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“Sending my love and sympathy. I have many wonderful memories of this fine young man. ”
1 of 17 | Posted by: Gladys Dowdell - Valrico, FL

“I too met Chuck through Mark Tippins. Chuck came to Camp Osborn for summer camp with Boy Scouts. He was my best customer at the Trading Post. ...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Elaine G Stacy - Columbus, GA

“Will be the best bat boy in heaven. One of my greatest treasures is an autographed (Chuck's autograph) April 1998 calendar of Chuck and Bobby. ”
3 of 17 | Posted by: Robert Lowrey

“I wanted all of you to know that y'all have been in my thoughts & prayers since Chuck passed away. I am so sorry I was unable to attend the...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Juli Reynolds Bruner - Albany, GA

“Vicki and family - please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time. ”
5 of 17 | Posted by: Arleeta and Ferrell Henry - GA

“I am sorry to hear about the passing of Chucky. He was a true inspiration to those he was around. He will be missed by many. I was fortunate enough...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Cole McNair - Edison, GA

“Vicki, please accept my heartfelt condolences at Chuck's passing. I remember the day he was born. I worked in Thelma Plant's office, and she sent...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Martha (Marti) Conley Holloway - GA

“Kay and Family, I was so sorry to hear about Chuck. I still remember the good times we had at Stone Mountain with Chuck, Leigh, and Elizabeth. You...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Pam Bowden

“Chuck's life was an inspiration to anyone who knew him or knew about him. Because of the incredible love and support of the McGarity Family, Chuck's...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Linda Glenn Wilburn - Greenville, GA

“Dear Kay and Vicky, I first got to know Chuck when he and my brother, Ricky Kirksey, attended summer camp at Chehaw Park. I have wonderful memories...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Mary Anne Kirksey Dykes - MS

“I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers ”
11 of 17 | Posted by: Amy Henley Moran - Pleasant Hill, NC

“We are so sorry to hear of Chuck's passing. He was a caring, loving and giving person in so many ways. Words cannot comfort your grieving hearts....Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Cathy Ivey - albany, GA - friend

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Chuck was a wonderful person and I am sure he will be remembered by everyone that was touched by his...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Jackie Griffin - Cordele, GA

“So sorry to hear of Chuck's passing. I will keep you close to my heart in the coming days. Peace. ”
14 of 17 | Posted by: Jan Robinson - Leesburg, GA

“We will miss you Chuck. Love Eddie and Jennifer ”
15 of 17 | Posted by: Eddie and Jennifer Chapman - MS

“Kay and Family, We are so sad to hear about Chuck. We have truly missed him over the years. He was a wonderful person and a blessing to get to know...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Eddie and Jennifer Chapman - MS

“Hello McGarity Family, I am so sorry for your loss.You do not know me and I have not seen Chuck since I was a teenager, but he left a lasting effect...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Tammy Reno - Stafford, VA


John Charles "Chuck" McGarity, 49, of Albany, died Friday, June 27, 2014 at Willson Hospice House, surrounded by loving family and caregivers following a brief illness.
Funeral services will be held Monday, June 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Dr. William D. "Biff" Coker, Dr. Paul Luthman and Rev. Tim Olds will officiate. Interment will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Born March 2, 1965 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Chuck was a lifelong resident of Albany. He was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church where he served as an Usher. He was a member of the Boy Scouts and was an avid participant in the Special Olympics. He graduated from Monroe High School in 1987. His first job was at Washburn's Chevron Station followed by many years working for McDonald's. In 1988, Chuck began receiving residential services from Albany ARC and was so proud to be living independently in his own apartment. In 1996, Chuck was chosen as one of Albany's Local Heroes to carry the Olympic torch when it came through town. Chuck was an avid Atlanta Braves fan and for 30 years attended their Spring Training in Florida, serving as ballboy and Honorary Team Member. He counted as his special friends, Bobby Cox, Bobby Dews and many other players and coaches. Chuck also loved Georgia Tech, especially going to football games.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Henry (Hank) McGarity, Jr. and Kitty McCaa McGarity and his brother in law, George G. Riles.
He is survived by his brother, Bob McGarity and his wife Jain of Warwick, GA, two sisters, Vicki McGarity Riles of Albany, GA, and Kay McGarity Heidt and her husband Tommy of Norcross, GA. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Eric Riles of Seattle, WA, Kathy McGarity Benton of Alpharetta, GA, Tori Riles Whiting and her husband Jay of Albany, GA, Sarah McGarity Bennett and her husband Russell of Athens, GA, Leigh Elliott Beck of Atlanta, GA, Andy Heidt and his fiancé Pam Darvirris of Seattle, WA, Caroline Heidt Baughman and her husband Tyler and 6 great nephews and 3 great nieces. He is also survived by his loving caregivers, Linda Merritt, Sara Brown, Anthony Green, Mary Johnson and Annie Brown, for whom the family will be forever grateful.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Albany ARC,PO Box 71026, Albany, GA 31708-1026, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2126 W. Edgewater Drive, Albany, GA 31707 or Willson Hospice House, 720 Foundation Lane, Albany, GA 31707.