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Pitt County Commissioner Jimmy Garris Selected as This Year's Graduation Speaker

Jimmy GarrisWINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College will hold its annual spring commencement May 13 with Pitt County Commissioner Jimmy Garris addressing members of the college’s 2013 graduating class.

Garris, a Pitt County native, has served as a county commissioner since he was first elected in 2002. He is currently in his third term on the board and is serving as its chairman for the second time, having also been its vice chairman twice.

As a commissioner, Garris has represented the county board on a number of committees, including the Department of Social Services Board, Pitt County Development Commission, Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce Board, EMS Oversight Committee, and the N.C. Association of County Commissioners Board.

A 1959 graduate of Winterville High School, Garris went on to attend Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting, he embarked on a 29-year career in DuPont’s Dacron Polyester Fibers Division. His many responsibilities with DuPont included planning, cost analysis, accounting, personnel, engineering, and safety health and environmental affairs before he retired in 1993.

Garris and his wife, Carolyn, a retired school teacher, have two children – Jane Hallstrand, who lives in Seattle, and Joel Garris of Orlando—and five grandsons.

In addition to his work with the county commissioners, Garris is an active member of his church, where he has served as a deacon, trustee, treasurer, finance committee member and Sunday School teacher.

Next week’s PCC graduation ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. in Minges Coliseum on the East Carolina University campus.