In Memoriam
Garen  Wayne  Marris
Sequoyah Student 1970s


    Garen "Rooster" Wayne Marris , (Seq. Class of 1971) age 60, of Ardmore, Okla. went to be with his Creator on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at his home in Ardmore. Services were Friday, April 27, at the Southwest Baptist Church in Ardmore with Pastor Brad Taylor officiating. Interment followed in McAlister Cemetery.

    Garen was born December 25, 1951, at the Hardy Sanitarium in Ardmore, to Christian Marris and Imogene (Baptiste) Marris. He married Evelyn Gayle Crowder on April 16, 1982.

     Rooster joined the Oklahoma National Guard Reserves where he served several years. He worked for Stockdale Plumbing as a journeyman plumber for several years. He later became a driver for the SORTS bus and later a security guard for Big Five. He enjoyed spending time with his church family and going to any gospel singing. His favorite fun time was spending time with his children and grandchildren always having game night every Friday night. Rooster was a member of the Southwest Baptist Church.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Michael “Moshe” Marris and Billy Eugene Marris; sister, Maxine Marris; brother-in-law, Sam Thompson; son, Emmett Ray Battiest; grandson, Raymond Nedd; granddaughter, Alison Nedd; and three uncles, Ralph Marris, Leonard Marris and Bennett Marris.

    He is survived by his wife, Evelyn of the home; children, Mira Battiest of Carthage, Miss., Jackie Matthews of Carthage, Miss., Christina Marris, Lucinda Marris, Conrad Nedd Jr., and Michelle Marris-Knight and husband, Patrick, all of Ardmore; sister, Norma Marris of Ardmore; three aunts, Lula Parker, Lela Cooper and Ali Johnson and husband, James “Jay”; 18 grandchildren; three nieces; three great-nieces; four great-nephews; and a host of family and friends.

    Serving as pallbearers will be Arlie Marris, Harry Marris, Phil Marris, Quentin “Scotty” Scott, Jose Ibarra and Tony Marris. Honorary bearers are Harold “Popo” Marris, Garen “Miko” Thompson, Conrad Nedd Sr., Victor Amador, Marcus Wilmond, Mark Joe, Omar Mendoza, Ronnie Sampson and the Overbrook Rockets.