Harland Leslie Thayer
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Harland Leslie Thayer, 79, beloved husband, father, Papa and friend passed away at home on Saturday, November 24, 2012.
He was born on September 20, 1933 in Springfield, MA to Howard Anderson and Gertrude Sikes Thayer. He graduated from Westfield High School, Westfield, MA.
Harland is survived by his wife, Adrith, and their daughters, Sharon Davis and her husband Brad, Melissa Reed, grandchildren, Lauren Davis, Caroline Davis, Christina Stitt, and Savanna Reed. Also surviving are four brothers, Roger, Leigh and wife Jackie, Glenn and wife Nancy, and Richard and wife Betty, and two sisters, Janet Maslar and husband Joe, and Connie Herman and husband Stan. Also surviving are his sisters-in-law Sarah Rowe, Norma Finlay and her husband Alex.
He was predeceased by a sister, Ruth Meissner.
Harland was a proud veteran having retired as a master sergeant from the U.S. Air Force. He had Tours of duty all over the world including Vietnam. For several years he worked for J.D. Hollingsworth on Wheels and retired from General Electric.
A member and deacon of Mauldin First Baptist Church, he was called to a life of service, and in recent years enjoyed participating in youth mission trips with his church family. He loved hunting and the outdoors. He loved life and enjoyed a keen sense of humor, refusing to let age slow him down. He will be sorely missed.
The family will receive friends on Monday, November 26, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Southeast chapel, 1604 NE Main Street, Simpsonville, SC 29681.
The funeral service will be conducted Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at Mauldin First Baptist Church, by the Reverend Wade Leonard and the Reverend L. E. Williamson. Private burial will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mauldin First Baptist Youth Missions, 150 South Main Street Mauldin, SC 29662 or Russell Community Church, 58 Main Street, Russell, MA 01071.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.thomasmcafee.com.
Published in The Greenville News from Nov. 26 to Dec. 5, 2012