J. Willis Garman Sr., 96, Ephrata, owned Garman’s Garage, enjoyed hunting, racing

By on January 7, 2015

J. Willis Garman Sr., 96, of Ephrata, passed away Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, at HCR Manor Care in Pottstown.

He was born in Ephrata Twp. to the late Jacob R. and Maude (Spangler) Garman and was the husband of the late Verna M. (Meckley) Garman, who died in 1991.

He was the co-founder of the Cobb’s Hollow Hunting Club in Coudersport and he resided in Ulysses Twp. for many years. He was involved with drag racing in the earlier years with his late son, Sidney. He enjoyed hunting and NASCAR racing, and was a collector of classic Chevrolet cars and trucks.

Willis owned and operated Garman’s Garage from 1945 to 1987, which continued to be operated by his family until July of 1991. He also owned and operated Long Distance Trucking from 1974 to 1982, and was a milk hauler from 1950 to 1982.

Willis is survived by two sons: Willis Garman Jr., husband of Janet (Longenecker) Garman of Coudersport; and Dale, husband of Paula (Foltz) Garman of Ephrata; a daughter: Darla J. Sergeant of Denver, Colo.; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a brother: Gilbert B. Garman of Hollywood, Fla.; and a sister: Beatrice O’Connell of Mountville.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two sons: Sidney and Gale Garman; three brothers: Lester, Allen and Richard Garman; and two sisters: Pauline G. Shirk and Ruth Jane Hamaker.

Services were held Jan. 2 at Roseboro Stradling Funeral Home, Denver, with Pastor Henry E. Herbener Jr. officiating. Interment took place in the Memory Gardens Memorial Cemetery.

Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at roseborostradling.com.

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