Alanna Nykole Garris

August 15, 2006February 22, 2013
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New Bern, NC

Alanna Nykole Garris, 6, of New Bern, died February 22, 2013.

She was a first grader at Brinson Elementary School and she loved to ride horses, riding her bike, reading and planting flowers. Alanna was a special little singer at Bridgeton Pentecostal Holiness Church. Our loss is surely Heavens gain.

Alanna is survived by her parents, Alan Garris of Vanceboro; and Amber Brook Sandvig Garris; one brother, Alan Blaze Garris, both of New Bern; her half sister, Payton Nycole Lee of Bridgeton, her paternal grandparents, Joyce Taylor of Bridgeton; and Billy Garris, of Pitt Co., paternal great-grandparents, Louise and Fred Stout of Pitt Co., maternal grandparents, Merri Mobley and Michael Sandvig, both of New Bern; maternal great-grandparents, Jeannette Sanderson, and Doris Sandvig, both of New Bern; and Defoid Mobley, of Pink Hill . She is also survived by her uncles, Chris Sandvig of New Bern; Robbie Garris and Michael Garris, both of Bridgeton; Zak Long of Bridgeton; and Ricky Barfield of Vanceboro.

Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 Monday, March 4, 2013 at Bridgeton Pentecostal Holiness Church. Services will be at 11:00 am Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at the church. Burial will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be made to the Garris and Sandvig families at


  • Visitation Monday, March 4, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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March 21, 2014

I wish I could kiss you and hug you tight right now. I love you and miss you so much , and Mommy does too!

Lorrie Kennedy

March 11, 2014

Alanna, I miss you so much and everyday when I look at Blaze I see you. Each morning that he wakes up and says good morning I thank God that he has given Blaze to me and Uncle Johnny to love for a time. I also wish that it were you and Blaze here with us, laughing and playing in the yard with me, Uncle Johnny and Jesse. But I know you are in a much happier place, walking with Jesus every day. Your time with us here was well spent sweetie, and you had done what you were meant to do. The tragedy of losing you will not be in vain Alanna, I will do all I can to see to that. So many lesson were meant to be learned, so many lives were meant to be changed by your loss...and I pray every day that the lesson was received by us all.

Your little Blaze is not so little anymore. He is 3 1/2 now and he will never forget you. Just today, as we were looking at a set of new bunk beds for him, he got on the top one and said 'this one is mine, and the bottom one is for 'My Nan'. He knows you are in Heaven with Jesus, but he still wants to share everything he has with you. He looks at your pictures often, and he remembers you when he gets candy or something special. He always wants to make sure you get some too. We talk about you not being 'on earth', and he says he wants to be in Heaven too. I let him know that he can go there one day too, when God is ready for him and his job here on 'earth' is done. He is ok with that thought, but he never forgets his Sissy. And he ALWAYS call you 'MY NAN'. You belonged to him, he is sure of it. :)

Alanna, I promise you that I will take care of Blaze for you (for as long as God allows him to be with us). I will love him just as much as anyone ever can. I will teach him to be a great man. A man that knows God, that has integrity, that loves, and that doesn't judge. A man that forgives others, and holds no grudges. You will be proud of him as he gets older.

Oh, he talks so well now. You would be amazed. I remember the last time you and Blaze and Mommy were here together, and we were sitting around the table eating supper. He was talking and talking and talking and no one could understand him, no one but you that is. We were all laughing so hard, and he made the whole meal like a comedy act with his expressions. Well, he still does all of that, but now we can understand everything he says. He is hilarious! I know you and he would be so close if you were here. He loves you so much.

I know you see everything from the streets of Heaven's, and I pray that you are smiling down at us, and that you KNOW, and you see how much you are loved and missed. You are never far from my thoughts, and when you stray from them, I look at Blaze and there you are again. I love you my sweet grand-niece. Kiss Jesus for me.

Aunt Lorrie

Tracey Green

March 8, 2014

Thoughts and prayers are still with you all..Surely God as an amazing angel in heaven with Him...God Bless you all!!

March 6, 2014

Missing my Baby Girl tonight!
Meme misses you so bad!

February 13, 2014

We miss you so much!
All our love Nan!
To the moon and back!

Mommy and Blaze.

February 2, 2014

Baby Girl,
Your Meme sure does miss you.

In my heart forever and always!
I love you!


December 25, 2013

It's Christmas day today baby girl And Meme misses your smile and your laugh. You are with the one that this day is for. I know it has to be a glorious time there.
We love you and you are so missed here. I pray I see you sooner than later.
Mommy says she loves and misses you so much, To the moon and back!


December 18, 2013

I love you and miss you so awful much.
You were MEME's Sunshine! The apple of my eye! I know you are happy and more beautiful than ever.
I pray that i see you sooner than later.

...and Mommy loves you to the moon and back and misses you as well.
In our hearts and on our minds! Forevver!


November 23, 2013

Hey sweet girl. I talked to mommy today and she misses you so much. G-ma bought me a bench today for Christmas to put in the flower garden that I am doing in memory of you. We miss you sweet girl and love you very much. RIP Nan


November 22, 2013