Thomas "Tom" J. Karlik

July 16, 1937March 9, 2018

Thomas (Tom) J. Karlik, 80, of Piedmont, husband of Karen Karlik passed away Friday, March 9, 2018 after a short illness.

Born in Syracuse, NY, Tom was the son of the late Steve and Louise Karlik. He served in the U.S. Army and also worked in the manufacturing field and was the plant engineer in the Greenville County School District.

Surviving in addition to his wife Karen are his children, daughters, Melani Robinson (Michael); Mindy Jordan (Bruce); Patsy Leubner (Charlie); sons, David Karlik (Becky) and Jamie Karlik; brother, Richard “Dick” Karlik (Julie); 9 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Tom is preceded in death by his brother George Karlik.

Funerals services will be held Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 11am at St. Michael Lutheran Church with Pastor Robert Miles, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at 1pm at M.J. Dolly Cooper Veterans Cemetery in Anderson, SC.

The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 to 8 at Mackey Funerals and Cremation at Century Drive.

On line tributes at


  • Steve Karlik, Father
  • Louise Millier Karlik, Mother
  • Karen Kovar Karlik, Wife
  • Melani Robinson, Daughter
  • Michael Robinson, Son-in-law
  • Mindy Jordan, Daughter
  • Bruce Jordan, Son-in-law
  • Patsy Leubner, Daughter
  • Charlie Leubner, Son-in-law
  • David Karlik, Son
  • Becky Karlik, Daughter-in-law
  • Jamie Karlik, Son
  • Richard "Dick" Karlik, Brother
  • Julie Karlik, Sister-in-law
  • George Karlik, Brother
  • Mr. Karlik leaves nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren to cherish his memory.

  • The Staff of Mackey Funerals and Cremations at Century Drive and Family Members


  • Visitation Monday, March 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Thomas "Tom" J. Karlik

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Jenny McGevna McGrady

March 9, 2018

Tom was kind, wise, and always willing to help. He knew how to do just about everything and fix just about anything. He was an animal whisperer before anyone ever used the term. My earliest memories from the late 60's in Borodino before we moved into town are vague and fuzzy as you would expect of a preschooler. But they are warm and happy images of very young Tom and Karen and Mom and Dad with flashes of others- the Chappells, the Morans, the Arsenaults , the Bransborgs and more. Family gatherings with laughter, the lake, the landing, the Grange, the Borodino Fire Department, the smells of home cooked meals, farm fresh foods, fields, barns, hay and berries. The flashes of images go with the sounds of adult laughter and conversation. They worked hard, and played hard, loved life and their families and modeled all of the good and important things in life for us growing up. In my entire life-child, teen, young adult, old adult- I do not ever recall a single incident when I heard Tom raise his voice. He was a gentle soul, beloved husband, amazing father and dear friend to all. Prayers and love for Karen, Jamie, David, Patsy, Mindy, and Melanie from all of the McGevnas, most especially Mary Anne and Peter.