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Former state Sen. T. Ed Garrison Jr., 91, passes away

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A marker honors T. Ed Garrison Jr. at the arena named for him at Clemson University. (June 17, 2013/FOX Carolina) A marker honors T. Ed Garrison Jr. at the arena named for him at Clemson University. (June 17, 2013/FOX Carolina)
T. Ed Garrison, Jr. (Source: Denver Downs Farm website) T. Ed Garrison, Jr. (Source: Denver Downs Farm website)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A legendary figure in Upstate politics is being remembered.

T. Ed Garrison Jr., who spent decades serving Anderson County in the state legislature, died Sunday afternoon of natural causes, according to Anderson County Corner Greg Shore. He was 91 years old.

Garrison spent most of his life in Anderson County, having been raised on Garrison Farm (now known as Denver Downs Farm), and graduating Clemson University in 1942.

He was also a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Force in the South Pacific.

Garrison returned to farming after the war - but his love of agriculture eventually led him to a career in politics that spanned nearly 30 years.

Garrison served as a state representative for seven years before becoming a state senator serving Anderson County in 1967, where he served for 20 years.

According to his online biography, Garrison's political career was spent serving as chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Education committees. Garrison also served in various local and state farming and dairy groups.

Garrison was also honored with The Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor awarded in the state.

The T. Ed Garrison Arena at Clemson University is also named in Garrison's honor.

Garrison and his wife Juanita had six children, many of whom became involved in the family business.

He is survived by his wife and five of his children. His son, Bart, died in an accident on the farm in 1989.

Family members say the funeral will be held Wednesday at Welcome Baptist Church at 2 p.m.

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