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T. Lyell Garland

February 5, 1924 — December 13, 2022

Spartanburg, SC

T. Lyell Garland, 98, of Spartanburg, SC, died December 13, 2022, at Hospice House of the Carolinas in Forest City, NC. Born February 5, 1924, in Village, VA, he was the son of the late James Vincent and Madie Vanlandingham Garland.

Mr. Garland was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II and retired from Royster Fertilizer and Chemical Company after 35 years of service. A member of Morningside Baptist Church, he served as a deacon and was a member of the Royal Sunday School Class. He was a member of Westmoreland Masonic Lodge #212, Kinsale, VA, a volunteer at Total Ministries, Mobile Meals Service, and Spartanburg Regional Gibbs Cancer Center. His dedicated and caring spirit was recognized in the community as a recipient of the Caring for the Carolinas Award and the Volunteer of the Year for RSVP (Retired Seniors Volunteers Program).

Survivors include his loving wife of 74 years, Shirley Sayre Garland; daughters, Twyla Lyell Garland Nelson and her husband the Rev. Dr. James J. Nelson of Winston-Salem, NC, and Rebecca Denice Garland Vassy and her husband David of Gaffney, SC; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. on Monday, December 19, 2022, at Morningside Baptist Church Welcome Center. Funeral services will follow at 12:00 noon in the church, conducted by The Rev. Dr. James J. Nelson and the Rev. Dr. Steven R. Owensby. Burial will be in Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery, Callao, VA at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Morningside Baptist Church, 897 South Pine Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302.

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Service Schedule

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Monday, December 19, 2022

10:30 - 11:30 am (Eastern time)

Morningside Baptist Church Welcome Center


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Funeral Service

Monday, December 19, 2022

Starts at 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Morningside Baptist Church

897 S Pine St, Spartanburg, SC 29302

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