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Charles M. Garber Sr.

September 11, 1933October 30, 2020

Charles M. Garber Sr., 87 passed away peacefully on October 30th, 2020 in his home. He was born on September 11, 1933, in Iota, LA and was a longtime resident of Morgan City, LA. A 1951 graduate from Morgan City High School. Charles later attended SLI in Lafayette, La. While in college he married the love of his life, Joan Garber. He lettered in football and graduated in 1955 with a business degree. After college, Charles came home to Morgan City and went to work renting a 2” pump around the local area. Later, he salvaged a boat and started Garber Brothers in Berwick, LA. and years after that, started Offshore Energy Services in Broussard, LA. Throughout his life in Morgan City, Charles developed great lifelong friendships. Charles dearly loved his family, the city he called home and the wonderful people who abide there.

Charles will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 66 years, Joan Drackett Garber; his four children, Gary Garber and wife, Rhonda, of Berwick, LA. Kimberly Garber of Charlotte, N.C., Charles Garber, Jr. and partner, Rodney, of Morgan City, LA, Roy Garber and wife, Brenda, of Berwick, LA.; five grandchildren, Grant Garber, Ivan Garber, Jaclyn Garber, Elizabeth Garber, and Thomas Garber; two great-grandchildren, Aubrey Garber and Carter Dupre; and a brother, Kenneth Garber, Sr. He is also survived by a dear friend, Gordan Francis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles R. Garber and Marie M. Garber and a sister, Anna Garber Landry. The family would like to thank his caregivers, Deborah, Regina, Maria and Jackie for their love and support during his illness as well as the many others who’ve given their support.

A time of Visitation will be held at the Fairview Plantation located on 130 Fairview Drive in Berwick on Saturday October 31, 2020 from 1:00 pm until 5:00pm. On Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 11:15 am, an outdoor Mass will be held for Charles at the Fairview Plantation. Family will begin receiving guest in preparation for the Mass at 10:30am. Following services, Charles will be laid to rest in the Morgan City Cemetery.

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    Sunday, November 1, 2020

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Freddie Fondren

November 3, 2020

I owe this man for many reasons. He gave me my first real career opportunity right out of college. I also owe him technically for myself existing. Mr Charlie and my dad were best friends at a young age. My dad had a scholarship to play football at LSU, Mississippi and Mississippi State, but my dad followed his buddy Charlie Garber to SLI now (U of Louisiana)If my dad didn’t follow Mr Charlie he would have never met my mom and I would not exist. Thanks for all you have done for me Mr Charlie and Garber family.

Clint Morgan

November 1, 2020

My condolences to the Garber family. Mr Charley was a pioneer in the oilfield and employed thousands of people over his career. He loved to have a good time and enjoyed seeing his businesses grow. He will be missed by so many.

RIP Mr Charley, until we meet again.

Clint Morgan
Former OES Manager

Brad Garber

November 1, 2020

My cousin Charlie (A.K.A - “The Big Guy”) gave me my first real job, starting in High School and extending into my college years. During my time working for Offshore Mud Movers and Garber Bros., , Charlie was the best boss any body could hope for - not that I received any special treatment just because I was his cousin- (I started out unloading sacks of Barite out of train box cars and cleaning out the bottom of mud tanks), but he was a great boss because he taught me many important “life lessons”:
Hard work, treating all people with respect and kindness, how to successfully run a business with high integrity and ethics, the importance of working together as a team, promotion based on performance, dealing with adversity and the ability “to turn a setback into a Victory “ the importance of Family , and probably the most important lesson - life can be unpredictable so don’t forget to have some fun!!
Working for Charlie and Kenny though the years was a blessing to me in many ways, including their generous financial assistance allowing me to pay for my college and post-graduate education.. Toward the end of my work experience, as I sat at my desk as a dispatcher, Charlie came in one day and said
“Why don’t you take that desk with you” - I loved that desk and I used it during four years studying many long hours at medical school.
Thank you My Cousin for your kindness to me . You can be proud that you raised a great family and they “Stand on your Shoulders” and exhibit fantastic values that were a hallmark of your life!! Rest In Peace and I know The Lord will ask you for the formula for that “Black Magic” mud concoction before he lets you into the pearly gates.
With Love and Respect
Brad Garber

Merinda Leger

October 31, 2020

I’m so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy and prayers are with all of you.
Love,
Merinda Leger

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