Susan Gilbert Fagan

  • Born: October 1, 1938
  • Died: March 23, 2021
  • Location: Clemson, South Carolina

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Susan Ann Gilbert Fagan, 82, widow of Charles William Fagan, passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Dominion Health Care Center. She was the eldest of 4 children.

Susan was born in Stockbridge, GA, and the daughter of the late Wyatt Malcolm and Susie Irene Hightower Gilbert. Susan attended Tift College where she was pursuing a degree in home economics. She married the love of her life, Charles William Fagan on December 20, 1958. One interesting fact is Susan and Charles shared a wedding anniversary date with Charles' mother and daddy and his two sisters.

Prior to being a mother, Susan worked as a bank teller in Pendleton, SC. She raised two daughters and she reentered the work place once her youngest entered the first grade. She worked as a Plant Pathologist with Clemson University and later as a receptionist at Redfern Health Clinic. She was always a volunteer at her daughters schools and was the taxi driver for all school activities.

Susan was very active for 45 years at FBC clemson where she served on many committees and was an ordained deacon. Her greatest love was the college students and the ministry there. Mom also enjoyed her time at CUMC where she once again was very active in the student ministry helping with Sunday evening meals and mentoring young girls. Her last few years she attended Rock Springs Baptist Church in Easley where she was a member of the Redeemed Bible Fellowship Sunday School Class.

Susan was an excellent cook! She loved preparing meals for Clemson Students over a 60 year period where she fed hundreds if not thousands of students. She was active in her garden club for years, meals on wheels and taking meals to shut-In's and the sick.

In 2001 Susan was honored as Tiger Brotherhood Mother of the Year a award she cherished! She truly had a servant's heart!

Her last few years were hard. Dementia is a cruel disease but she remained the same sweet smiling Susan! The nurses and caretakers at Dominion Senior Living helped care for Susan until her last breath was drawn here on earth. Her family is forever grateful for the love and care you gave mama! She loved you all, she knew you loved her and she was safe!

Susan missed Charles everyday! The love they shared was special and something to be admired and modeled! While our hearts are sad our memories are full of a sweet lady named Susan Ann, Doll, Susie Q, Susie, Mama, Friend, Grandmama, and GramGram! Fly high. Heaven just received their newest angel.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Wyatt and Irene Gilbert, and husband Charles William Fagan.

She is survived by her daughters; Melanie (Rusty) Guill, Seneca, SC and Debra (Wayne) Martin, Easley, SC; grandchildren: Kalyn (Brad) Jones, Davenport, FL, Carson Guill (fiancée Larsen Kiser) Greenville, SC, Brandon (Alexandra) Martin-Sinkus and first great granddaughter, Lottie, due July 2021, Orange Park, FL, Ashleigh Martin, San Diego, California; brothers, W.M. (Jean) Gilbert of San Antonio, TX, Stewart (Carol) Gilbert of Tifton, GA, and James Carl (Janice) Gilbert of Clarkesville, TX.

Memorial services will be 4:00 PM, Thursday, April 1, 2021 at Clemson United Methodist Church.

A Private Graveside Service will be held earlier at Memory Gardens in Clemson.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 PM, Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home & Cremations, Central-Clemson Commons.

Due to Covid-19 Pandemic facial coverings and social distancing protocols will be observed.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association SC Chapter, 4600 Park Avenue, Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28209, Clemson Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1415, Clemson, SC 29633 or to Collins Childrens Home, P.O. Box 745, Seneca, SC 29679.

Visit RobinsonFuneralHomes.com or Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home & Cremations.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Susan was in charge of the student ministry when I went to Clemson in 1983. She taught me what agape love is all about. She truly showed God's love to everyone she met.

Posted by Debbie Brown - Saint Simons, GA - Friend   April 27, 2021

To the family, we send our prayers, sympathy , and love to you all. Susan was, indeed a special lady, always full of energy and always providing for others. Even thru dementia, she was smiling and loving. When I last saw her at Dominion, she was cheerful and, though she didn't know just who I was, she knew I was a friend and we shared hugs (before Covid). Such a lovely lady! Remember the good times and know she is in a very. special place now.

Posted by Al & Cookie Fitch - Clemsoon, SC - Family   April 03, 2021

So many memories of sweet Susan from the time you first moved to Clemson in the early 60's. Susan was a Mom to many and always opened her home to the students. I was so privileged to be part of that adopted student group. So many memories of the fun times we spent in your home from babysitting when the girls were young, the wonderful meals and Charles's funny stories. Susan was a treasure. God used her in mighty ways nurturing the hundreds of students that passed through her life and home. Truly a life well lived for Gods Glory. Hugs and love to you all.

Posted by Pat Rostron - Raleigh, NC - Friend   March 31, 2021

Debra & Melanie: So many memories of your sweet Mom from the time you first moved to Clemson in the early 60's. Susan was a Mom to many and always opened her home to the students. I was so privileged to be part of that adopted student group. So many memories of the fun times we spent in your home from babysitting when the girls were young, the wonderful meals and Charles's funny stories and even bluegrass music. Susan was a treasure. God used her in mighty ways nurturing the hundreds of students that passed through her life and home. Truly a life well lived for Gods Glory.
We miss her dearly. Hugs and love to you all. Pat Rostron Raleigh, NC

Posted by Pat Rostron - Raleigh, NC - Family Friend   March 31, 2021

To all of Susan's family: We send out deepest condolences. Susan was, indeed, a very special woman with a giving heart, a sweet smile and a positive and kind word for everyone she met, with the love of Jesus shining through as she served as His witness for all to see! To know her was to love her!

Posted by Bev and Tim Sevick - Seneca, SC - Family Friend   March 31, 2021

Susan, Charles, and daughters were dear friends and leaders in their neighborhood

Posted by Elrod - Clemson Downs resident, SC - Family Friend   March 30, 2021

Hi to all in the family. Susan was a sweet, sweet lady. I worked across the street from her when she worked on campus at Clemson University, and of course knew her and Charles from church. I remember Susan's sweet smile which she never lost even with her dementia!! She will be soooo missed.

Nancy Carls, Clemson

Posted by Nancy Carls - Clemson, SC - Friend   March 29, 2021

I have very fond memories of both Susan and Charles while at Clemson. They loved 'their' students and we loved them back! Know that lots of love and care surround the family in their grief. Hugs

Posted by Sandy (Charles) Sarjeant - Wilmington, DE - Acquaintance   March 29, 2021

Thoughts and prayers are with you!! She and her family have been friends for many, many years!! Love to all!!

Posted by Pat Collins - Central, SC - Friend   March 29, 2021

Melanie, I have some wonderful memories of your sweet mom. Oh that smile! I love the latest name you gave her...Saint Susan! Hugs and prayers for you and your wonderful family.

Posted by Anne Rackley - Easley, SC - Family Friend   March 29, 2021

She was such a special person and loved by many. I am so thankful for the time I had to be a part of her family during my time at Clemson. Prayers for the whole family.

Posted by Kay McKinney - Easley, SC - Friend   March 28, 2021

Condolences to the family. I met your mom while a grad student in the late '60s. She and I shared some "assignments" from Dr. Baxter back then and occasional interactions over the years, as residents of Clemson. Her kindness and ready smile were indeed, endearing qualities. Sharon Miller

Posted by Sharon Miller - Clemson, SC - Friend   March 28, 2021

She was such a giving and loving person. She will be missed. Prayers and sympathy to the whole family.

Posted by Gail Marion - Clemson, SC - Family Friend   March 28, 2021

You have our heartfelt condolences upon the passing of your dear mother, grandmother and friend~Susan. Always ready with a cheerful smile, Susan had a servant’s heart. May rich memories of her living nature support and sustain each of you. Grateful to have known Susan and to have shared with her. Bonnie abs Pat Kelley

Posted by Bonnie& Pat Kelley - Friend   March 27, 2021

Susan and I crossed paths almost on a daily basis when I was on the Entomology faculty in Long Hall. She was such a sweet person and always had a smile and cheerful greeting.

Posted by Clyde Gorsuch - Clemson, SC - Friend   March 27, 2021

Dear Family, Your mom was truly a God sent angel for me. When I returned to Clemson University in 2001 she took me under her wing and brought me into her family as if I had always belonged. She and Charles were two of the most loving people I knew. She will be missed so much. Her loving smile and ways will live on in our hearts and memory. I feel very blessed to have known her.
Much love to all of you.

Posted by Norma Moss Bowlin - North Charleston, SC - Friend   March 27, 2021


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