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Passing of a Media Icon: Carl E. Langley Jr.

Sept. 27, 1932 - March 25, 2011

web posted March 28, 2011
AIKEN – It is with heavy heart that we bring you 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 of 2010.

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 animals. 

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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