GREAT FALLS -- Mrs. Ann Williamson Garris, 83, formerly of Riverview Acres, died Monday, Oct. 6, 2008, at Morningside Assisted Living in Lancaster, S.C.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the graveside at Greenlawn Cemetery in Great Falls. The Rev. Scott Smoak will officiate.
Mrs. Garris was born Dec. 19, 1925, in Jackson, Miss., a daughter of the late Walter and Izzie McDermott Williamson. She was a graduate of Centerville High School in Mississippi and Touro Infirmary in New Orleans. She was a registered nurse in Mississippi, and after moving to Great Falls, she served as Executive Assistant to the General Manager of J.P. Stevens three textile plants in Great Falls. She moved to Greenville in 1968 and was assistant manager for all J.P. Stevens stores. After retirement from Stevens, she attended Greenville Technical College and received her paralegal degree. She then earned a certified professional secretary's degree in 1970. She was a licensed real estate agent in Greenville with the Paul Goldsmith Agency and served on the Mauldin City Council. She was selected as the first outstanding young woman of Great Falls. Mrs. Garris served as a faithful member of the Great Falls Order of the Eastern Star chapter 211. As a member of Mount Dearborn UMC, she served as Sunday School treasurer, taught youth Sunday School for many years, and also was a member of the choir.
She was the widow of Dixon Jerome Garris.
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Surviving are her son, Ralph Garris and wife, Rhonda, of Great Falls; one grandson, Blake Garris of Columbia, S.C.; two sisters, Margaret Doster of Jackson, Miss., and Jean Ann Williams of Brookhaven, Miss. She was preceded in death by a brother, Lawrence Henry.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Dantzler-Baker Funeral Home, 26 Underwood Ave., Great Falls.
Memorial donations may be made to Mount Dearborn UMC, P.O. Box 246, Great Falls, SC 29055.
Condolences to the family may be made online at www.dantzlerbakerfuneralhome.com.