Mavis Yvonne Garris

Yvonne Harris Garris met her Savior face to face on February 24, 2022.

She was born September 23, 1941, in Pitt County, NC, to parents Jimmie and Sue Mae Harris.  Her parents preceded her in death, as did her sister Lillie Mae Case and brother Mack Julian Harris, Sr.  Yvonne graduated Farmville High School in 1959 and was married to George W. Garris, Jr. for 27 years before his passing in 1986. She is survived by three daughters, Beth Germano (John), Becky Palalay (Tony) and Bonnie Stewart (Daniel), eight grandchildren, Rebekah, David, Timothy, Jacob, Stephen, Caleb, Mary and James, and thirteen great grandchildren.  One of her greatest blessings was her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  They fondly called her MaMa and filled her heart with joy.

She was a long-time member of Bethel Baptist Church, Hampton, where she used her exceptional piano talent for many years accompanying congregational and special music.  She also served faithfully in the Youth Ministry for many years and loved working with the young people.

Her funeral service will be at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 27, at Bethel Baptist Church, 1647 Briarfield Road, Hampton, VA  23669, officiated by Pastor Lloyd Donica and Pastor Roland Venable.  A time of receiving friends will follow the service.  A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, at Hollywood Cemetery in Farmville, North Carolina.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Bethel Baptist Church Youth Ministry at the address shown above.


  1. Vincent Pope

    We have lost a wonderful person, but Heaven gained one. From watching me in the nursery as an infant and toddler, to watching my children grow up “Mrs. Garris” has played a vital role in many lives, including mine, and my families’ . While the news of her passing is sad, everyone can rejoice knowing her final destination, and the reunion with loved ones gone on before her. We send our love and condolences to the family.

    The Pope Family

    • Becky Palalay

      Thank you Vince for your sweet words about our mother, sparking many special memories. She loved your family and we know you all over her!

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