Ray L. Garren

April 3, 1949May 14, 2020

Ray Littlejohn Garren, 71, of Greenville, SC, passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2020. He was born in Greenville, SC on April 3, 1949, and he graduated from Wade Hampton High School. He worked many years with Michelin, as a test driver, and was a charter member of Lee Road United Methodist Church.

Ray served honorably in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne from July of 1969 until July of 1970. While in the army, he received the National Defense Service Medal, a Combat Infantrymen Badge, a Vietnam Service Medal (with two Bronze Service Stars), a Bronze Star Medal, and a Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device.

Ray had a passion for the outdoors and loved to hunt, camp, and water ski. He was a football fan in general, however, he mainly loved the Clemson Tigers. Ray also enjoyed eating out, and when he did, he always ordered flavored tea.

He is survived by his two children, Kelly and Kylie Garren; one brother, Frank Garren; and one sister-in-law, Christina Garren.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Ray’s long time caregivers, Jamie Axelson and Roxanna Coifield.

Ray Garren will lie in state at Mackey Funerals and Cremations at Woodlawn Memorial Park on Saturday May 23, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Friends and family are welcome to pay their respects, but due to current restrictions, only a limited number of people will be allowed in the funeral home at any given time. A private service will be held at Woodlawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home in Anderson, SC.


  • Kelly Garren, Daughter
  • Kylie Garren, Daughter
  • Frank Garren, Brother
  • Christina Garren, Sister-in-law

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  • Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home


  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 23, 2020


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Vickie Culberson

May 19, 2020

Ray was a special a very special person and will be missed. Will & I had the pleasure of caring for Ray on the weekends when one of his caregivers needed it off. He enjoyed going to church with us and loved going out to lunch afterwards. We enjoyed caring for him.
Will Watson & Vickie Culberson

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May 19, 2020



Delia Gilmore

May 19, 2020

Kim said it all very well! When I first met Ray, it was as girlfriend/fiance of Billy, Kim's older brother. I was invited along to the family get togethers in Cheraw, & Columbia, SC & later George & Dot's Mt. home in NC. Initially Ray wasn't wheelchair bound. He was always so kind to everyone & fun to talk to! So glad we were able to go to his big family birthday bash a few yrs. ago. Getting all the cousins together again was wonderful! We love you Ray! Say hi to all relatives in Heaven❣🙏🎉

Kim Gilmore

May 19, 2020

When I was young, I had fond memories of playing games and adventures with Ray, Gil, Billy, George and Robert. My dad was one of 4 children of William & LeVegia "Momma Vee" Gilmore. The boy gene was strong in this pair: Their children Hazel, William Jr, Lamar & Dot bore all boys EXCEPT for Lamar, a girl.... Dawn. She would join in when she could, but we boys: George & Robert Holder, Frank "Gil" & Ray Garren & William "Billy" & Kim Gilmore would room the woods of Cheraw State Park, climb rocks in the Broad River in Columbia & use toy Walkie Talkies, Army surplus binoculars & do what boys do when we got together at family visits or events. Ray served in the Airborne proudly, hanging an Airborne flag inside his house when I would visit. I had a large project for Michelin in Greenville & I would go down a day early to stay with Ray, take him out to dinner and spend time with him watching O'Reilly, Fox News or sports. He was a HUGE Clemson fan & if he was not wearing an Airborne hat or jacket, most likely it was Clemson attire. What a gracious host Ray was. He always was concerned for my well being when I would overnight there. Usually a steak dinner was involved & his flavored Iced tea. Ray never complained to me about his condition. Missed his family a lot & was a true Patriot. How kind he was.... His first question to me in the mornings was "Did you sleep well?" And most nights I did. His home off of Pelham Road had a lake with ducks and Geese & I often walked his dog in that peaceful location. God got a good one, this time! A true Patriot, friend & cousin. Tell Mom, Dad, Aunt Hazel, Uncle Frank & Uncle Lamar I said "Hey!" when you see them in heaven, as their is no doubt in my mind, that is where your spirit is today! Love you, CUZ!!!

Josh Axelson

May 19, 2020

Ray, I'll never forget when in school and you brought home some less that stellar grades on your report card. You'd tell your mom that D's stood for dandy and F's were for fantastic. Then you'd get to laughing about it. Well your mom didn't think that was very funny! LOL!
I can totally relate!
We all love you Ray!
Love, Josh, Erin, Abby, Phoebe and Shelby Axelson


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