OBITUARY

Billy Alexander Laney

September 17, 1932May 12, 2018
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Services for Billy Alexander Laney, 85, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018 at Ashland United Methodist Church with burial to follow in Bush River Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Irmo. Pallbearers will be his grandsons: Joshua, Nikolas, and Bruce Laney, Jr, Alexander, Jacob and Zachary Kirby, Michael D. Burton and Charles F. Burton III.

Memorials may be made to Epworth Children’s Home, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, The Shriners Hospital or Ashland United Methodist Church.

Mr. Laney passed away at home on Saturday, May 12, 2018. He was with his wife of 17 years, Bobbie Burton Laney. Born September 17, 1932, in Pageland, SC, he was a son of the late Bruce Leroy and Etta Mae McManus Laney. He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Margaret Louise Nelson Laney; two sons Billy A. Laney, Luke Laney; brothers, John Bruce, Amon LeRoy; sisters Virginia Guice, Margie Moore, Georgia Leuth, and Jerry Laney.

Bill retired from the United States Air Force after 25 years of service and the SC Department of Corrections CCI after 18 years of service. He was a member of Ashland United Methodist Church. Bill was a Master Mason with the Earlwood Lodge, a member of the Scottish Rite and Jamil Shrine Temple.

He is survived by wife Bobbie Burton Laney; sons, Craig Allan (Jeannie) of Tomball, TX., Bruce David (Ana) of Elgin, SC, James Richard (Jimmie) of West Columbia, SC, Billy Ray (Kandie) of Lexington, SC,; and daughter, Susan Laney Kirby (Ben) of Chapin SC; stepson, Charles L (Sherry) Burton of Swansea, SC; ten grandchildren, Joshua, Bruce Jr. and Nikolas Laney, Alexander (Faith), Jacob and Zachary Kirby, Jamie (Lee) Laney Culbreth, Jessica (James) Laney Ford, Kendall Janae Laney, Blakeleigh Rae Laney; four great-grandchildren, Sydney and Presslee Culbreth and Ella Laney, and Makiley Ford. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Sarah Laney of Indian Trail, NC, and Johanna (Jim) Caylor of Richland WA; sisters, Dean Matney of Cayce, Sylvia Rock of West Columbia; multiple nieces and nephews who each brought him joy.

Billy Laney enjoyed life up till the very end. Bill was blessed by his wife, Bobbie, and her family for 17 years. They loved him as their own and we are forever thankful to call them family. Dad loved spending time with his family, mowing the yard, gardening, playing double-deck pinochle with his sister-in-law & her husband, bluegrass music, Fox news, bowling, square dancing and quick trips to Cherokee.

The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. We are confident that dad and mom are together and because of our faith in Jesus Christ, we know that we will one day be reunited with them.

Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by wife Bobbie Burton Laney; sons, Craig Allan (Jeannie) of Tomball, TX., Bruce David (Ana) of Elgin, SC, James Richard (Jimmie) of West Columbia, SC, Billy Ray (Kandie) of Lexington, SC,; and daughter, Susan Laney Kirby (Ben) of Chapin SC; stepson, Charles L (Sherry) Burton of Swansea, SC; ten grandchildren, Joshua, Bruce Jr. and Nikolas Laney, Alexander (Faith), Jacob and Zachary Kirby, Jamie (Lee) Laney Culbreth, Jessica (James) Laney Ford, Kendall Janae Laney, Blakeleigh Rae Laney; four great-grandchildren, Sydney and Presslee Culbreth and Ella Laney, and Makiley Ford. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Sarah Laney of Indian Trail, NC, and Johanna (Jim) Caylor of Richland WA; sisters, Dean Matney of Cayce, Sylvia Rock of West Columbia; multiple nieces and nephews.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Joshua Bruce, Jr.
  • Nikolas Laney
  • Jacob Kirby
  • Zachary Kirby
  • Charles F. Burton III
  • Michael D. Burton

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 18, 2018
REMEMBERING

Billy Alexander Laney

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Susan Laney Kirby

May 25, 2018

Many thanks to all who came to the visitation and/or funeral. My daddy, Billy A. Laney, was a good and simple man. He loved Jesus, pinto beans with cornbread (not Jiffy), strawberry milkshakes from Rush's, Pall Mall cigarettes, Louis Lamour westerns, his country, his children and grand children and bluegrass music. He was beyond blessed to have loved two women in his life, our mother, Margaret Nelson Laney and Bobbie Burton Laney.

He was a man who meant what he said and when we were told to do something as children (and adults) we were expected to do it. He went to church on Sunday and worked hard on Monday. He believed that a good spanking did more good than harm and if he told us to jump we asked "how high?". He taught us to respect our elders and our country, to finish any job we started and to shake hands and look people in the eye. We never doubted his love and devotion to our family. He always had an open door and open arms to anyone that needed it. He enjoyed a good laugh and we learned early on not to "pull his finger".

God's loving hand was on my daddy his whole life, even in death. Billy woke up at his home on May 12, 2018 and made coffee, took a cup to Bobbie and went to the table to get their medicine together and had a heart attack. He mowed his grass and Bobbies on Thursday, watered his garden on Friday and went to be with the Lord on Saturday.

It does not get much better than that!!! Blessings to you and your family as you have been a blessing to us.

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