Former Gov. James Edwards, the first Republican elected governor of South Carolina since Reconstruction, was remembered Monday for his humanity and humor.
Edwards, 87, once quipped that when politicians leave office, they go from being a “who’s who” to a “who’s he?” son-in-law Kenneth Wingate of Columbia said during Monday’s funeral service for Edwards, who died Friday.
But even after leaving office, Edwards remained a who’s who as evidenced by the number of S.C. politicians who attended Monday’s service, including Gov. Nikki Haley; former Govs. Richard Riley, David Beasley and Mark Sanford; U.S. Sen. Tim Scott; U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson and his son, Attorney General Alan Wilson; and several members of the S.C. General Assembly.
“He never met a stranger, never turned down a request for help, never let race or creed or party affiliation color his love for people,” Wingate said. “Though he held his Republican ideals very closely, he embraced everyone across the aisle.”
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