Carl Möller Brock, husband of Barbara Jennings Brock, passed away at his home in Greenwood, SC on September 30 following a seven month battle with brain cancer.
Born on July 29, 1936 in Vicksburg, Mississippi, he was the son of Lillian and Bonnie Brock. After graduating from Carr Central High School in Vicksburg, he attended the University of Mississippi and moved east to complete a degree at Lander University while producing four plays and teaching a series of theatre courses. During the transition from Mississippi to Greenwood, he spent time doing summer stock theatre in Silver Springs, FL. and at the Flat Rock Playhouse in Flat Rock, NC. While a student at Lander, he was active in the Greenwood Community Theatre.
On June 8, 1963 he married Barbara Jennings at the Church of the Resurrection Episcopal in Greenwood. He became a father to daughter, Mary Whitney on August 29, 1964 and to Caroline Jennings on April 16, 1970. He was named director of the Greenwood Vocational Rehabilitation Center in 1966 and held that position until his retirement in 1994. He also founded Frame-Up, a picture frame business he operated until recently.
Community involvement and an interest in a host of activities kept him busy over the years. He chaired the first Hospice of the Piedmont Board, served on the national HIP (Help for Incontinent People) Board and the Blue Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts, and was a past chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board. The Greenwood Rotary Club was dear to his heart and he served as president in 1975 and as secretary for 36 years. He was a Paul Harris Fellow many times over, a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award in Scouting, and the Community Service Award by the Greenwood Rotary Club. He was recognized as a professional in human services by the South Carolina Rehabilitation Association in 1974. He and his wife shared an interest in the visual arts and Carl served on the Arts Council of Greenwood and chaired the SC Festival of Flowers’ first Craftsman’s Fair. His photographs and graphic artwork are displayed in many homes in Greenwood and are still available locally at Main and Maxwell in downtown Greenwood.
Carl’s interests were many and diverse. One of his more popular graphic prints, The Steeples of Greenwood, has sold over four hundred copies and been through three revisions.
He and his wife earned their private pilots’ licenses and enjoyed flying for many years. Carl was also an avid shrimper, crabber, and wildlife photographer. He built a MG_TD replica classic car which has graced many local Christmas parades and sporting events.
Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday at noon at Church of the Resurrection Episcopal with the Reverend Nicholas Beasley and interim Rector Stephen Bolin officiating. Visitation will precede the service from 10:30-11:30am. A private burial will follow the service.
Pallbearers will include Wayne Bell, Henry Cary, John Cobb, John Heydel, Jon Holloway, and John Scott. Honorary escort will be past presidents of the Greenwood Rotary Club.
Survivors include his wife Barbara, daughters Whitney Brock (Michael Johnson) of Taylors, SC, and Caroline Brock Wilson (Adam) of Austin, TX. He is survived by two grandsons, Sawyer Ian and Jennings Atlas Wilson of Austin, TX and a brother Bradley Lee Brock (Margo) of Vicksburg, Mississippi.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to one of the following organizations would be appreciated: Hospice of the Piedmont, Church of the Resurrection Episcopal, or the Carl and Barbara Brock Fine Arts Scholarship at Lander University.
For online condolences visit www.blythfuneralhome.com.
Blyth Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the Brock family.