Roger Dale Finley
Coach Roger Dale Finley, 64, passed away Sunday, May 29, 2022.
Born in Pickens County, he was a son of the late Bud Finley and the late Pat Coleman Finley. Coach Finley was a graduate of Pickens High School, North Greenville College, Erskine College and he received his Master's Degree from the Sports Academy in Alabama. He was a member of Easley First Baptist Church.
Coach Finley taught at both Palmetto High School and Easley High School. He was the head baseball coach at Palmetto High School from 1984 to 2000 where he led them to two AA State Championships, three AA Upstate Championships, five AA Upper State Runner-Ups, Eight AA District Championships, and eleven AA Conference Championships. Later he accepted the Head Baseball Coaching Position with Easley High School where he led them to two AAAA Upper State Runner-Ups, three AAAA District Championships, and one AAAA Conference Championships. Coach Finley held the second highest winning percentage in SC history. Coach Finley led his teams to the playoffs each of the 28 seasons.
His many Coaching Accolades included eleven Conference Coach of the year awards, the Greenville News State Coach of the Year Award, the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year Award, North-South All Star Head Coach, SC vs. NC Select Team Head Coach, Inducted into the Palmetto High School Hall of Fame, Easley High School Hall of Fame, and SCHSL Palmetto's Finest Record Book. He was recently inducted into the SC Coaches Hall of Fame. He loved the games and touched many lives. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Surviving are his wife of forty-two years, Zane Masters Finley; his son, Sparky Masters Finley (Kaytie Donald Finley) of Moore; his brother, Mickey Finley (Glenda) of Pickens; and his two sisters, Tammy Trotter (Keith) of Six Mile, and Dawn Finley of Easley.
Memorial services will be 2:00 PM Thursday, June 2, 2022 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown with Rev. Dr. John Adams officiating.
The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM until 1:45 PM Thursday at the funeral home, prior to the service.
The family is at the home.
Flowers will be accepted and memorials may be made in memory of Coach Finley to the Easley or Williamston Recreation Department Baseball Programs.
Visit RobinsonFuneralHomes.com or Robinson Funeral Home & Crematory-Downtown, Easley.