Garlin Darnell "Tar Baby" O'Briant

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    - ~..~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
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Garlin Darnell
"Tar Baby" O'Briant
AIKEN, SC - Garlin Darnell "Tar Baby" O'Briant, 73, beloved husband of Ruth Elaine Hill O'Briant, died Sunday, November 23, 2014 at his residence.
A native of Centre, AL, Garlin was the son of the late Lathan O'Briant and Nora Bradley O'Briant. He served in the United States Army and has been a resident of Aiken for 50 years. Garlin was also a member of Darien Baptist Church and was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth E. O'Briant; a daughter, Melinda O'Briant of Pelion, SC; 4 sons, Pat O'Briant of Pelion, SC, Lamar (Amanda) O'Briant of Aiken, SC, Jacob O'Briant of Aiken, SC, and Carl O'Briant of Aiken, SC; 6 grandchildren, Amber O'Briant, Helen Rummell, Kayla O'Briant, James Rummell, Aliea Dubbs, Waylon Larmar O'Briant; 6 Great-Grandchildren; 2 sisters, Glenda Corbett of Gloverville, SC and Linda Holtsizer of Gloverville, SC; a brother, R.L. O'Briant of Burnettown, SC.
He was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Ruth Williams and Clara Clarke; a brother, James O'Briant and a son, Waylon Delane O'Briant.
A visitation will be held Tuesday from 6-8 PM at Shellhouse-Rivers Funeral Home.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 3 PM at Darien Baptist Church with the Reverend Floyd Hutto officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Hospice Care of Tri County, 1127 Woodside Executive Court Aiken, SC 29803.
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Shellhouse-Rivers Funeral Home, Inc. - Aiken
715 East Pine Log Road
Aiken, SC 29803
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Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on Nov. 25, 2014