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John R. “Johnny” Raley, 75, of Cayce passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2019 after a 9-year journey through melanoma. Born in Columbia, SC, he was the son of Reddick J. “Pete” and Mary Helen Raley and moved to Cayce as a child. He was a 1961 graduate of Brookland-Cayce High School and soon after began a career in the auto industry.
He worked with Goodyear on Gervais St. and 12th street in many capacities, Hefner Tire, and operated his own tire business in Cayce and West Columbia for many years. He was also employed by Hancock Buick, Jim Hudson Automotive in car sales and body shop management, and Tire Kingdom.
John was a dedicated member of Trinity Baptist Church for 32 years. He served as Director of Sunday Schools, church deacon and numerous committees and chairmanships. He also spent many years serving his community as President of the Edenwood Homeowner’s Association, the City of Cayce Planning Commission, and as a volunteer at Lexington Medical Center.
He dearly loved his family and is survived by his sweetheart of 53 years, Joanne Sightler Raley. His daughter Melanie, her husband James and their sons, Austin and Alexander. His son Brent, his wife Stephanie and their children Garrett, Katherine, Emily and Hayes. His brother Jerome (Lee) Raley, twin sister Bonnie (Larry) Jordan, and sister Nora Furtick. He is also survived by his special nephews, nieces, cousins, in-laws and friends.
John was pre-deceased by his parents, in-laws Walter and Leona Sightler, brother-in-law Jackie Furtick and daughter-in-law Audrea Turner Raley.
Visitation will be Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Barr Price Funeral Home-Lexington Chapel from 2-4 pm. Funeral services will take place at Trinity Baptist Church in Cayce on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 2 pm. Burial will be private.
The family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Lexington Oncology Associates, Dr. Asheesh Lal and Shannon Hallman, NP, Dr. Myron Barwick with Lexington Surgical Associates and the Lexington Medical Center 8th Oncology Unit nursing staff. We would also like to thank Robert Lollar and the staff at Barr Price Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in his honor to Trinity Baptist Church Joy Club or Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Foundation.