History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.


L. Ruple Harley, Sr., 1917-2012

OUR HISTORY

It was just after World War II when the Harley family began serving Greenwood and the surrounding communities with compassionate assistance in time of sorrow.

Founded in 1947, when L. Ruple Harley, Sr. purchased Mobley Williams' share of the Williams-Harley Funeral Home (formerly Ellis Funeral Home), our firm encompasses four generations of the Harley family to serve the community in this important way. In fact, the family's history of funeral service dates back even further, since Mr. Harley's brothers, I.S. and Clifton, operated Dukes-Harley Funeral Home in Orangeburg long before the founding of our firm.

Many changes have taken place since 1947. In 1951, we relocated our chapel to what is now a landmark building on the corner of South Main Street and Creswell Avenue. Over the years, we have renovated our facility several times to serve you more completely. But one thing will never change - the Harley family's commitment to always being available as friends and advisers, and to serving you as we would be served.

Our Valued Staff

  • L. Ruple  Harley, Jr.

    L. Ruple Harley, Jr.

    Ruple was born in Orangeburg in April of 1944, and followed his father into the funeral profession after graduating from the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science in Louisville in 1964. His professional affiliations include presidential terms with both the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. It was during his leadership of the NFDA that major changes in veteran funeral protocol came to be. Now, every qualified veteran will be honored in the manner he or she deserves. He was the recipient of the 2014 SC Funeral Directors Association Piedmont Group Funeral Director of the Year.

    Ruple was awarded the status of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. While he serves as President of Harley Funeral Home and Crematory, he is also the president of the L.Ruple Harley, Sr. Educational Foundation, a scholarship that he set up to honor his father, which is now a part of Piedmont Technical College's Foundation and is awarded each year to a deserving student in the Funeral Service Program at PTC.

    Ruple is also active within our community, serving as Past President of the Greenwood Jaycees, the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, the Emerald City Rotary Club, and the S.C. Festival of Flowers. He has also been honored as Greenwood's "Young Man of the Year," JCI Senate, and is a Paul Harris Fellow.

    A member of Main Street United Methodist Church, Ruple is married to Karen; is the father of two, L. Ruple Harley, III and Allison Harley Cobb, and grandfather of six.

  • L. Ruple Harley, III and  Carol Sprott Harley

    L. Ruple Harley, III and Carol Sprott Harley

    Upon graduation from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta in 1987, Ruple III was proud to follow his father and grandfather in serving the families of Greenwood. He is a member of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association and also serves our local community as a member of the Greenwood Rotary Club, is a Paul Harris Fellow and has served as chairman of the S.C. Waterfowl Association, Greenwood Chapter and the S.C. Festival of Flowers.

    Carol is also a licensed funeral director with the funeral home, is a member of the Greenwood Rotary Club, is a Paul Harris Fellow and has served as chair of the S.C. Festival of Flowers.

    They are active members of Main Street United Methodist Church, where Carol serves as chairman of the Worship Committee and is the Communion Steward.

    Ruple and Carol are the parents of three: Kerri Jones, Davis Renee Harley and Ben Harley.

  • Jerry  Coleman

    Jerry Coleman Funeral Director, Embalmer and CCO

    Jerry grew up in Beaufort and is a US Army veteran, having served in Korea and Vietnam during the Vietnam Conflict. He received his degree at Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA and his designation as a Certified Crematory Operator from the National Funeral Directors Association. Jerry and his wife, Kathy, are members of First Mt. Moriah Baptist Church.

  • Jamey Guy

    Jamey Guy Funeral Director, Embalmer and CCO

    Jamey is a native of Newberry County and received his degree at Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA and his Certified Crematory Operator from the National Funeral Directors Association. He is a member of the Greenwood Sertoma Club. Jamey enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing and any activity that his son, Reid, is participating in. He is a member of Little River Dominick Presbyterian Church.

  • Ryan Pitts

    Ryan Pitts Funeral Director and Embalmer (Apprentice), CCO

    Ryan is a native of Georgetown and is a 2012 graduate of Piedmont Technical College's Funeral Service Program. He received the Certified Crematory Operator certification from the Cremation Association of North America. He is a member of the Greenwood Sertoma Club and is a Mason. Ryan is a talented singer and enjoys sharing this gift with others.

  • David  Peterson

    David Peterson Funeral Director and Embalmer (Apprentice), CCO

    David was born in Greeneville, TN and is retired from the US Army, having served combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. He is currently enrolled in Piedmont Technical College's Funeral Service Program and will graduate in December 2017. He received his Certified Crematory Operator certification from the National Funeral Directors Association. David and his wife, Gloria, live in Greenwood.

  • Ashley Clark

    Ashley Clark Administrative Assistant/ Funeral Director - Apprentice

    Ashley is a native of Cheraw and attended Piedmont Technical College's Funeral Service Program. On their time off, she and her husband, Brian, enjoy traveling the country rock crawling.

  • Kerri Jones

    Kerri Jones Administrative Assistant/ Funeral Director- Apprentice

    Kerri is a graduate of Ninety Six High School and Lander University. She worked for several years in the food service industry and is excited to be a part of her family's business.

  • Rev. Randy Ouzts

    Rev. Randy Ouzts

    Randy served Trinity Baptist Tabernacle for many years and currently serves as a chaplain at The Faith Home. He and his wife, Mary Ann, live in the Kirksey community.

  • Tommy Balchin

    Tommy Balchin

    Tommy is retired from Self Regional Healthcare. He and his wife, Jean, live in Ninety Six and are members of Cambridge United Methodist Church.

  • Jimmy Corley

    Jimmy Corley

    Jimmy served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War and is retired from Monsanto. He is a member of Rehoboth United Methodist Church, where he sings in the choir.

  • J. W. Walker

    J. W. Walker

    J. W. retired from the Walmart Distribution Center. He and his wife, Mary, are members of Callie Self Memorial Baptist Church.

  • Rick Brewer

    Rick Brewer

    Rick is the facilities manager at North Side Baptist Church. He is a member of The Links at Stoney Point Golf Course and serves on the board of Greater Greenwood United Ministries. Rick and his wife, Anne, are members of North Side Baptist Church.

  • Jim Gobble

    Jim Gobble

    Jim is a pharmacist, working for many years with Cambridge Pharmacy and retiring from the Piggly Wiggly Pharmacy at Coronaca. He continues to help out at Wingard's Pharmacy. He and his wife, Marilyn, are members of The Church of the Resurrection - Episcopal.

  • Tony Sleister

    Tony Sleister

    Tony attended Lander College and graduated from Piedmont Technical College's Nursing Program, retiring from Carolina Health Centers. He is an avid hunter and Clemson fan. Tony and his wife, Donnis, have two children and five granddaughters. They are members of North Side Baptist Church, where Tony serves as a deacon.

  • Ann Brown Martin

    Ann Brown Martin

    Ann grew up in McCormick and retired as an Administrative Supervisor for McCormick and Abbeville County Health Departments. She volunteers with HospiceCare of the Piedmont and attends North Side Baptist Church.

  • Linda Brock

    Linda Brock

    Linda grew up in Ninety Six and retired from both Greenwood Mills and Upper Savannah Council of Governments. She is a member of Ninety Six Pentecostal Holiness Church, where she teaches Sunday School.