Former State Treasurer Grady Patterson has died at the age of 85. Patterson was the Treasurer for 40 years, up until 2006.
Although Patterson served as a Democrat, Republican political officials are paying tribute to the former S.C. State Treasurer.
House speaker Bobby Harrell says, “Grady Patterson was a good friend to me and to the people of South Carolina. All of us who have had the pleasure of getting to know Grady over the rich history of his life will truly miss him. He selflessly served our country during a time of war, guided our state through his public service and devoted himself fully to his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Patterson family as we remember and honor the memory of this great South Carolinian.”
Congressman Joe Wilson says, “South Carolina today mourns the loss of a distinguished member of our community who dedicated his life to serving our state and our country. Major General Patterson’s contributions to our state as Assistant Attorney General and as South Carolina’s State Treasurer are still seen today. His selfless and brave service to our country in the Army Air Corps in WWII, the Korean War, and the Berlin Conflict, will not be forgotten.
“Major General Patterson, who served in the South Carolina Air National Guard, was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. My thoughts are prayers are with his remarkable family at this time.”
S.C. Comptroller Richard Eckstrom says of Patterson, “Grady leaves a great legacy of service to the people of South Carolina and the United States. He was a remarkable public servant who truly loved his state. My thoughts and prayers are with Marjorie and their remarkable family, who served the state alongside Grady and who now continue his tradition of working toward a better South Carolina.”
Patterson served during World War II as a part of the South Carolina Air National Guard. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant General and earned several military honors.