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


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 served as the only 5-time chairman of the S.C. Festival of Flowers. He was awarded the 2018 Southeast Festival and Events Association's Best Volunteer award. He has also been honored as Greenwood's "Young Man of the Year," JCI Senate, and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Ruple was inducted into the Greenwood County Hall of Fame in February 2020.

    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 and is a Paul Harris Fellow. She has served as chair of the S.C. Festival of Flowers and is currently serving on the Executive Board of The Museum, sits on the Board of Directors for the Greenwood County Community Foundation and serves a secretary/treasurer for the Piedmont Group of the SC Funeral Directors Association.

    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 Thompson (Will), Davis Renee Harley Migdalas (Theo) and Ben Harley; and grandparents to Annie Migdalas.

  • Jamey Guy

    Jamey Guy March 1, 1976 - March 2, 2019

    Jamey served the families of Greenwood and surrounding communities for 20 years before his untimely death at the age of 43. He will always be remembered and missed as a vital part of the Harley Funeral Home family.

  • 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.

  • 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. Ryan is a talented singer and enjoys sharing this gift with others.

  • Ashley Clark

    Ashley Clark Administrative Assistant

    Ashley is a native of Chesterfield County and graduate from Piedmont Technical College's Funeral Service Program. Her pleasant phone greeting is the first assurance to families that Harley Funeral Home is here to help, however and whenever you need. Ashley’s passion is serving others and she expresses her work at the funeral home is a ministry rather than a job. In her free moments, she spends time with her husband, Brian and enjoys baking and traveling.

  • 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 serves as the funeral home's facilites manager and is a funeral assistant. He is retired from North Side Baptist Church. He is a member of The Links at Stoney Point Golf Course, serves on the board for the buildings and grounds at the Lakelands Baptist Association, serves on the board for Chairman of Greater Greenwood United Ministries and is a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. Rick and his wife, Anne, are members of North Side Baptist Church, where he serves as a deacon.

  • 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.

  • Ray Riddle

    Ray Riddle

    Ray served our country from 1972-75 in the 101st Airborne Division. He received his Bachelor's degree in Theology from Beacon University in Columbus, GA and served in the ministry for 18 years as associate pastor of Set Free Church in Powdersville. He and his wife, Necie, attend church at Restoration Ministries Church of God.

  • 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.

  • Travis Lathren

    Travis Lathren

    Travis is employed by the Greenwood Fire Department as the Deputy Fire Marshall. He is married to Stephanie and they have two sons. They are members of Woodfields Baptist Church.