Samuel Gray Garwood

  • Born: August 9, 1941
  • Died: August 5, 2020
  • Location: Hanahan, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Northwoods Chapel

2180 Greenridge Road
North Charleston, SC 29406

Tel. (843) 572.2339

Tribute & Message From The Family

Samuel Gray Garwood, 79, of Hanahan, South Carolina, husband of Karen Moore Garwood entered into eternal rest Wednesday, August 5, 2020. His private memorial service will be held Saturday, August 8, 2020 in J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Northwoods Chapel, 2180 Greenridge Road.

Gray was born August 9, 1941 in Blakley, Georgia, son of the late Samuel Garwood and the late Eleanor Loback Garwood. He was a retired State Farm Insurance Agent, a member of Cooper River Baptist Church and an avid golfer.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Garwood of North Charleston, SC; two sons, William Grant Garwood (Charnae) of North Charleston, SC and Sammy Garwood (Shirley) of Four Oaks, NC; daughter, Kim Garwood of North Charleston, SC; two brothers, Bernard Garwood and Galen Garwood; two grandchildren, Julian Garwood and Jaina Garwood.

Memorials may be made to Cooper River Baptist Church, 1059 Crawford Street, North Charleston, SC, 29405.

Condolence & Memory Journal

A new year has started and I missyou so much.All our conversations we had over the phone. Although we were miles apart and yet so close. May you have peace in heaven and find your loved ones there, out of the darkness and into the light we will be together again. You are sorely missed my dear sweet father-in-law, until we meet again!!

Posted by Shirley Massengill - Four Oaks, NC - Family   January 20, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss! Praying for strength and peace for all of you. Lean on God and know that Gray is in the beautiful heaven!!

Posted by Pamela Smith - Charlotte, NC - friend   October 08, 2020

God loaned you to me for almost 34 years. God called you to come home. I didn't want to let you go but my dear husband, friend, and my rock I know you are at peace. I miss you so. All My Love,

Posted by karen garwood - Hanahan, SC - Spouse   September 05, 2020

I am so sad to hear the news of grays passing. Although I never met him personally, I had worked with Gray for many, many years. He was a great adjuster and Person. I will truly miss him. May peace be with him and his family.

Posted by Dawn Szaflarski - Plymouth, MI - Coworker   August 11, 2020

Gray was a friend and co-worker from a long way back. He brought much joy and laughter into our lives and into the lives of so many others who were fortunate to call him friend. He will be missed. Rest in peace old friend.

Posted by Bill Moriarty - Louisville, KY - friend   August 11, 2020

A Gray Garwood was in the band with me at The High School of Charleston and we were wonderful friends, practicing with the band and riding round in my old Ford. He was kind and lots of fun. Could this have been that Gray Garwood. I would have loved to have gotten togehter with him again if I had known where he was. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Anna Taylor Blythe - Adams Run, SC - Acquaintance   August 09, 2020

I was a longtime coworker of Gray but more important we were friends.
Over the last few months we're trying to get together for lunch but finally decided due to our health issues (I have cancer) it wasn't the best time.
I honestly regret not getting together at one of our homes.

Gray was always there to answer questions for me when I was working and he made me laugh.
I am sorry he has gone from this world but as a Christian, I know he has gone to be with God

I wanted you to know that Gray had touched my life.

Jeannie Moore

Posted by Jeannie Moore    August 09, 2020

Karen, I am so sorry for your loss. Gray was a good friend to all of us for over 40 years and he will be missed, but never forgotten! May you find peace in knowing he has been received HOME! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Butchie Phillips

Posted by Ilona Phillips - Hendersonville, NC - Friend   August 08, 2020

R.I.P. my friend.

Posted by Charlie Freeman - North Charleston, SC - Friend   August 08, 2020

Our prayers are with your family in honor of Gray. May he rest in eternal peace.

Posted by bette Gibson - Hanahan, SC - Neighbor   August 08, 2020

Your wider journey has begun. Find our brother and light the light. We'll find you. Rest in peace, dearest brother.

Posted by Galen Garwood - Port Townsend, WA - Brother   August 08, 2020

I know he will be missed by many, because I miss him. Were I able to be there I would tell all his family and friends that he was a good man who took care of his family. I loves him.

Posted by Stan Jaskiewicz - Mt. Pleasant, SC - Friend   August 07, 2020

Mary Ann and I send our condolences.
Gray was a great friend!
Rest In Peace.

Posted by Robert Pierce - Six Mile, SC - Friend   August 07, 2020

To my long time friend, may you Rest In Peace and thanks for all the great times we shared. It was a pleasure also working with you at the Farm. Our prayers and sympathies to your family.

Posted by Sam and Sue King - Aiken, SC - Friend   August 07, 2020


Karen and Family,
Was so sorry to hear of Gray's passing. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
Genny McKinney

Posted by Genny McKinney - GA - friend   August 07, 2020

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Life Stories

Hello everyone.
I wish to sincerely thank you all for being here to honor the memory of the most extraordinary man I ever knew, my father.

To know him was to respect all that he had become, his integrity had no bounds or restraints. He learned the value of this trait as most of us do; through hard work, dedication to giving it your all, and most important, honesty. His golden rule.
What ever he set his mind on to accomplish, even when he didn't know how, he'd achieve. He never knew the word quit and he would not except it from us.

He taught us that one's word was more valuable than any possessions one may acquire in their lifetime. He is and will always be my best friend in so there was nothing we couldn't talk about. I was looking forward to whipping him on the golf course and pleasantly teased him each Sunday during our morning talks. I know now that each time I step out and look down a fairway or study a green, I'll hear his taunting.

Two weeks ago I tried to call him at the office and tell him I'd been woken at 4.00am by the overwhelming presence of, what I realized could only be an Angel speaking to my conscious. I was lucid and awake and knew I was experiencing something I'd long denied. Little did I know he was taken to the hospital having had a complication from so many procedures the night this happened to me.
     I personally have faced death many many times and so When I found out he was not well, it reinforced what I'm going to tell you here today. As with so many times in our fathers past, he overcame his challenges and came home having beat all the odds once again by some superhuman determination that I am only now learning to understand, respect, and achieve.

A few days later when I got him on the phone I told him he was going to be ok, to not be afraid anymore. That he had Angels looking over him, that he was not alone the other night. That this life is only the beginning of wonders in Glory we have all dreamed of.
He told me and others how scared he was of dyeing that night but I assured him that he was not to be afraid anymore, that this was in no way the end. He sat in silence and I could tell he was listening carefully.

He fought an amazing battle and one of the things his angel told me was I'm still here because my work here is not yet complete, my time has not come having faced dangers beyond description, that I still have work to do. When I realized what was happening in the early hours two weeks ago, a strange comfort settled over my soul and I knew there was no work left for my father to do, that his time was approaching. Little did I know he had one more task. He continued to sit quietly on the phone with me and listened to my story without comment. I could hear his breathing through the phone and I asked if he was ok? In the stillness between us I knew our eyes had filled with tears and no words were necessary. It was this silent understanding between us that I will treasure always. In a strange way, we were saying goodbye.

I find great comfort in my grieving knowing an Angel, his Angel pulled me from my sleep to deliver a message of Glory and hope. Daddy was a great man who would help anyone. He never stopped looking out for others until his final breath. The world and our lives have been made better as a result of knowing him and his rare smile but gentle heart. I will certainly miss out Sunday morning talks and I am hopeful my brother and I can fulfill Daddy's final request, that we can make that drive together and meet with his brothers on a mountain. Daddy's mountain.

Grant told me that our father never looked so at peace as he did the other day. Complete rest he said. He described it as uncanny. I personally believe he was in the presence of God's messengers providing him with the reassurance and comfort of the Glory of Heaven. I am certain heaven was upon all of them who were there looking over him as he rested like never before. A rest we will all come to know.

I'll close by saying to you all my father was a powerful force to recon' with. gentle and kindhearted in his own special way. His work here was complete and the extraordinary love of Christ has made a way for him to reach his mountain. I am certain we will see you on that mountain Daddy so keep a sharp eye out for us as you always have.

Your loving son.