SC (WMBF) - State leaders expressed condolences of the passing of former governor James Edwards on Friday. He died Friday at age 87.
Gov. Nikki Haley expressed how the former governor "appreciated the opportunities and challenges of the office."
Her note reads:
As someone who appreciated the opportunities and challenges of this office, Governor Edwards always offered kind words of support and encouragement - and we are forever grateful for his friendship. Michael and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Governor Edwards, whose love for South Carolina inspired him to serve until his last day, and we are praying for the Edwards family during this difficult time. -- Gov. Haley
Sen. Tim Scott posted his condolences on social media.
His message reads:
Tim Scott On the passing of former Governor James Edwards: My thoughts and prayers go out to Anne and Governor Edwards' entire family. Jim was an early mentor of mine as I entered public service, and I am forever thankful for his advice and encouragement.
From the dedication of Patriot's Point during his time as Governor to his efforts expanding MUSC while serving as President, Governor Edwards has left an important legacy in our state. No matter if he was serving as a Cabinet member for President Reagan or on a board for President George H.W. Bush, we always knew that Jim's heart was here at home with the people of South Carolina. -- Sen. Scott
Sen. Lindsey Graham called Edwards a "pioneer for the Republican Party."
Graham shared this post on Facebook:
It was with great sadness I learned of the passing of Governor Edwards today. He as truly one of the most decent men to have ever served as governor of South Carolina. He was a pioneer for the Republican Party and continued to stay involved in party building activities throughout his life. However, his true passions were medicine and his family.
His imprint on our state will be long lasting and today South Carolina mourns the passing of one of our finest leaders. -- Sen. Graham
Born James Burrows Edwards on June 24, 1927 in Hawthorne, Florida, he served as governor of South Carolina from 1975 to 1979.
Edwards was the first Republican governor elected in South Carolina since Reconstruction.