ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - An Anderson County council member has died after her family says she faced COVID-19, pneumonia, and other health complications.
According to a post on her page written by her son, councilwoman Gracie Floyd passed away just before 6:30 p.m. Friday. She is survived by her mother, sister, and two sons. Funeral arrangements are still pending.
Floyd served District 2 of Anderson County for 21 years, and her time serving the community has included teaching for 30 years. She served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal according to her profile on the county website. During her time on the council, she has helped start more than 12 community-based organizations in her district, started a gang task force with local law enforcement, worked on housing issues, helped implement the CAT Bus system, and helped secure more than $400,000 in grants to help clean up old mill sites.
"She was a strong, outspoken lady that never held anything back and I respected her for that. She was a friend, a personal friend, and a mentor," said Anderson County Council Vice Chairman Brett Sanders.
In a statement, county administrator Rusty Burns said “Mrs. Floyd fought a brave fight for 21 years. We are grieving and our hearts go out to her family and friends.”
Fellow members of the Anderson County Council say Floyd always fought for her constituents.
"At the end of the day you could look back on her history being on county council, if she ever got something on her mind that she wanted to change or make a difference with she fought and she fought hard for it," said Anderson County District 3 Councilman Ray Graham.
They also agree that to be able to serve for 21 years, meant she connected with the community.
"Not only did she serve the citizens in her district, but it's obvious that she also listened to the citizens in her district," said Graham.
Floyd began serving after her husband, William A. Floyd, passed away in 1999. She was elected to complete his term and continued holding the seat since. William was the first African-American to serve on the county council.