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Evelyn Lesley Garrett

Evelyn Lesley Garrett
  • February 4, 1924 - September 13, 2018
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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“You have my deepest sympathy with the passing of Mrs. Garrett. The Antique shows will always have a special place in my heart. Take comfort in...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Romaine Heyward

“My deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Evelyn. How well I remember the antique shows and the Lowcountry Christmas festival. She will be missed...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Mildred Simmons - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“Dear Donna,Your mom was wonderful! She was smart, funny, intelligent, organized and wise. We shall all miss her and her knowledge in the antique...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Camille Wish - Johns Island, SC

“Donna, Meredith and family,I am sorry for your loss but know there are so many wonderful times with Evelyn (and Nelson) to remember with a smile. ...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Sherry Martschink - Summervville, SC

“So sorry for the family's loss. What a good long life she enjoyed. May you find comfort and peace in knowing that your loved one is in God's memory...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: S J


Evelyn Lesley Garrett, 94, (Mrs. Nelson Garrett) of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, wife of Nelson Furman Garrett died Thursday, September 13, 2018. Her Funeral Service will be held Thursday, September 20, 2018 in St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 405 King Street at 10:00 am. Entombment will follow in Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens, 1308 Mathis Ferry Road, Mt. Pleasant. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR, INC. Mount Pleasant CHAPEL.

Evelyn was born in Easley, SC to Robert G. Lesley and May Galloway Lesley. Upon graduating from Easley High School, she married the love of her life, Nelson Garrett. They were blessed with deep love and adoration for one another for over 70 years. Evelyn and Nelson were among the founders of Northgate Baptist Church in Greenville where they both taught Sunday School. Evelyn taught Bible classes and Nelson was a deacon. In her youth, Evelyn worked in a 5 and 10 cent store, assisted a dentist and worked in nursing at Shriners Hospital. While her husband was serving in the U.S. Army in WWII, Evelyn worked in the Signal Corps in Baltimore, MO. In the early 1950's, Evelyn opened her own business, Church Supplies, in Greenville which led to the opening of The House of Old Books. Her love of old rare books and manuscripts led to her career in the antiques business. She traveled all over the mid and eastern U. S. exhibiting in fine antiques shows for over 50 years. In Charleston, Evelyn began having antiques shows at County Hall, then moved to the new Gaillard Auditorium where she had shows for another 40 years. One of her favorite events that she created and managed was The Lowcountry Christmas Festival which was a special event where literally 1000's of Charlestonians participated in creating a happy winter wonderland. It was the largest attended trade show in SC in it's early years. Evelyn had a very long, wonderful life full of exciting adventures. She had many, many friends and adopted family members who filled her life with love.

She is survived by two daughters, Joyce Garrett Farrow of Bloomfield, NJ and Donna Garrett Kidd of Mt. Pleasant, SC; a sister, Bobbie Nalley and brother-in-law, Charles Nalley of Shelby, NC; two grandchildren, Meredith Eve Kidd of Mt. Pleasant, SC and Andrew Stephen Farrow of Bloomfield, NJ; and 4 great grandchildren, Evan Olivia Farrow of Bloomfield, NJ, Daniel Anthony Farrow; Liam Robert Hegarty and Margaret Anne Hegarty of Colorado Springs, CO. Evelyn was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Nelson Garrett, her sister, Lou Lesley Harper and her granddaughter, Dr. Katherine Farrow.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association SC Chapter, 2090 Executive Hall Road, Suite 130, Charleston, SC 29407.