Toal announces deaths of two S.C. judges

Two respected South Carolina judges have died, the S.C. Supreme Court announced.

Circuit Judge Wyatt Saunders of Laurens and Family Court Judge Berry Mobley of Lancaster both died Tuesday, said Chief Justice Jean Toal.

Mobley, 76, a former Lancaster County Council member, was elected to his family court judgeship in 1982. At the time of his death, he was semi-retired.

Saunders, 67, was a former family court judge and Laurens city attorney. He was elected as a judge for the 8th Judicial Circuit in 1998.

Toal said in a posting on the Supreme Court's Internet site that "her heart breaks for their families and all those who love these two good, decent men who accepted the vocation of judge and acquitted themselves with honor."