Julian B. Salley, Jr. was born August 5, 1912, in Aiken County to parents Eulalie Chafee and Julian B. Salley. He was a graduate for the former Aiken Institute and of The Citadel and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega social fraternity and elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Upon graduation, he joined the Aiken firm of Henderson & Salley and remained there throughout his legal career.
Salley served as Aiken County Attorney from 1951 to 1973. When Henderson & Salley merged with the Hull Towill firm of Augusta to become Hull Towill Norman Barrett & Salley in 1999, Salley became Of Counsel to the firm. He was admitted to practice before state and federal courts in South Carolina as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.
He was a proud veteran of World War II where he served in the U.S. Army as a tank commander in the European Theater. He retired from the Army Reserves with the rank of Lt. Colonel.
Salley was a Life Trustee of the Hitchcock Foundation, a trustee of the Whitney Trust, and a Governor Emeritus of the Green Boundary Club. He was a former member and past president of the Rotary Club of Aiken, a former member of the Aiken Businessmen’s Club, former trustee of the Phelps Foundation, honorary trustee of the Friends of Hopelands and Rye Patch, and a 50–year volunteer and former board member of the American Red Cross. He participated in and supported many other civic and charitable organizations throughout his life. He was a lifelong member of St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church.
Salley is survived by his daughter, Sara Salley Wood; niece, Salley R. Carr; and great-nephew, Thomas Carr.