May the memories be your comfort in the days ahead
Love: D. Hampton
GREENVILLE – Phillip “Wayne” Garris, Sr., entered into his rest on July 1, 2017, at Tristar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, TN, at 8:32PM surrounded by his family. He had been spoiled with fried potatoes and always getting what he wanted no matter what it was or what time of the day or night. His greatest love was his love for the Lord. He lead the choir at Bards Hill Church for 36 years and at Union Crossroads General Baptist Church, where he was a faithful member for the last 3 years. He sang in several gospel groups through the years, mostly with his brother and sister as ‘The Garris Family”. He was president of the Muhlenberg County Singing Convention for several years. There was nothing he loved more than singing gospel music. He was the first “Garris” to graduate high school. He retired in 1997 from Supervalue in Greenville, where he had been a truck driver for 29 years. He spent his retirement fishing with his brother and son, riding his trike, and mostly doing nothing except relaxing and sleeping in. He loved spontaneous trips to the Smoky Mountains, Opryland, or anywhere else he decided to go. Anyone that knew him knew he was a straight shooter. No matter what he thought, if you weren’t ready for the truth, you better not ask! He loved Christmas and getting the most presents. He always read the Christmas Story from his Bible and prayed with his family before the first present could be opened. His newest loves were his great-grandchildren, and he was the best at aggravating and picking on anyone he liked. He is survived by his wife, Janie Garris; his children, Phillip (Nola) Garris and Pennie Hatch, both of Greenville, and Tammy Dueben of Franklin, KY; two grandchildren, Lauren Carnithan and Clarence Garris, both of Greenville; two great-grandchildren, CaiLynn Patnode and Kaycen Patnode, both of Greenville; his only brother, Tommy (Linda) Garris of Eddyville; ex sons-in-law, Wayne Hatch and Billy Carnithan; and his beloved K-9 Key-C-Bree. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence “Bill” and Betty L. Garris; two sisters, Joan Carol Garris and Judy Humphrey; and his wife of 46 years, Betty J. Garris. Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at 12:00PM at Tucker Funeral Home in Central City, with Rev. Jerry Williams officiating, assisted by Bro. Barry Noe and David Youngblood. Burial in Vernal Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3-8PM at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at www.tuckerfuneralhomes.com.