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Benjamin "BJ" Carroll Garner

Benjamin Carroll Garner, Jr., "B.J", 26, resident of Bulls Horne Rd. Nation Community died Sunday Feb. 24, 2013 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Born Oct. 2, 1986 in Abbeville , SC he was the son of Benjie and Lori McMahan Garner.

BJ attended Diamond Hill Elementary School , and graduated from Dixie High School in 2005. He then attended Spartanburg Methodist College and Piedmont Technical College where he earned a degree in Electrical Engineering. He was formerly employed at Milliken Corp. of Abbeville, and currently employed at Prysmian Cables and Systems in Abbeville , SC as a shift Lead Man. BJ's family and friends were a tremendous part of his life. BJ enjoyed life to the fullest and loved riding 4-Wheelers, rock crawling, and anything outdoors. Most of his spare time was spent with "The Boys": Dusty Bradberry, Clay Hall, Jeremy Nelson, Travis Montgomery, Matthew Montgomery, Garrett Slaton, Rocky Henry, Shane Thomas, and James Young at the "Nation Offroad Complex", and preparing to begin his life with his fiancé, Heather.

Survivors include, in addition to his loving parents, his sister India Garner; Paternal grandparents John and Gloris Garner of Abbeville, SC, Maternal grandparents Bob McMahan of Abbeville, SC, and Emily McMahan and Richard Stone of Lowndesville, SC; BJ also leaves behind his long-time sweetheart and fiancé Heather Shirley of Greenwood, SC.

BJ was preceded in death by Maternal great-grandparents George "Daddy George" and Mildred "MaMil" McMahan of Abbeville, SC; grandmother Sandra McMahan of Abbeville, SC, Paternal Great-grandmother Ruth "Grandmama" Harrison of Abbeville, and great-grandparents Ben "PaPa" and Blanche Harrison of Abbeville; great-grandparents Bruce and Ada "Nana" Clinkscales.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday Feb. 27, 2013 at 3:30 PM at Midway Baptist Church with the Rev. Terry Greer officiating. The burial will follow in the Church Cemetery .

The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 5:00 until 7:00 PM at Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home. The family is at the home of his parents Mr. & Mrs. Benjie Garner of Bulls Horne Rd. Abbeville , SC.

Active pallbearers will be Dusty Bradberry, Clay Hall, Jeremy Nelson, Matthew Montgomery, Shane Thomas, Rocky Henry, James Young, Travis Montgomery, Garett Slaton, and Shannon Wilson.

Memorial in memory of BJ may be made to a charity of one's choice.


Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home
208 South Main Street
Abbeville, SC  29620
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
5:00 - 7:00 PM


Midway Baptist Church
1218 Hwy 284
Abbeville, SC  29620
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
3:30 PM


Midway Baptist Church Cemetery
1218 Hwy 284
Abbeville ,  SC  29620

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John, my condolences are with your family. So sorry for your loss. May our God be with you all. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. God bless!

Franklin Cape Mar 1 2013 12:00 AM

So sorry for y'all lost he was a very sweet guy the few times i had ever been around him he was a very polite young man and always seemed to be very happy the good lord received a very special young man i will continue to keep every member of the family in my prayer and god bless

teresa wilkie Feb 27 2013 12:00 AM

I'm very sorry to here the sad news of B J. My heart goes out to you and all the family. He was such a nice fellow when him and my daughter Tonya was in school and he turned out to be a nice young man. May the lord be with you and the family through this time of sorrow. God Bless.

Jean Hawthorne Feb 27 2013 12:00 AM

Lori, Benji, India, and the rest of the Garner families. We were saddened to learn of BJ's passing. Please know that all of you are in our prayers. May God wrap his loving arms around each and everyone of you.

Janie and Cliff Hutchison Feb 27 2013 12:00 AM

Lori and family: I pray that the Peace that passes all understanding will comfort you in this time of heartbreak.

Rena Rhodes Feb 27 2013 12:00 AM

Lori and Family, We are so very sorry for your loss of your son B.J. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Tommy,Debra, Tiffany and Bryan Crawford Feb 27 2013 12:00 AM

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. May Gods love comfort you all in this time of sorrow.

Buddy,Terri, and Heather Feb 27 2013 12:00 AM

To all The Graner Family; Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow and grief in the loss of BJ. Remember the words of our Savior in John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled; neither let it be afraid.". May God's peace be yours as you look to Him in faith. Our words fail to convey the sadness and sympathy we feel for you. Love you all.Pat, Ruth, and Micah Hill

Pat and Ruth Hill Feb 27 2013 12:00 AM

Thoughts and prayers are with you. May our God comfort you in these times.

Tracy Carter Feb 26 2013 12:00 AM

Lori, Bobby and family Just wanted to let you know how sorry I am to hear of this tragic loss for you. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. God will be there to guide you through. Hope you can find a little comfort in knowing you are being thought of at this time. God bless your family.

Faye Latham ODell Feb 26 2013 12:00 AM

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