Fmr. SC Gov Ernest Frederick “Fritz” Hollings dies at 97


(AP/WCBD) – Former South Carolina Governor and U.S. Senator Ernest Frederick Hollings has passed away at the age of 97.

Fritz Hollings has been fighting for the state of South Carolina most of his life.

He was a native of Charleston, who graduated from The Citadel in 1942 and immediately received a commission from the U.S. Army.

Hollings served as an officer in the North African and European campaigns during World War II, while receiving the Bronze Star and seven campaign ribbons.

When he returned from the war, he entered the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Working through holidays and summers, he graduated in 1947 — less than three years after he began.

Among some of his accomplishments, Hollings was well-deserved for his reputation for economic common sense that made South Carolina a modern success story. 

The Hollings family released a statement after the passing of former Governor Hollings.

“Our father, Fritz Hollings, was dedicated to his family, the United States Senate and the people of South Carolina.  He was a hero for us and millions of Americans.  He was so honored to have served the people of this great state in the South Carolina House of Representatives, as lieutenant governor and governor, and as a member of the United States Senate.

“While we are heartbroken, we hope that in the coming days and weeks as we celebrate our father’s life, all South Carolinian’s will be reminded of his service to our state and nation.”

 A full list of arrangements have yet to be announced, but the Associated Press reports that on April 14th there will be a 3 hour visitation in Charleston.  On April 15th, Hollings’ body will lie in repose at the Statehouse in Columbia with a funeral service on April 16th at the Citadel in Charleston.

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