Former senator Garrison dies

T. Ed Garrison

T. Ed Garrison

ANDERSON — Former Senator T. Ed Garrison, a lifelong farmer and supporter of Clemson University, as well as the namesake of the university’s T. Ed Garrison Arena, died Sunday of natural causes at age 91.

Garrison was a 1942 Clemson graduate and served as a pilot in the Pacific Theatre during World War II before entering the political arena.

He was instrumental in bringing about the state’s first regional tourism and historic preservation office, Pendleton District Historical, Recreational, and Tourism Commission, to serve Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens Counties, said Pendleton District Commission executive director Vicki Fletcher.

“During his tenure in both houses, T. Ed Garrison was a recognized leader in the areas of agriculture, forestry and natural resources, serving in both the House and Senate on committees for those industries so close to his heart,” Fletcher said. “The Garrison family farmstead, Denver Downs Farm, is one of the state’s premier agri-tourism sites and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.”

Clemson University board of trustees vice chairman and chairman of the agriculture and natural resources committee, Bob Peeler said “the Clemson family is saddened to learn of the passing of one of our own.”

“He had a long life of service, and we are forever grateful for his many contributions, which enhanced the quality of life for all South Carolinians,” Peeler said. “We will hold him and his family, many of whom are also Clemson alumni, in our hearts and memory in the days ahead. He will always be a special part of Clemson’s history.”