GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – Former longtime state senator for Greenville Ralph Anderson has died at the age of 92.
Anderson died at his home Saturday around 2:30pm from natural causes after an illness, according to the Greenville County Coroner’s Office.
“I liked to have fell out of my chair when she called and told me that her father had passed, I was like wow,” longtime friend Kenneth Baxter said.
Anderson served in the South Carolina statehouse for 22 years as both a representative, from 1991 through 1997, and as a senator, from 1997 until 2013.
“You know when Ralph Anderson sat in a room that he had your back. He wasn’t somebody that was going to cut you in the back, if he gave you his word his word was his bond,” former representative Fletcher Smith said.
Prior to his time at the statehouse, Anderson held a seat on the Greenville City Council from 1983 to 1991.
“He said Ken I’ll always do my job like God is watching me.” Baxter said.
“He was a political giant and to come from where he came from for 92 years and did the things that he did in this community for the state is a testament to his ability not only as a thinker, but as a person with a heart.” Smith said.
Anderson also spent more than 30 years as a postmaster before retiring.
South Carolina Senate Democrats tweeted about Anderson’s passing saying, “His commitment to the Upstate and his long career of public service left South Carolina a better place.”
Anderson was awarded the Order of the Palmetto in 2012.