Kenneth Austin Garriss, of Greensboro, died June 27, 2013. He was born in Pender County to Shirley Hewett Garriss and the late L. W. Garriss on July 4, 1943. A graduate of Clinton High School, Kenneth was an extraordinarily gifted musician, and studied music at East Carolina University and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Although a promising musical career was halted by the onset of severe mental illness during his college years, Kenneth was able to enjoy music in many forms throughout his life. He was an inspiration to many, a courageous man with a sense of humor that could entertain those around him in the most delightful way.
Kenneth is survived by his mother, Shirley Hewett Garriss of Greensboro, sister Jane Garriss Watts of Burlington, brother John Garriss of Franklin, TN, sister Beth Garriss Hardy, brother-in-law Jim Hardy of Summerfield, and brother-in-law Jack Kennedy of Clinton. He was preceded in death by his father, L.W. Garriss, sister Phyllis Garriss Kennedy, brother-in-law Bill Watts, and nephew Kevin Watts. Also surviving are nieces Dena Watts, Melinda Watts Billings, Kim Garriss O’Neil, nephews Michael Kennedy, Gregg Kennedy, Jeffrey Garriss, and many other loving relatives and supportive friends and care-givers. He was especially fortunate to have special care-giver, Troy Richards, providing care, love and support for the last year of his life.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., July 13, at Crumpler-Honeycutt Funeral Home, 118 Fayetteville Street, Clinton, NC. Memorial contributions in Kenneth’s memory may be made to Servant’s Heart, 532-E North Regional Road, Greensboro, NC, 27409; NAMI North Carolina, 309 W. Millbrook Road, Suite 121, Raleigh, NC, 27609; or Disability Rights North Carolina, 2626 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC, 27608.
Crumpler-Honeycutt Funeral Home of Clinton is serving the Garriss family.