After a courageous battle with ALS, Garry Benjamin Williams, 64, of Inman, SC (formerly of Robbins, NC) went home to be with the Lord on May 16, 2016.  He attended Newspring Church in Boiling Springs, SC.  His formative years were spent in Rock Hill Friends Church and held influence throughout his life as he grew in his relationship with Christ.

He was born to Worthy "Sugar Tom" and Carol Williams on March 2, 1952.  He was preceded in death by his mother in 2014.

After graduating from North Carolina State University in 1974 with a degree in Computer Science, he accepted a position with Milliken & Company in Spartanburg, SC. He remained with Milliken for 38 years, retiring as Director of Information Technology in 2011. Garry appreciated interesting challenges, which he encountered and enjoyed during his years with Milliken.  He was well respected and loved by his co-workers who have regularly visited with him during his battle with ALS.

Garry enjoyed spending time with his loving wife Patsy (Pat) Eller Williams, his loving son Gary Chad Williams of Seagrove, daughter-in-law Laura and grandchildren Layla and Owen. He also enjoyed time with his step-daughter Ginger Case and her husband Thomas of Inman, SC. Porsha and Roxy, his furry four-legged friends, held a special place in his heart and they will miss him.

He was extremely talented in every aspect of his life whether he was building a computer, a house or rebuilding a car.  Auto racing was in his bloodline and some of his favorite weekends were spent participating in racing functions.

In addition to his dear family mentioned above, Garry is loved and survived by three brothers: Edwin (Ruth), Lynn (Linda) and Tommy (Lisa) Williams of Robbins and three sisters: Linda "Susie" Kearns (Charles), Vicky Strider (Barney) of Robbins and Darlene Samples (Mark) of Carthage.  He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and friends, and his loving in-laws, the Eller family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the following:  Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home, 686 Jeff Davis Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29303; Rock Hill Friends Church, 148 Rock Hill Friends Church Road, Eagle Springs, NC 27242; Robbins First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 400, Robbins, NC 27325; or to the ALS Association, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 6051, Albert Lea, MN 56007.

A celebration of his life will be led by Rev. Kenneth McNeill at Robbins First Baptist Church, 651 Hemp Street, Robbins, NC at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2016. The family will accept visitors at the church beginning one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at the Williams Family Plot at Pine Rest Cemetery in Robbins.

Kennedy Funeral Home in Robbins is assisting the family.

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  1. Chad

    I am so sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. He is well now; know that.

    Hawk and I are praying for you and your family.

    Much Love

    Tammy Lu

  2. Pat,

    I only recently learned of Garry’s illness and am deeply saddened to now hear of his passing, Garry and I were friends as well as co-workers for MANY years and I had a great deal of respect for him… I pray that God will hold you and the entir

  3. Chad just want you to know that you, Laura and the kids are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending much love.

  4. Chad,

    I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I’m thinking of you and your family and praying for you, too.

  5. Family:

    May God bless you all with good memories

    Psalms 116:15 – ‘Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.’

  6. To the family of Garry Williams,

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Garry and his family just lived up the road from us when he was growing up. Our family is deeply saddened by your loss.

    May God’s peace and comfort be with you throughout t

  7. Chad, Randy & I are so sorry for the loss of your dad. Thoughts and Prayers are with you. With love Jason’s Mom and Dad.

    Pat, We are so sorry for your loss. I know you will miss him. Thoughts and Prayers. No more suffering.

    Jason’s Mom

  8. Pat,

    Garry was such a delight to work with at Milliken. He always had a big, happy smile. May God’s love be with you always.

  9. Pat and family, I was so sorry to hear of Garry’s passing. I had recently heard that he was ill, and you guys have been in my thoughts and prayers. Garry took me under his wing when I started at Milliken and Company in 1997 and provided fertile soil for m

  10. To all of the family, our love and prayers are with you!!! Garry was a great person and we,are thankful that he isn’t suffering anymore. Prayers for God’s strength for you all

  11. To all the family we are so very sorry for you lose. Our prayers are with you all during this time of your sadness. He is with the Lord and no more pain what a Blessing that is. May you find peace knowing he is well in health now. Much love to the familie

  12. I remember Garry (and all his siblings) from my regular visits to my grandparents who lived next door to the Williams family. Garry was always a nice guy and I grieve that he (and his family) had to ensure the pain and suffering of ALS. One of our best fr

  13. Pat, I am so sorry to hear about Gry’s death. I am crushed for you and the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Takr the time ou needto heal.

    Love you.


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