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Laurens City Cemetery
Saturday February 6th, 2021

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Bo Ariail

James Warren “Bo” Ariail




James Warren “Bo” Ariail, age 76, and loving husband of La Juan Horne Ariail, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. Bo was surrounded by the ones he loved the most; his family.


Born in Laurens on August 4, 1944, he was the son of the late Dr. Robert Hodges Ariail and Minnie Philson Ray Ariail. Bo was a US Marine Veteran and was a Guardian with the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Mr. Ariail was an avid athlete at LHS, graduating with honors as class president in 1962.  He then attended Clemson and graduated from Limestone College.  Bo coached Dixie Youth Baseball and won the State Championship in 1981. He loved Clemson Tigers, Nascar, and enjoyed fishing. Over the years, Bo was employed with Duke Energy and Laurens Electric, and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.


Bo’s highest calling was to his children, Patrick Warren Ariail (Larrisa) of Inman, Rachel Ariail Jordan (Chris) of Simpsonville, and Joshua Lee Gilmer (Alyssa) of Laurens. He was blessed with ten grandchildren, Ariail Rae Jordan, Campbell Lucille “Lucy” Ariail, Caroline Lee Jordan, Brody Matthew Hanvey, Braden Lee “Indy” Gilmer, Landon James “Turk” Gilmer, Richard Mason Gilmer, Baylee Savannah “Bama” Gilmer, Ellie Scarlett “Ellie Bug” Gilmer, and Jesse Logan “Goose” Gilmer.


A graveside service will be held at 3:30 PM, Saturday, February 6, 2021, at Laurens City Cemetery conducted by Rev. Jim Hamilton. The family will receive friends at The Kennedy Mortuary from 1:00 – 3:00 PM prior to the service on Saturday.


The family will be at the residence.


Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.thekennedymortuary.com.

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Praying for the family and wishing you peace now that Bo has gone to he's Heavenly Home. Bo and I served together in the USMC with the 57th Rifle Co. We had some tough and fun times over the years, we also became good friends in civilian life. I regret not staying in touch. You could always depend on Bo!

DON ODOM Feb 16 2021 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with you all thru this difficult time.
Phyliss Dunaway

Phyliss Dunaway Feb 10 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Bos passing. Prayers go out to Family and Friends !

Lamar Meeks Feb 10 2021 12:00 AM

I am so very sorry to hear of Bo's passing. I work at Laurens Electric and Bo was the service man for the area I ran. He was always there to help when I needed it. He was a good man. I pray God will give you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

Sherri D Davenport Feb 5 2021 12:00 AM

Our condolences to Bos family. Praying for each of you now and in the days ahead.

Rick and Ann Templeton Poole

Ann poole Feb 5 2021 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear about Bo & sympathy to the families. I recall story about Bo when he scoured up a Duke Power pole in vain attempt to save a comrade who came in contact with a live wire. RIP brother!

John wasson Feb 5 2021 12:00 AM

I remember Bo and he and I played football for LHS in the early 60s. I think his LHS senior picture said something like, "Short in statue, but tall in character." Travel well Bo. You will be both missed and remembered by so many.

Tom Brightwell Feb 5 2021 12:00 AM

La Juan,
I was shocked when I saw that Bo had passed away. I always enjoyed the time that we spent with you and him at the beach or just before you and I were off to shop. It has been quiet a while since I last saw Bo but he was still the same. I know you are going to be lost without him. Cherish all the wonderful memories you had together. Johnny and I are praying for you and the family that you will find peace and understanding in the days ahead.

Jessie Jacks Feb 5 2021 12:00 AM

Dear family
I was so sorry to hear about Bos death. Bo and I played together when we were 8/9 yrs old. Bos dad was the doctor who delivered me many yrs ago. He was a great person and will missed my many.
Please accept sincere condolences,
Buddy Jennings

Buddy Jennings Feb 5 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Bo Ariail

Dennis & Debbie Shelton Feb 4 2021 12:00 AM

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