MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - The glue that holds everything together, that is how family describes prominent Lowcountry attorney David Aylor.
Hundreds of his friends and family gathered at Seacoast Church in Mount Pleasant to share memories, worship and pray over his life.
David Aylor, 41, died Monday at his home, Charleston County Coroner Bobbi Jo O’Neal said.
Alyor’s second cousin, Charles Morgan, shares he will always remember Alyor’s smile.
“It tears your heart out that someone 41 years [old] with all that promise and everything was up and here one minute and gone the next,” Morgan said.
Friends and colleagues remembered Aylor, a criminal defense, personal injury and DUI attorney who opened his own law office in 2009, as someone with a “generous and helpful spirit.”
“David started this firm 14 years ago as a sole practitioner in shared office space and grew it into the successful 22-person firm it is today,” David Aylor Law Offices Managing Attorney Lindsay Johnson said. “He cared deeply for his employees and clients. He treated us all like family. David’s legacy of grit, hard work, and community focus remains and will continue to guide us.”
At the service, state representative Deon Tedder and Senator Marlon Kimpson presented resolutions given by the South Carolina House of Representatives and Senate to commemorate Aylor’s work, which they say is the highest honor that can be given.
His uncle gave his eulogy and says his key traits were being generous, loyal, hardworking and authentic. Pastor Josh Surratt was inspired by the anchor logo used for Aylor’s law offices, saying in times like these, you need to find your anchor of hope.
“I don’t think it’s sunk in for anybody, his death and everything,” Morgan said. “One day we will wake up and realize that he’s actually gone; that’s when it will be really bad. It tears your heart out.”
Mayor Christine Rainwater of Hanahan, for which Aylor served as a prosecutor, said she was shocked and heartbroken when she received news of his passing.
“Despite the fact that he was only 41 years old, he touched so many people in our city and really throughout the Lowcountry, and we’re just so grateful for the life he lived, and he will never be forgotten,” Rainwater said.
He also served as a clerk for the South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee under former Sen. Glenn McConnell as well as serving as a clerk for now-retired U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Carr and criminal attorney Andrew Savage III in Charleston.
He graduated from the College of Charleston in 2002 and from the University School of Law in 2006, his bio states.
"Today, on a really hard day, I got to do some pretty great things. First, I got to make David chuckle from above riding to his funeral in a sidecar. I also got to feel and see the support of this loyal and loving biker family. I’m forever grateful for the experience and for being included. What a ride!" Lindsay Johnson, of the Rider's Law Group, said on Instagram of her ride in our talk host Kelly Golden's sidecar hack she calls 'Ruby'.
Aylor’s obituary states he was born in Spartanburg on Jan. 6, 1981, and that he is survived by his parents, two brothers, a son and a niece.
After the service, Aylor was laid to rest at the Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens.
His family says that even though Aylor is gone, he is still holding them together.
The cause and manner of his death are still pending.
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