officiating. Memorials may be made to the Veterans Administration Chapels, PO Box 4000 Mountain Home, TN 37684 or to 1100 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805.

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  1. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this most difficult time. We pray that God will give you peace and comfort. God Bless each of you.

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  2. In recognition of ‘Doc’ Daniel Ray Garris’ Honorable Service in the United States Marine Corps, the Tri-Cities Tennessee, Detachment Number 969 of the Marine Corps League would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude for his service to God, Country and Corps as well as our sincere condolences to his family.

    SEMPER FIDELIS

    Don Elseroad
    Junior Vice Commandant
    MCL Detachment #969

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  3. I pray all you in Mr. Garris’ family know God’s love, comfort, and peace at this time just following his death and in the adjusting days ahead.
    I came to know Roscoe and Vera at English Chapel, and I am also of the Allison family.
    With special thoughts and heartfelt sympathy, Jean Young

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  4. Dear Pam and Cathy,
    I have made it a bittersweet habit of checking the hometown obituaries and of course, I saw your brother’s name and face and immediately knew he belonged to you. I have some memories of him and so many of our childhood on East Hillcrest and Lamont. Cathy (Angel) and I so often mention you to one another in a some fun recollection and I absolutely never eat sausage and pancakes at night without thinking of your sweet dad. If memory is correct, Danny (wasn’t that what you called him?) certainly bears a resemblance. I wonder if he cooked, too!

    I am sorry he met with a disability and the loss of his life so young.

    Cathy and I would so love to hear from you. We were blessed to have had you in our lives.

    Cathy’s email is csangelmd@comcast.net. She is a neonatologist/pediatrician in Knoxville and has a precious eight year old she adopted from China.

    So much love to you both.

    Cindy

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