Wife of Clarendon County Sheriff dies following battle with pulmonary disease

Published: Jul. 29, 2015 at 11:39 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 8, 2015 at 11:39 PM EDT
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CLARENDON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Barbara Brock Garrett, 56, wife of Sheriff Randy L. Garrett, Jr. died Wednesday following a battle with pulmonary disease.

Strong in her faith in and love for God, Barbara did not fear death but mourned leaving a large family that she loved immensely.

Barbara's greatest legacy to her family and friends was to appreciate the gift of time.

She once said, "I believe that a person who has been given the diagnosis of a terminal illness really has a second chance in so many ways. For me, being ill has been good in many ways ... it has brought me closer to God, taught me a lot about forgiveness, and made me realize that one of THE most important things in life is TIME."

Outside of her family, Barbara's greatest pride was in her 24-year career in law enforcement communications. Beginning at the Clarendon County 911 Center, Barbara retired from the South Carolina Highway Patrol in 2013, where she served as Communications Manager for Troop 5, covering Florence, Dillon, Marion, Darlington, Marlboro, Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties. She was named Telecommunications Operator of the Year once in Clarendon County and three times with the S.C. Highway Patrol.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Baptist Church with the Revs. Jessie Brock and Steven Gilchrist officiating. Burial will follow in Clarendon Memorial Gardens.

The S.C. Highway Patrol Honor Guard will serve as pallbearers. Clarendon County Law Enforcement and the S.C. Highway Patrol will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the S.C. Troopers Association, 4961 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29212.

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