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Marley Kanoelani Lion
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • St. James Episcopal Church
    1872 Camp Road
    Johns Island, SC 29412

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“I knew Marley as an after school student at James Island Presbyterian. He was an awesome kid, with an outstanding sense of humor. I pray that he is...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Katie Lafayette

“I am so sorry. Rest in peace, M ”
2 of 21 | Posted by: C - Fellow AMHS Student

“robert and liz, words cannot express how saddened troy and i have been over hearing about this tragedy... we have just been sick over it. marley...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: emily and troy herring charleston

“Marley Lion not only had the coolest name at Academic Magnet but he had an amazing attitude towards everything. No matter the situation Marley was...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Keegan Shelton - Cayce, SC

“Elizabeth and Robert, Our heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. We had the pleasure of meeting Marley on a couple of occasions and we found...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Debbie Czerniak & Alan Webb - SC

“We arrived in town only Sunday night and did not hear until Monday. We are so very sorry that you have lost someone so precious to you. While you...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Tom and Jo Berry - SC - Friend

“All of my memories of Marley are of him with a great big smile. (Actually, whenever I think of Liz, I always picture her with the same big smile.) ...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Leslie Minerd - Columbia, SC

“Elizabeth, One can't even imagine the pain you are going through. My heart aches at your loss, such a wonderful young man your son was. My...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Margie Layman - Summerville, SC

“RIP sweet Marley. You will be missed! Love you Liz! ”
9 of 21 | Posted by: Summer - Friend of mother

“Our prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. GOD bless you. from Toddy, Steven, Cynthia, Alex and Madison Neal. We love you. ”
10 of 21 | Posted by: The Neal Family (Mt. Zion AME) - SC

“I had the pleasure of teaching Marley Pre-Algebra. I can honestly say that he and his classmates were one of the best group of kids I have had the...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Shelly Guthrie - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“My heart is broken for you and your family. I did not know Marley personally but I felt as though I did through my son Bennett. I can tell you that...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Steve Love - Charleston, SC

“Liz and Robert, Trying to find the words to express our sorrow is impossible. Nothing measures up to what we want to say, or how we feel. You are...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Nancy Langston and David Shepp - SC

“Liz, your mission friends in Mexico, El Salvador and South Carolina are grieving with you. Marley was and will always be a blessing. One day...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Lee Patrick McDonald - SC

“I had the pleasure of meeting Marley as the statistician for the AMHS football and basketball teams. He was a pleasant, respectful young man who...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Sherry Rabon - Johns Island, SC

“I am so incredibly sorry for this great loss. I taught Marley in middle school, and he was such an amazing and unique kid! He will be missed by many!...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Nova Chartrand - Charleston, SD

“My deepest and sincerest condolences for your loss. I know that you must surely be fine people, because I was notified of your loss through our...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Joe Pfaehler - Charleston, SC

“I didn't know Marley, but I know how much pain your family is in. I lost my 18 year old nephew 8 weeks ago. Right now all you can do is survive. ...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Kim Card - Mt PLeasant , SC

“We had the pleasure of knowing Marley because of his friendship with our daughter, Emily. He was a smart, witty, respectful young man and was loved...Read More »
19 of 21 | Posted by: Ron and Liz Gossen - Charleston, SC

“I had the pleasure to Coach Marley as a member of the AMHS Football Staff. Marley is one of those players you will always remember when you reflect...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: Sean Halliburton - Goose Creek, SC

“To the family, We were shocked and saddened to hear of Marley's passing, a tragic loss at such a young age. Marley was a wonderful young man and...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Pat & Karen Harrington - Hanahan, SC


Marley Kanoelani Lion entered into eternal rest on the morning of June 16, 2012. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service in St. James Episcopal Church Ministry Center on James Island, Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be private. The family will receive friends at St. James Episcopal Church Ministry Center on Wednesday, June 20, between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Marley was born July 31, 1994 in Lihue, Hawaii, the son of William Byron Swartz and Elizabeth Mizell Paige. He graduated from Academic Magnet High School and was an incoming freshman at Clemson University. He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church where he served as a crucifer.

Marley was a strong, happy and handsome young man. He was a talented musician, hard working athlete, bright student, loving son, brother and grandson, and a faithful friend. His exuberant and playful spirit, his compassionate nature, his deep strength, and his strong love blessed many lives and he will be greatly missed here.

Marley is survived by his mother and step-father, Robert Paige, of Johns Island; his father, Will Swartz of Washington State; two brothers, Ethan Miles Paige and Robert Duane Paige; maternal grandparents, Patricia Berne Mizell, Hayes Mizell and Kate Swanson of Columbia, SC; and paternal grandparents, Angie and Sam Livengood of Little River, SC and Donna and Bruce Paige of Lake Oconee, GA.

Memorials may be made to St. James Episcopal Church, 1872 Camp Road, Charleston, SC 29412.