Beloved restaurateur Joe Lesley passes away

Joe H. Lesley

Easley — Joe Harrison Lesley, 77, of Easley, known to many as “Hot Dog,” went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

Born Oct. 9, 1939, in Easley, the son of the late Jack and Blanche Hughey Lesley, Joe was a graduate of Easley High School and attended North Greenville Junior College.

Joe was the proud and well known owner and operator of Joe’s Ice Cream Parlor. He received the Small Business of the Year award and served on the Cornerstone Bank Advisory Board. Joe had a passion for sports, where he was a frequent spectator, and was inducted into the Easley High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a faithful member of Easley First Baptist Church, where he belonged to the ER Eller Sunday School class.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Carolyn Keasler Lesley; two daughters, Carol Jo L. Baumgarner (Rick), and Julie L. Ellison (Matt), all of Easley; four grandchildren who called him “Papa Joe,” Taylor and Reagan Baumgarner and Lesley and Trey Ellison; and a sister, Mildred Williams of Easley.

In addition to his parents, Joe was predeceased by two sisters, Louise Walker and Jean Bush.

Funeral services were held Aug. 14 at Easley First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. John Adams and the Rev. John Parker officiating.

Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, which is assisting the family.