Franklin Garris

January 25, 1928 - November 21, 2008

01/25/1928 - 11/21/2008

Past Services

Monday November 24, 2008
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Tuesday November 25, 2008
Forest Lawn Cemetery
8100 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23505
757-441-1753 | Directions
Tuesday November 25, 2008
2:00 pm
Norfolk Garden Baptist Church
6235 Azalea Garden Road
Norfolk, VA
757-853-8942 | Directions

Norfolk; Franklin Garris, 80, of Norfolk passed away Friday November 21, 2008.

He was born in Norfolk the son of the late John and Cordelia Garris. Mr. Garris graduated from Blair Junior School and was a 1948 Graduate of Maury High School. He retired from Virginia Power after over forty years of service as a cable splicer. He was a member of IBEW. Mr. Garris was a member of Norfolk Garden Baptist Church since 1973. Mr. Garris was a former member of Baptist Tabernacle Church and Azalea Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, sang in the Church Choir and was a Sunday School Teacher for both. He was a Cub Scout leader and a Weeblos Director. He loved camping, fishing and rooting for the Dallas Cowboys.

He is survived by his wife Frances Garris who he married May 20, 1949; daughter, Deborah Sebastian and her husband Jerry; brother, Jimmy Garris and his wife Barbara; his sister in law , Barbara Corvello and her husband Richard; Sister-in-law, Millie Garris; three granddaughters and three great granddaughters; several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by three children, Diane, Douglas, and David, and a brother, John W. Garris.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 2:00 PM at Norfolk Garden Baptist Church 6235 Azalea Garden Road Norfolk. Pastor David Hillis, D.D. will officiate. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Friends may view Monday from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Altmeyer Funeral Home 5792 Greenwich Road Virginia Beach. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the family home, 8057 Lynnbrook Ct., Norfolk. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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Tracy Wolfington
8 years ago

Beloved Husband, Father, Uncle, Friend, You are greatly missed!!

Tracy, John, Ray, Jesse, Kaitlin and Travis

Jimmie & Barbara Garris
8 years ago

Dear Frances and family,

Our hearts go out to you as we share your loss.

Jimmie and Barbara

Dan & Pam Rathbun
8 years ago


We pray for comfort in this time of difficult loss of your loving husband.

We take great comfort, as Christians, that one day, knowing we will see brother Frank again.

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Stephanie & Seth Creekmore
8 years ago

My brother and I just wanted to send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Daddy thought the world of Frankie and enjoyed all those times together they had at Va Power. If you need anything we are here for you.

Judge Hal Bonney
8 years ago

My deepest sympathy.

I knew Frank through his brother John who was a member of The Wesleymen Bible Class. I kept up with John through him.

Hal Bonney, Wesleymen Teacher

The Heuser Family
8 years ago

Our hearts are broken having heard the news of Mr. Franks passing. He and Mrs. Francis treated us like family when we moved to Va. Mr. Frank would walk our son to school every morning. We never had to buy cookies he kept us well stocked. Even our lab stryder liked him better than us. Wonder why? We will miss his singing and his tarzan yell. He was very special, and we are truly blessed to have known him. May god bless him and his family . Our deepest condolences. With Love The Heusers Mike, Julie, Casey and Zachery.

Bill & Carol Ward
8 years ago

Sorry that we were unable to attend Frankies memorial services. He was a great person to me in the work at VEPCO,VA Power. Both Carol and I have him and the family in our minds and prayers