The staff of Georgetown Communications was deeply saddened Friday, Sept. 27, to learn of the death of staff writer Ali Akhyari.
Akhyari, 39, died as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Highway 17 in the McClellanville area around 9 p.m. Sept. 26.
The accident was still under investigation by the Charleston County Sheriff’s office as of press time on Wednesday.
Akhyari had written for the Georgetown Times and South Strand News since June of this year.
He wrote about everything from council meetings, feature stories and sporting events.
Ali took pride in the layout and design of each publication and was instrumental in getting the final product to readers’ hands every week.
His final piece of work, which he was very proud of, was the Readers’ Choice Awards section, which was distributed last week.
He had previously written for the Charleston City Paper and other publications around the Charleston area where he resided.
He also was a fiction writer, with many self-published works.
Akhyari was also the founder and lead instructor of High Points Adventure, spending hours exploring and enjoying the outdoors.
He led trips and provided instruction for kids and adults from the coast to the mountains of North and South Carolina.
In his short time at the newspapers, Ali formed close and personal relationships with all of his colleagues at Georgetown Communications and other citizens all across Georgetown County and the South Strand.
Ali also immersed himself into the local community, competing in the Pawleys Island Open Disc Golf Tournament in July and truly caring about the people he covered.
“Ali was a smart, talented and hardworking journalist. Although he had only worked at The Georgetown Times and South Strand News since June, he was liked and respected by everyone he touched,” said Publisher/Editor Peter Banko.
“He was a devoted family man. He was a good, likable man with a wonderful smile and engaging personality. He is gone far too soon. He will be missed by us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Ali is survived by his wife Austen and two children Vivian Rain (7) and Cyrus Love (4).
The entire staff of Georgetown Communications sends our thoughts and condolences to Ali’s family and friends. A Go Fund Me page has been established for Ali's family at https://www.gofundme.com/f/ali-akhyari-memorial-fund