A longtime state senator from Anderson County has died.
Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said former Sen. T. Ed Garrison died of natural causes at his home in Pendleton Sunday afternoon at age 91.
Garrison served in the South Carolina legislature for over 30 years. The lifelong Democrat started in the House in 1960 before winning election to the Senate seven years later. He eventually became chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committees before retiring from office in 1987.
In his private life, Garrison ran his family’s dairy operation at Denver Downs Farm. He was a Clemson graduate who also served in the Army Air Corps as a bomber pilot during World War II, according to a brief bio on the Denver Downs website.
Garrison married his wife Juanita in 1955. The couple had six children.
He was best known during his years in public office as a champion for the state’s agricultural and natural resource interests. Clemson’s T. Ed Garrison Arena is named in his honor. He was a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto— South Carolina’s highest civilian award.
Garrison’s family says they will receive visitors at the farmhouse on Tuesday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Welcome Baptist Church.