Georgia Free Laney
May 10, 1930 – September 22, 2020
COLUMBIA - Georgia Free Laney, 90 of Columbia, SC, died at the family home on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.
She was born on May 10, 1930, and grew up in Bamberg, SC. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Waddell ("E.W.") Laney III and was the daughter of the late Horace LeRoy Free and Esther Dagnall Free.
Georgia was a faithful member of Trenholm Road United Methodist Church and the Friendship Sunday school class. She enjoyed her many years with The Town and Country Garden Club and her cherished bridge groups.
Georgia's childhood was spent climbing trees, exploring the countryside, and spending time with family and friends in her much-loved hometown of Bamberg. She was particularly close to her beloved baby brother Bubba (Horace Dagnall Free) who predeceased her.
She graduated from Bamberg High School and was class valedictorian. Georgia attended Converse College and received a degree in psychology. She loved spending time at the lake and the beach. Some her fondest times were beach trips with the extended family to Myrtle Beach and Garden City. Her fondness for the beach started early in life. She spent summers as a child with her aunts helping with the Wee Blew Inn in Myrtle Beach. She was aptly nicknamed "The Princess of the Sea" by her lifelong friends known as the Ya-Yas Lynn Anderson, Gerry Hiers, Ginger McCully, Lillian Bamberg, and Sally Bishop.
Family and friends recall Georgia being the life of the party and lighting up any gathering with her infectious laugh, personality, and twinkle in her eye. She will be remembered as person who was kind and gracious to all.
Georgia is survived by her five children and their spouses, Mary Laney Tatum (John), Elizabeth Laney Peebles (William), Edward W. Laney IV (Josephine), LeRoy Free Laney (Caroline), and Georgia Laney Studnicka (Benedict). She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Lynn Free Anderson (Swinton); first cousin, Gerry Ray Hiers (James B. “Pedie”); and her dear friend and dance partner, Paul Johnson. Her grandchildren are John May Tatum IV (JennyGray), Christine Dargan Tatum, Katherine Laney Peebles, Margaret Pinckney Laney, Edward Lowndes Laney, William Walker Laney, Katherine Laney Peebles, Elizabeth Dargan Morrison, Edward Baker Morrison, Isabelle Grace Studnicka, and Benedict Richard Studnicka Jr. The grandchildren and others affectionately called her "Mimi."
The family wishes to extend special thanks to her devoted caregivers, Betty Sutton, Taneda McKenzie, Minnie Gamble, Vanessa Wimbush, Lorene Vining, Vivian Elmore, Fran Swinton, and Stephanie Sutton.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Georgia Free Laney
September 29, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Georgia's death. I will always fondly remember she and my Mom having great times together. She was a dear person to Mama and to me, and I loved her personality and bubbly outlook. Please accept my condolences for your loss.
Sallye Clinkscales Bunch
September 27, 2020
To Mary and the Laney Family,
I was heartbroken to hear of Georgia’s passing. I know that I must have spent most of my high school years at your house. Your Mother was such an elegant and thoughtful woman. When I would see her at Church, she always want to know what I was up too! I admired her so.......she was one of a kind!
You are in my thoughts and prayers and if there is anything that I can do, please don’t hesitate to call! Yours Truly, Craig Dawson
LANNING AND DEANE RISHER
September 25, 2020
OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO ALL OF YOU AS YOU GRIEVE THE LOSS OF YOUR DEAR MOTHER. SHE WAS A VERY SPECIAL FRIEND TO US. SHE MARRIED ONE OF LANNING'S DEAREST FRIENDS. WE HAVE FOLLOWED YOUR FAMILY WITH LOVE AND CONCERN THROUGH THE YEARS. YOU WERE ALL SO DEAR TO HER AND SHE WAS JUSTLY PROUD OF EACH ONE OF YOU.
WE WILL MISS HER VERY MUCH, BUT TREASURE ALWAYS THE OPPORTUNITY OF KNOWING HER AND BEING HER FRIEND.
MAY OUR FATHER COMFORT AND GUIDE EACH ONE OF YOU AS YOU GO THROUGH THIS SAD TIME, AND WE PRAY THAT HE WILL GIVE YOU THE PEACE THAT ONLY HE CAN GIVE.
Becky Laney Derrick
September 24, 2020
Can't just pick one memory. "Big Georgia" as we called her at the Laney Reunions to differentiate between her and her daughter "Little Georgia". She is once again with Cousin E. W. May God provide the comfort and strength needed. Much love and hugs to my cousins.
September 24, 2020
To the Laney Family:
May God strengthen each one of you each day. May you keep the memories close to your heart. I enjoyed working/taking care of Ms. Laney. We danced (The gig she called it). She would sing. (the last day I saw her). It was a pleasure knowing her. She always wanted me to read John 14:27. Her peace scripture. Be Blessed.