Former South Carolina Governor Jim Edwards honored by friends and family

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Former South Carolina Governor Jim Edwards was honored Monday by friends, family and South Carolina leaders.

A large crowd packed into St. Phillip's Church, eager to pay their respects to Edwards, a man who touched the lives of countless South Carolinians.

"A true gentleman, a man of integrity," said South Carolina State Senator Larry Grooms.

Those attending Edwards' service used many different adjectives to describe him: amazing, humble, historic.

However, it was his son-in-law, Kenneth Wingate, who might have put it best.

Wingate said Edwards was known for three qualities: his humor, humanity and humility.

"He never met a stranger, he never turned down a request for help," said Wingate. "He never let race, or creed or party affiliation color his love for people."

Edwards was a mentor to many.

"He gave me a hard time on things I got right or wrong during my own governorship," Rep. Mark Sanford.

"He had a unique way of inspiring people to become better than themselves," said Grooms.

Edwards also greatly impacted Medical University of South Carolina as president for 17 years, before retiring.

"He took the Medical University of South Carolina from being a good school to a great school," Grooms.

Through it all, Edwards carried a sense of humor with him.

"He made everybody laugh, he'd lighten up the room," said Iris Campbell, widow of former South Carolina Governor Carroll Campbell. "A great guy, we're all going to miss him."

It may have been fitting that at Edwards' funeral, there were few tears but laughter when remembering this legendary man.

"What a great man, Governor Edwards," said David Beasley, Former South Carolina Governor.

Edwards was laid to rest at the Christ Church Cemetery in Mount Pleasant, the town he moved to with his family when he was ten years old.

"He never let success go to his head," said Wingate. "His favorite title was just plain 'Jim'."

Edwards' passed away the day after Christmas, in his home, at the age of 87.

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