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Florence - Funeral service for Mr. Robert Harley will be conducted 1:00 PM, Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at J. O. & Annette Smith Memorial Chapel, 307 S. Johns St. Florence. Interment will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens of Florence directed by Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC.

Robert, son of the late Willie and Lelia Mae Kelly Harley was born on July 20, 1946 in Florence County. He died Saturday, March 17, 2018.

Robert attended the Public Schools of Florence County and was a 1965 graduate of Wilson High School. After graduating he was employed with the Seaboard Railroad Corporation for a brief period of time before relocating to Bronx, New York. While living in New York he was employed at New York Presbyterian Hospital for approximately 38 years. After retiring Robert moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut for a period of seven years, and then moved to Washington, DC.

Survivors include two brothers, Isaiah (Martha) Harley and Charles (Nancy) Harley; one sister, Mary Lee Barcus; three step-sisters; four step-brothers; two sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; a special friend, Shirley L. Bethea; her daughter; her granddaughters; a host of nephews; nieces; other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friend at 1423 E. Evans St., Florence.

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  • Saturday, March 17, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Smith Funeral Home of Florence
  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018
    Sorry to hear about lost of a great longtime friend. Best wishes to the family.
    ~ Roosevelt 'Bell' Eaddy   Mauldin, SC
  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018
    My condolences to the family in the loss of your beloved family member. It is very difficult when a loved one fall asleep in death. But the Bible provides comfort to help you cope with your loss. Psalm 34:18 says; Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit. He also expresses a wonderful hope for the future to reunite you and your loved one. At Hosea 13:14 it says: From the power of the grave I (God) will redeem them; From death I will recover them. This wonderful promise from our loving heavenly father can encourage and strengthen you as you look forward to seeing your loved one again. To learn more about this promise please visit our website: jw.org and view the comforting video; Is There Hope for the Dead?
    ~ R. Sweatman   Decatur, GA
  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018
    It saddens us to hear you are mourning the loss of your loved one. May you find strength and comfort from the words of Psalms 34:18. It reads: “Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit." Our loving God is there for us if we ask for his help (1 John 5:14). He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). What a joy it will be to welcome back to life your loved ones who are asleep in death!! You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection. ~~~You are also cordially invited to the memorial of Jesus death. The means by which the promise of a paradise is possible. Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 7:00 pm ; Location: Hampton Inn & Suites 1735 Stokes Rd, Florence, SC 29501
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018
    Accept our heartfelt sympathy in your recent loss. May you find strength and comfort from the words of Nahum 1:7 Which reads: “Jehovah is good, a stronghold in the day of distress. He is mindful of those seeking refuge in him.” Yes, our loving God is there for us if we allow him to help (1 John 5:14). He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us! You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection. ~~~You are also cordially invited to the memorial of Jesus death. The means by which the promise of a paradise is possible. Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 7:00 pm ; Location: Hampton Inn & Suites 1735 Stokes Rd, Florence, SC 29501
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Wednesday, April 04, 2018
    We can look forward to the day when there will be no more sickness and death. Revelation 21:4 says: "And he (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 36:7; 1 Peter 5:7)
    ~ Rachel Morton