Charles William "Chuck" Carris died March 21, 2014 at St. Vincent's Hospital in Erie, Pa., following a brief illness due to complications from heart surgery.
He was born in Ripley, NY on Aug. 4, 1930 to the late Edgar and Irene (Perdue) Carris. He received his early education in a one-room schoolhouse in Stateline, NY and graduated from Ripley Central School in 1948 in the top ten of his class.
On Feb. 2, 1951, he married Winifred "Ted" Pitt in Tampa, FL. Chuck and Ted returned to Ripley where they raised their children. They still operated a fruit farm on Carris Road in Ripley for over sixty years and grew peaches, apples, blue-berries and grapes. While Ted was overseeing the operation of the farm, Chuck would be off delivering and visiting with his customers in Western NY, Western PA and Eastern Ohio.
Chuck was an active member of the Ripley Unit-ed Methodist for over sixty years. He was Sunday School teacher and a Lay Leader. He will be remembered as loving the Lord and was a devout Christian willing to share his faith with many, many folks. During his lifetime, Chuck was a fifty-year plus member of the Ripley and Pomona Grange, the State and National Granges, the Ripley Rod and Gun Club, the Farm Bureau and The Gideons International.
Chuck greatly enjoyed hosting various picnics and family reunions on the farm. Early in the morning, you would find Chuck at Meeders having coffee and talking with his friends. He was an avid reader, enjoyed deer hunting, followed local high school sports and traveling.
Besides his wife, Chuck is survived by his son, C. Jeffrey Carris and daughters, Wanda (James) Carmany and Lynn (Carter) Stetson. He is further survived by his four grandchildren, Paul and Joe Carmany of Lynchburg, VA, Lindsay Stetson of Roxboro, NC and Garrett Stetson of Liverpool, NY.
Chuck was predeceased by two brothers, Gerald and Ellsworth Carris; and four sisters, Nellie Janes, Emma Smith, Betty Becker-ink and Marvel Lawson.
Chuck's funeral service will be on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Ripley United Methodist Church will Pastor Craig Buelow officiating. Relatives and friends were invited to attend the service and call at the Mathews Funeral Home, 104 West Main Street, Ripley, NY on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Interment will be at the South Ripley Cemetery at the family's convenience.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ripley United Methodist Church and/or The Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nash-ville, TN 37214-0800, in Charles' memory would be appreciated by the family. All arrangements have been made by Michael Robert Fantauzzi, Director.