Orangeburg Icon and Naismith Hall of Famer Frank Staley Jr. Passes Away

Mr. Staley was an assistant mathematics professor at SC State, a football and basketball statistician, clock operator, football chain crew member and longtime football and basketball official.

Courtesy of SCSU Athletics

ORANGEBURG, SC South Carolina State Hall of Famer and Orangeburg Icon Frank Staley Jr. will be laid to rest Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, during an 11 a.m. graveside service at Belleville Memorial Gardens.

HBCU Gameday cameras were fortunate enough to catch Frank Staley Jr. cheering on the Bulldogs from the sidelines in 2017. Mr. Staley appears at the 8 second mark of the video below.

Services will be streamed live on the Facebook page of Glover’s Funeral Home of Orangeburg, which is charge of arrangements. All those attending must wear a mask and adhere to all COVID-19 rules and regulations. Mr. Staley died Friday, Dec. 25 at home following an extended illness. He was 90.

An Americus, Ga. native and SC State graduate, Mr. Staley, enjoyed a long and productive career as an assistant mathematics professor at SC State, where he also served in a number of other capacities during his tenure, among them football and basketball statistician, clock operator, and football chain crew member. A longtime football and basketball official, Mr. Staley retired after 30 years of service at SC State, where he earned his bachelor’s in 1951. He earned a master’s at Columbia University in New York.

He was also active in the Orangeburg community, serving as Boys Scout Leader for over 60 years and on a number of Boards and Commissions. A Korean War veteran, he was past Commander of American Legion Post 239 and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8166. He was also a Mason and Shriner.

Mr. Staley was inducted into the SCSU Quarter Century Club in 2006 and is also a member of the Bulldog Athletic Hall of Fame and the SCSU ROTC Hall of Fame. In addition, he is a member of SC Officials Basketball Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

He received a number of honors during his productive life and was named Citizen of the Year by the Orangeburg Times and Democrat in 2012.

Frank Staley Jr.
Frank Staley

Orangeburg Icon and Naismith Hall of Famer Frank Staley Jr. Passes Away
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