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City of West Columbia mourns the loss of big leader with a servant’s heart

West Columbia, SC (Paul Kirby) – The City of West Columbia has lost a true leader and advocate who had a big impact on the area for almost 25 years.. Mayor Pro-Tem Dale Harley passed away Thursday at the age of 76 from what is being called complications of a medical condition.

Harley was a big man in stature who people and other leaders say had a huge impact on the fast-growing city just west of the Congaree River from the state capital. He helped guide and direct the city’s government through a period of tremendous growth, prosperity, and also during some tough times as well.

Since he began serving the city on the council in 1993, he took a role in projects such as the building of the new city hall, a major upgrade and improvement from the old one that had simply become too small and was worn out. He also served during the establishment of the Riverwalk, and in a period where the police, fire, and sanitation departments as well as other city services grew as the need for their services expanded.

Harley was also on council helping to govern during a period when the city undertook other key projects and formed partnerships that changed the face of the west side of the river. During his tenure, West Columbia became a major provider of fresh water that is not only used by the city, but sold to other systems for use across a large swath of the county. He was a member of the Lexington County Joint Municipal Water and Sewer Commission as well.

During the same period, new partnerships and alliances were forged and solidified between West Columbia, Lexington County, Cayce, Springdale, the City of Columbia, and other governing bodies in the area.

Besides serving the city for many years, he was active at Platt Springs United Method Church where he was at one time active with the Boy Scouts of America, and attended faithfully with his wife and family for many years.

Harley is survived by his wife of 55 years Sandy; his daughters, Lynn (Jim) Asbill of Anderson, SC and Kim (Kim) Harley of West Columbia; and son, Lee (Erika) Harley of Lexington. He also leaves behind his two grandchildren, Nathan and Auburn; his sisters, Sarah (Bill) Geddings, and Jean Threatt; brother, James Mello (Sherrell) Harley; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Frances Maxine Hamilton and Dorothy Joyce Faulling.

Harley’s family will receive friends and admirers at Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This chapel is located at 4720 Augusta Road near where it intersects with I-20, near Oak Grove and Lexington.

His funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at Platt Springs United Methodist Church. The church is located at 3215 Platt Springs Rd., Springdale, SC. He will be buried at Southland Memorial Gardens near South Congaree and the airport.

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