Celebration of Life
Obituary of Carol Garland
Carol Keats Garland was born on May 9, 1940 in Elizabeth, New
Jersey to the late Daniel and Grace Keats. She departed this life
June 16, 2018 at home.
Carol was the first of four children and was raised in Scotch Plains
NJ and educated in the Scotch Plains public school system. Carol
attended and graduated from Essie Mae School of Cosmetology in
Elizabeth, NJ. Carol chose to put her education to good use by
working various jobs before becoming an entrepreneur and opening
Garland’s Boutique. While maintaining Garland’s Boutique, she
worked for the State of New Jersey Unemployment Office. Carol
worked and retired from the Township of Piscataway, February 1,
Carol was married to the late William “Cab” Garland and to this
union three children were born; Kim, Tiffany and Adam. Carol was
a true servant in the church. She was a member of St. John’s
Baptist Church where she served as an Usher and the President of
Hospitality. Upon relocating to Charlotte, NC, she joined Ebenezer
Baptist Church, where she was an active and loyal servant. She
was a member of the Missionary Ministry, and in 2016 she was
crowned Queen of the United Missionary Baptist Association. She
was a member of the Culinary Ministry, Tuesday Morning Senior
Bible Study Class and the Senior Adult Ministry where she was
president for four years.
Carol was a loving Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
During her life she enjoyed modeling and sponsoring fashion
shows, shopping, bowling, traveling and planning traveling events.
Most of all, she cherished spending time with her family and
Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel and Grace
Keats; her husband, William “Cab” Garland; daughter, Kim Keats
Nelson; step-son Howard B. Garland; sisters, Barbara (Potts)
Jacquet and Shirley Potts.
Carol leaves to mourn her loss, her daughter, Tiffany Garland
(Aaron), Piscataway, NJ; son, Adam Garland, Piscataway, NJ and
step-son, William B. Garland (Alyx), Elizabeth, NJ; brother,
Theodore “Teddy” Keats (Cheryl), Scotch Plains, NJ; sisters, Diane
Keats, North Plainfield, NJ and Sharon Keats, Leland, NC; six
grandchildren, Tyshon Mills, Tashon Young, Spenser Keats, Jared
Garland, Kiara Garland and Chas O’Reilly; seven great
grandchildren, Keyshon Mills, Destiny Young, Azaan Keats, Azaaya
Keats, Aakiyah Keats, Jeremiah Worilds and Jaxx Garland. She also
leaves to cherish her memories, companion, David “Poncho” Smith,
Richmond, VA and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.