COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – Longtime Senator Ernest “Fritz” Hollings is being honored today at the Statehouse in Columbia.
A motorcade transported his body from the Lowcountry to Columbia early Monday morning where he will lie in state for most of the day.
Politicians, friends and members of the public will have their chance to pay their respects to the man who served the state for so long.
Hollings will be remembered as a great U.S. Senator, former governor and a friend to the state.
State Senator Dick Harpootlian said his final goodbye and talked about what a special person Fritz Hollings was to the people of South Carolina and how he never forgot the people he served.
“He was a great guy. I met him in the ’60s when he was governor—this is a guy who was dedicated to public service,” he said. “He was a guy who reached across the aisle, who did not suffer fools gladly, had a very sharp tongue and got things done.”
Hollings fought for education and poverty, he graduated from The Citadel as a commander in 1942, served in the European Theater during World War II, then used his experience to later solve problems for the Palmetto State and the nation throughout his political career.
A Senator for almost 40 years, he was always a junior senator after serving next to longtime Republican Strom Thurmond for so many years.
Hollings will continue to lie in state until 5:00 p.m.
He will be transported back to the Lowcountry for a funeral service scheduled for Tuesday at The Citadel. Count on us for complete coverage on-air, online and in the app.