Joshua John Naylor

  • Born: August 22, 1988
  • Died: August 6, 2021
  • Location: Central, South Carolina

Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home & Crematory

108 Cross Creek Road
Central, SC 29630
Tel. (864) 639-2411

Tribute & Message From The Family

Joshua John Naylor, 32, passed away surrounded by his family Friday, August 6, 2021. Joshua was born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England on August 22nd, 1988, the son of and Diane Naylor and Kevin Mark Naylor.

Joshua graduated from D.W. Daniel High School in 2006 and went on to receive a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University in 2014. He spent eleven years at Pixie and Bills and four years bartending at Tiger Town Tavern and Top of the Tavern. After graduation Joshua worked for Rolls Royce in Pittsburgh and most recently worked at Oconee Nuclear Power station.

Joshua known as to all as 'Josh' was very passionate about his job as a nuclear engineer and could spend hours talking about nuclear science. Joshua loved to explore and has travelled the world extensively to places such as Italy, Egypt, China, and South Africa. Joshua loved his collection of historical artifacts and various Clemson collectables and proudly showed them to all who visited his home.

Joshua was a high school varsity football player and was fanatical about Clemson football.

Joshua loved to fly and became a licensed pilot at 19. He was a tremendous cook and enjoyed nothing better than going shooting with his close friends.
Joshua will always be remembered for his quick wit and great sense of humor. He was a great conversationalist and was quick at making friends with anyone he met. Joshua was generous to a fault, always kept in contact with his family and friends and deeply cared for those he loved.

Joshua is survived by his parents, Diane and Mark, a younger brother Jacob, his grandmother Evelyn, aunt and uncles Karen, Mark, Paul, and Roger, his cousins and family in England and Canada, Bertie the cat, and his god children Ella, Audrey, and Hunter. He is predeceased by Sheila Parkin, Roger Parkin, John Naylor, and his beloved dog Scruffy.

The family will receive friends at 1PM Wednesday, August 11, at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home in Central, SC. The memorial service follows at 2.00 PM. Scroll to the video player below to view the service.

Memorial donations may be sent to Helen's Hugs, founded by the Corontzes family whom Joshua worked with for many years at Pixie and Bills. Helen's Hugs is a non-profit supporting equestrian therapy for under privileged, special needs children and adults. or checks may be sent to Helen's Hugs, 524 Squire Circle, Clemson, SC 29631

Click the play button in the video player below to watch the service.

Condolences may be expressed at, or in person at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Naylor family.
My prayers and thoughts are filled with Joshua and his family. I did not know Joshua, but from the his family and friends memorials it's clear that he was a very special and good person. I work with Mark at JTEKT and share my true sympathy for this terrible loss. Have faith in GOD and believe that His love surrounds Joshua and the Naylor family.

Posted by chris zadel - Greenville, SC - Coworker   August 11, 2021

So sorry for your loss...sending our condolences to you're all in our Pam , Karen , aunty Kath & the rest of our family xx

Posted by Pam Butler - Family   August 11, 2021

So very sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed Josh coming into medical at Oconee. Prayers for his family.

Posted by Karen Harris RN - Williamston, SC - Friend   August 10, 2021

I'm sorry to learn of Josh's death. He was such a great guy. Praying for you all.

Posted by Brian James - Easley, SC   August 10, 2021

Sorry for your loss we will be praying for you

Posted by Chris Smith - Westminster, SC   August 09, 2021

So sorry to here about Josh, this was a total shock to me as Josh was such a friendly, unassuming work colleague at Rolls-Royce and friend and our connection with England. Josh will be missed tremendously by everyone who knew him. RIP Josh my condolences to his family

Posted by Michael Archer Archer - Pittsburgh, PA - Coworker   August 09, 2021

Josh was a kind fun loving guy who loved his family and friends dearly. The comments I have seen on social media show the feeling was mutual from so many. He messaged my partner recently to thank him for making me so happy and how I deserved every bit of happiness. This shows the kind soul that he had. I'm sorry that I didn't answer his calls as much as I should have done. Love you Josh and sending lots of love to my auntie Diane, uncle Mark and cousin Jake at this sad time. Xxx

Posted by Natasha Worthington - England - Family   August 09, 2021

My heart is with each and every one of you. I loved to sit and have a little back and forth with Josh. If we were in the same room together, we were gonna call each other names and carry on, but we new it was our expression of friendship. I'm deeply saddened by his passing and I hope you all have comfort in time with each other and stories shared. Lots of love, Misty Henly

Posted by Misty Henly - Charleston, SC - Friend   August 09, 2021

Mark and Diane,
I am SO sorry to hear of your loss. I cannot imagine your pain. Praying for you and your family.

Posted by KEVIN KEYLON - WEST UNION, SC - Friend   August 09, 2021

I am so sorry to hear this news about Josh. I loved working with him while at VC Summer Nuclear station. His wit and his joy of living and friendship will always be with me.

Posted by Brian Mervak - Centennial, CO - Friend   August 09, 2021

I worked with Josh for a short period of time at Koyo while he was still at Clemson. He was very bright and witty like is dad. :-) My condolences and prayers for the whole family. May God's peace and strength be with you all during this time. -Jeremy Crenshaw

Posted by Jeremy Crenshaw - Seneca, SC - Family Friend   August 09, 2021


Mark and Diane, your tribute to Josh is so touching. Without a doubt, your love for him has always been well known. Thank you for reminding us of all the things he held dear. Know that you have my deepest sympathy and my ongoing prayers for your family as you navigate these difficult days.

Posted by Jenny Masters - GA - Family Friend   August 09, 2021

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