Samuel Bruce "Sam" Garrick

December 30, 1961October 10, 2021

COLUMBIA - Sam Garrick was born to R.F. “Bill” Garrick and Shirley Garrick, the second of their three children. Sam passed away quietly and peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of Sunday morning after suffering from illnesses for several decades.

Sam’s life was defined by his love of music, and his love for the wonderful dogs he had over his lifetime. He played trumpet in marching band and jazz band while attending Irmo High School, just as his father Bill had played trumpet in marching band when he attended high school. He also collected and played guitars and stringed instruments, and was familiar at live music venues in Columbia such as Rockaways and Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor. In addition to his close friends, throughout his life he had wonderful dogs as dear companions, including several dogs named Charlotte, as well as Holden, Bella and his first dog Sheba. He loved going to the family’s beach house, Cheeks of Tan, at Holden Beach, and was fortunate to enjoy a week-long visit with a close friend, his mother and dog Bella earlier this year.

Sam is survived by his mother Shirley, older brother Skot and younger sister Judie. He has two nephews, Logan and Tate Garrick, and surviving cousins.

Sam was a member of Centennial Associate Reformed Church.

The family wishes to thank Lighthouse Hospice Group for their loving and caring support to Sam and his family.

A graveside service for family and friends will be held at 12:00 noon Monday, October 18, 2021 in Elmwood Cemetery. Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, is assisting the family. Memories may be shared at


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    Monday, October 18, 2021


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David Carroll

October 18, 2021

Mrs. Garrick, Skot and Judy,

I am so sorry to hear of Sam's passing. Though I had not seen or spoken to him in quite some time, I think of him often. When we moved to town in the 70s, the student body of Irmo High was larger than the population of the town we'd relocated from! I was lost and miserable, and whatever it was that led Sam to pick ME as a friend, I couldn't quite grasp, but I'm glad he did. I would later understand it was his heart of gold. Not everyone could see that, but I did. We shared a love of 'different' music, odd comedy, and downright weird movies. Mrs. Garrick I also appreciate you and Mr. Garrick welcoming me into your home. I look back on those years fondly, especially trips to Holden Beach. Mom & Dad thought the world of Sam too and after I moved away, Dad would always update me any time he ran into "Mudcat" Garrick around town. I know Sam faced difficulties in his later years which almost surely presented challenges for all of you. My wish for you now is peace and may God bless you.

Janet Edmonds

October 13, 2021

My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to the family, while words fail to capture the pain of losing a loved one, we can look forward to the time when words will fail to capture the joy of having our Heavenly Father return your dear son back to you in the very near future. John 6:40

leslie miller

October 12, 2021

Although ill for decades, Sam never lost his sense of humor. Recently I told him I rented the dvd Diner from the library and he replied ..." the whole left side of the menu ". Just spot on yet that was Sam.

Nila Ballentine

October 12, 2021

Shirley and family, please accept my prayers and sympathy at Sam’s death. Praying for comfort in the coming days. With love and sympathy, Nila