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William Garris

William Edward Garris

Friday, August 16th, 1957 - Wednesday, March 6th, 2019
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William E. Garris, age 61 of Branchville, NJ passed away on Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 at his home.
Born in Newton to the late Charles and Mary (Meyers) Garris, William was a lifelong Sussex County Resident. Serving farmers of Warren, Sussex, and Orange Counties for over 43 years, William worked as an artificial insemination technician for Premier Select Sires.
Active in his community, William was a deacon and financial secretary at the Sussex Christian Reformed Church, a treasurer with the Sussex County Agricultural Society, and a secretary and treasurer for the Sussex County Milk Producers.
Predeceased by his parents, William is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Theresa (Kuperus) Garris and two sons, Christopher and his wife Vicki of Sioux Center, IA, and Justin and wife Courtney Garris of Newton, NJ. He is also survived by the joys of his life, his five grandchildren Leena, Clint, Lacey, Skylar, and Austin Garris; as well as his brothers Tom and wife Beth Garris of Bloomfield, NJ, and Joe and Diana Garris of Newton; and sister Jill and her husband Ron of Albuquerque, NM.
Visitation for William will be held on Sunday, March 10th, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8PM at the Ferguson Funeral Home, 27 Third Street, Sussex, NJ 07416. A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 11th, 11AM at the Christian Reformed Church, 49 Unionville Road, Sussex, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Northwest Christian School, 92 Route 519, Newton, NJ 07860.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, March 10th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, March 10th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Ferguson Funeral Home
    27 Third Street
    SUSSEX, NJ 07461
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  • Second Visitation

    Sunday, March 10th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Sunday, March 10th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Ferguson Funeral Home
    27 Third Street
    SUSSEX, NJ 07461
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  • Service

    Monday, March 11th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, March 11th, 2019 11:00am
    Sussex Christian Reformed Church
    49 Unionville Ave.
    SUSSEX, NJ 07461
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    Pastor John Kuperus


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R Jackson

Posted at 10:00am
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Posted at 03:15pm
My sincere condolences for the loss of your Husband. I know that losing a mate suddenly can be difficult.
What has helped me is the hope given in the Bible at Jo 5:28,29 where God will remember our dead loved ones and will bring them back to life on earth. Ps 37:11,29
Imagine the day when there are no more tears of sorrow and death and pain I’ll be gone forever. Rev 21:3,4
May you find comfort in these promises.

Donald Kievit

Posted at 07:36am
I just learned today of Bill's passing. I didn't make it to church this Sunday and didn't find out till this morning of his passing. Very saddened and shocked. Bill was with me for the 14 hour trip to Alabama and back. I learned a lot about cows that trip. When we got there Bill and I were also helpers in the kitchen together. He also helped out with the Cadet's pine wood derby for many years and we thank him for that. Terri, you and your family are in my prayers. Don Kievit

John Keizer

Posted at 03:40pm
Bill, you signed my pay checks for 20 years.
you kept up with the always-changing, record keeping requirements
and government regulations.
you were a caring presence as a deacon while serving on the Sussex CRC council.
you always had a friendly smile, an encouraging word, a tidbit of information,
and a positive perspective.
you asked me about my hawk-watching on sunrise mountain.
you were a reflection of God's image just by being yourself.
you were a means of God's grace to me and to many.
Whatever you did was always well-organized and ready in advance.
And so, while your absence from us here is so deeply felt,
we know that you have merely gone ahead to be with Jesus our Faithful Savior
in whose presence we will meet again.

Pastor John and Delores Keizer


Kate Lorenzo

Posted at 04:52am
I am so saddened to hear about Bill’s passing. I have known Mr. Garris since I was a child, where he’d either come to the farm for work or he’d be at our 4-H meetings. In the recent years I always enjoyed our conversations each summer at the fair. Bill was such an amazing man, a man who served and always helped others. He will be greatly missed and thought about often.

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