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Passing of a Media Icon: Carl E. Langley Jr.
1932 - March 25, 2011
posted March 28, 2011
AIKEN – It is with heavy heart that we
news of the passing of Carl Langley, a cherished columnist and good
friend. Carl passed away on Friday at his home after an extended and
brave battle with cancer. He was 78. He had a distinguished career as
an editor, reporter, columnist, and author. Carl joined Edgefield Daily
as a columnist
in December of 2006 and continued his writing until May
Carl was an award winning veteran newspaper reporter who began his
career in 1957 after completing his service in the United States Army
during the Korean Conflict as a code breaker in Germany. He was a
graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and
has written four books, three based on his columns and editorials,
after retiring from the Aiken Standard in 2002.
Proceeds of his books went to charities. "Parting Shots: Never Judge a
Book by Its Cover", his third book, went to Molly's Militia, a
pet rescue organization dear to his heart from his love of
He spent 45 years in the newspaper business, most of it with the
Augusta Chronicle and Augusta Herald. During his long career he held a
number of reporting and editorial positions with the Augusta newspapers
and was a reporter and special assignments writer and columnist with
the Aiken Standard.
"Carl was not just a columnist for Edgefield Daily, he was a friend, a
mentor, and the only person I knew that loved the Gamecocks more than
me," Edgefield Daily founder Roy Blackwell said. "His words of
encouragement and counsel helped Edgefield Daily become the media
enterprise it is today. He had a kind heart, a love of life and
animals, and would never turn down an opportunity to share his immense
knowledge of politics and the realities of the world we live in. I will
miss him very much and shall forever cherish our friendship."
Fellow writer Priscilla Boatwright, who worked with Carl at the Aiken
Standard said, "Carl could be a grizzly, snarling and growling, raking
his claws through those - especially in municipal or county government
- whose intent or actions he questioned. But he
could also be a Teddy bear, nuzzling ailing egos, offering a soft
shoulder and a lifetime of knowledge to those young journalists whose
rose-colored glasses prevented them from seeing the reality of life. He
praised those who deserved it, befriended those who needed it and
molded those who would allow it."
A memorial service for Carl will be held on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at
5pm at George Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 211 Park Ave. SW
Aiken. The family will then receive guests until 8pm. Memorial
donations may be directed to Molly’s Militia, The Aiken SPCA or
Southern Care Hospice. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the
Aiken Coffee Club. The funeral home can be reached at 803-649-6234. You
can sign the online guest register at www.georgefuneralhomes.com.
An Archive of
his Columns can be found here.
Photo courtesy of the Aiken Standard
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