Former U.S. Sen. Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings has died
Former Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the eulogy at next week’s funeral for the late-Democratic U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings in his hometown of Charleston.
Gov. Henry McMaster and U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., will also deliver remarks at the service, to take place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16, at the Summerall Chapel at Hollings’ alma mater, The Citadel military college.
More speakers are likely to be announced, said Hollings family spokesman Andy Brack.
Biden, who is weighing a run for president in 2020, was Hollings’ close friend. The two men served together in the U.S. Senate and remained close after Hollings retired in 2004 after a 38-year career. Biden also delivered the eulogy at the funeral of South Carolina’s other long-serving U.S. senator and former colleague, Republican Strom Thurmond, who died in 2001 at the age of 100.
Before the funeral, on Monday, April 15, Hollings’ body will lie in repose at the S.C. State House in Columbia from 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
On Sunday, April 14, James A. McAlister Funerals and Cremation in Charleston will host a visitation from 3 to 6 p.m.
Hollings died this past Saturday morning at the age of 97 at his home in Isle of Palms, S.C. In 1966, he was elected to the U.S. Senate and served for nearly four decades, during which time he wielded powerful committee assignments and was unafraid to pull strings in Washington to deliver money and resources to South Carolina.
Earlier in his career, Hollings was a state representative, lieutenant governor and governor.