George Bull Salley, Jr.

Genealogy in Savannah, Georgia

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I was born, on January 10, 1937, in our family's home, Rivelon, about two miles west of Orangeburg, SC, on US Highways 301/601. Rivelon is more than 200 years old, so I was one of many who were born there. It was originally named Holly Dale, and a Union general stayed there while Sherman’s army was in the area.

I went to the public schools of Orangeburg, graduating in 1955. I entered Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC, in that year. In 1957, I transferred to the University of South Carolina, Columbia, from which I graduated in 1959, Magna Cum Laude, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Chi Psi Fraternity and the Euphradian Society (a debating group). I joined the Army after graduation—they were drafting men back then—and was honorably discharged in 1963, as a sergeant—I served in the Army Security Agency. After my discharge, I practiced as a CPA until 1970, when I entered the School of Theology, at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, and graduated in 1973.

In 1973 I was ordained a deacon by the Right Rev. George M. Alexander, Bishop of Upper South Carolina, and as a priest in 1974. I served as curate of All Saints Church, Cayce, SC, 1973-1974. I was assigned to be the founding vicar of St. Alban's Church, Lexington, SC, in 1974, where I served until 1978. In 1978 I was called back to All Saints Church, to be their rector. I served in that capacity until 1985, when I was called to be the rector of St. Michael and All Angels Church, Savannah, GA.

I retired in 1999, and was the longest tenured rector in their 100+ year history. I then served as interim priest at St. George's Church, Savannah, until 2001. In that year, I became a volunteer assisting priest at St. Paul's Church, also in Savannah. I retired from that church in 2014—serving for a slightly longer time than I did anywhere else—and after 40 years of ordained ministry.

In November 20I4, we went to Lexington, where I was invited by St. Alban’s to preach on their 40th anniversary. On that occasion they named one of their buildings the Salley House—we used it for our services, until we built a church. In the Salley House, I married Anne Harlan Bizzell in 1976—ours was the only marriage that began in the House, conducted by the Rev. Canon Manney Reid, of Trinity Cathedral, Columbia, SC. We have two adult children: Stephen, who teaches fifth grade in Savannah; and Amy, who practices law in Atlanta.

  • Work
    • Retired
  • Education
    • BS, Univ, of SC; MDiv, Univ. of the South