Carl E. “C.J.” Garris III

Jul 23rd, 1981 - Nov 18th, 2021
Carl E. “C.J.” Garris III

Carl E. Garris III “CJ”, age 40, of Herrin, Illinois,  passed away Thursday, November 18, 2021 at his home.


Carl was born July 23, 1981 in Carbondale, Illinois, a son of Carl and Pamela R. Garris II.  He graduated Herrin High School 1999.  He attended John A. Logan College with a Associates Degree in Nursing.  He worked as a LPN at Herrin Hospital. He loved the medical field and helping others.  His dream was to return to school and work as a registered nurse or an PA.  CJ enjoyed bowling, fishing, and playing pool with his friends.  CJ was of the Baptist Faith and attended Southern Illinois Worship Center.    


He is survived by his parents Carl E. and Pamela R. (Willis) Garris II.;  one daughter, Skylar B. Milani of Montgomery, AL; one sister, Christal (Lee) Hillard of Blue Springs, MO; an aunt, Charlotte Farley of Herrin, IL, niece Brittany (Jonny) Pedersen of Independence, MO, niece Ashley (Brian)Curd of Lone Jack, MO, nephew Joseph (Stephani) Hillard of San Diego, CA, niece Emily (Tanner) Bury of Pleasant Hill, MO, niece Caitlin Hillard of Blue Springs, MO, niece Lauren Hillard of Blue Springs, MO, 5 Great Nephews, several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Numerous friends, his best buddy Billy Gooden and his furbaby Appollo


Preceded by his Maternal Grandparents Walter and Alma Willis, Paternal Grandparents Carl and Alice Garris 

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.  Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin is assisting the family with arrangements.

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11 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Rocco Varacalli

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: November 19, 2021

    I am so sorry to read of this news. It is a very sad thing when a parent loses a child. May God’s Love comfort you these times of lose.

  • Guest: Brandy Shadowens Tyner

    From: Carterville, Illinois

    Date: November 19, 2021

    He will be greatly missed. Sending thoughts and prayers your way Pam and Carl.

  • Guest: Moose and Debbie Smith

    From: Herin, Illinois

    Date: November 20, 2021

    Our hearts go out to Jr. and Pam and all the family. We are heartbroken for this tragic loss. Know for certain if we can do anything please let us know. May God be the Great Comforter He is to you all during this sad time. We have you in our prayers.

    Love,
    Moose & Debbie

  • Guest: Billy Gooden

    From: Carterville , Illinois

    Date: November 20, 2021

    Words will never describe the loss of this beautiful soul! I’ll never forget you brother!

  • Guest: Michael and Alta Akers

    From: Lacombe, Louisiana

    Date: November 20, 2021

    We are so sorry for the loss of CJ. He was such a great son, brother and wonderful friend. Our hearts are heavy for the loss of a beautiful soul. The family will be in our prayers during this time.

  • Guest: Leanne Johnson

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: November 20, 2021

    I was shocked when I seen this. I am so sorry for your loss. Pam and Jr. my prayers & thoughts are with you. 🙏

  • Guest: Brad Moore

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: November 20, 2021

    Jr. & Pam
    You both are in our prayers & in our hearts!
    God Bless You Both
    Love & Prayers
    Sue Moore & Brad Moore

  • Guest: Bill Burns

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: November 21, 2021

    I am so sorry for your loss. Pam and Jr. May Gods Love and Love be with you.

  • Guest: Barry Hubbard

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: November 22, 2021

    Jr & Family,

    Sincere Condolences to you and your family. Very sorry to hear of C.J.’s passing. Thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

  • Guest: Woodrow Lyell Jr.

    From: Herrin , Illinois

    Date: November 24, 2021

    He was sure a good young man. Our condolences to all his family and friends. RIP CJ.

  • Guest: john n vaughn

    From: herrin, Illinois

    Date: November 25, 2021

    so sorry!!!