Jan Gourley

Jan "Paige" Gourley

02-16-1957 - 06-18-2023

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Jan “Paige” Gourley, 66 years old, passed away peacefully on June 18, 2023, at Prisma Health Richland. Paige was born February 16, 1957, in, Martinsville, Virginia to Franklin Meade Gurley and the late Betty Ann Craig Gourley. Paige is one of four girls. Paige graduated from Bassett High in 1975 and continued to go on to study at Coastal Carolina University. Paige worked at the South Carolina Department of Social Services from July 1994 till November 2015 when she retired. After retirement, Paige enjoyed drinking her coffee and relaxing at home with her 3 dogs (Lego, Quinn, and Jax). Paige was an animal lover and she spent many years volunteering at the Darlington County Human Society. Paige had a heart of gold. She knew no strangers and made friends everywhere she went. “To know her was to love her.” Paige loved being a mom and Nana; her son and grandchildren were her life.

Paige is preceded in death by her mother, Betty Craig. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, a son Nicklaus Shumake (Kaitlyn), and 3 grandchildren; Elise, Ricky, and Emersyn, her father and stepmother Frank Gourley (Alice) and 3 sisters; Suzette Sells (Jim), Tobey Marshall (Rob), and Ethel Ward (Mark). As well as her close cousin Virginia O’Brien (Terry) and many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

Remember Me

To the living, I am gone.

To the sorrowful, I will never return.

To the angry, I was cheated but, to the happy,

I am at peace and to the faithful, I have never left.

I cannot speak, but I can listen.

I cannot be seen, but I can be heard.

So, as you stand upon the shore gazing at a beautiful sea, remember me.

Remember me in your hearts, in your thoughts,

and the memories of the times we loved.

The times we cried, the battle I fought and the times we laughed.

For if you always think of me.

I will have never gone.


A private Celebration of Life will be held for family and close friends; information will be given. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Darlington County Humane Society in Paige's honor.

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