Charles T. Garmon of Buffalo, a Blaw-Knox retiree and gospel music performer, died Saturday in Erie County Medical Center. He was 88.
Born in Cayce, Miss., Mr. Garmon was a welder/fabricator for Blaw Knox Food & Chemical Equipment Co., retiring after 47 years in 1987. He continued to work as an auto mechanic for various service stations until last July.
Mr. Garmon co-owned and operated Ogden & Garmon Restaurant on William Street during the 1950s. He also helped found the E-Z Esso Service Station at Jefferson Avenue and Cayuga Street and was a licensed barber during the 1950s and '60s.
He was a founding member of the Spiritual Travelers gospel group, performing throughout Western New York and Ohio during the 1950s.
He was a member of Nazareth Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include three sons, the Rev. Gentre, Dr. Franklin and Larry; two daughters, Maureen Johnson and Christine Salam; and a brother, Contee Spears.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Calvary Baptist Church, 1184 Genesee St., after a wake at 10.