Gary M. Coward
J. Henry Stuhr West Ashley Chapel
3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway
Charleston, SC
Gary M. Coward Charleston - Gary M. Coward, 80, of Charleston, SC, entered into eternal rest on November 21, 2021. His funeral service will be held Friday, November 26, 2021, in North Charleston United Methodist Church, 1125 East Montague Ave., at 10:00 am with burial following in Carolina Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Wednesday, November 24, 2021, in the J. Henry Stuhr Inc., West Ashley Chapel, 3360 Glenn McConnell Pkwy., from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Gary was born in Lake City, SC, on June 1, 1941. He moved with family to North Charleston at a very young age where he attended North Charleston Elementary and North Charleston High School. He graduated North Charleston High School in 1959. He graduated at the Baptist College (Charleston Southern University) in 1972 with a BS in accounting. He is survived by his wife, Vera Thomas Coward; nephew, C. Ronald Coward, Jr. (Nancy) of Mt. Pleasant, SC; niece, Elizabeth Alice Coward of Mt. Pleasant, SC; brothers-in-law, Marin L. Thomas of Jacksonville, FL, and J. Bryan Thomas (Diane) of Gallatin, TN; nieces and nephews, Kevin Long of Hendersonville, TN, Laurin T. Flick (Greg) of Sarasota, FL, Erin T. Duggan (Patrick) of Sarasota, FL, Kelly T. Robinson (Rasheen) of Jacksonville, FL, Jennifer Thomas of Jacksonville, FL, and Drew M. Thomas (Olivia) of Jacksonville, FL; great-nephew, Clauson Ronald Coward, III of Mt. Pleasant, SC; great-niece and goddaughter, Addie Bridgham Coward of Mt. Pleasant, SC; great-nephews, Jackson and JW Long of Hendersonville, TN, Brett and Will Duggan of Sarasota, FL, Jake M. Thomas of Jacksonville, FL, and Carter J. Robinson of Jacksonville FL; and great-nieces, Riley Long and Mary Kate Long of Hendersonville, TN. He will be greatly missed by aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clauson Lyles Coward and Alda Matthews Coward; his brother, C. Ronald Coward; and nephew, John Matthews Coward. Mr. Coward was employed at Westvaco and Ruscon Construction Company. He was one of the co-founders and owners of Coward-Hund Construction Company where he was Secretary-Treasurer. He was on the Advisory Board for the Bank of South Carolina (West Ashley). His Civic affiliations were as follows: President of the Charleston Contractors Association, President of the Exchange Club of Charleston, and President of the Coastal Carolina Fair. He participated in the following organizations in various roles: Charleston Chapter American Heart Association, Carolina Youth Development, and Exchange Club Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Lowcountry Food Bank, 2864 Azalea Dr., North Charleston, SC 29405-8216 or a charitable organization of your choice. Visit our guestbook at
Published by Charleston Post & Courier from Nov. 22 to Nov. 23, 2021.
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J. Henry Stuhr Inc., West Ashley Chapel
3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway, Charleston, SC
North Charleston United Methodist Church
1125 E. Montague Avenue, North Charleston, SC
Carolina Memorial Park
7113 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, SC
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Though I only met Gary one time when I was very young, I knew his father very well as he was the original SNAP-ON tool man in NORTH CHARLESTON & I saw him every week for many years & he talked of his children every time I saw him. A very fine family, Rest in peace Gary.
Sammie Douan
November 24, 2021
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
American Heart Association
November 23, 2021
Gary was a such a kind and wonderful gentleman. I always cherished his smile which accompanied every interaction, even if it was during a gentle ribbing. He was the epitome of what an Exchangite should be - We will greatly miss our Exchange brother. May the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ comfort you now and always Vera.

In God's Peace,
Buzz and Cindy
Buzz Buske
November 23, 2021
November 23, 2021
I am so sorry to learn of Gary's passing. Gary, Fred Coward, and I were all the same age, and I have so many childhood. memories of summertime family reunions at Aunt Thelma's house in Lake city, where we played and fought and laughed together. It saddens me that we have seen little of each other since our parents passed away. My Mama used to have all of the Coward families for an annual Christmas get-together on the first Sunday in December, but those ceased when she died 26 years ago. My heartfelt sympathies to Vera and all of Gary' extended family. I will be unable to come to Charleston for the visitation or services, as this Thursday is the second anniversary of my husband's death, and I just am not emotionally up to it. My thoughts will be with you.
Polly Wingate
November 22, 2021
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