Former Senator Garrison dies


Former Senator T. Ed Garrison, Jr. died Sunday at age 91.

Garrison was known for his Denver Downs Farm located between Anderson and Clemson and for years of service to the state where he was a champion for agriculture and conservation. He often participated in the Denver Downs Christmas parade and served as the parade’s Grand Marshall last year.

A 1942 graduate of Clemson University, the T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena was named for him in 1991. As a senator, he secured funding for the SC Land Resources Commission, which became a part of the Department of Natural Resources. He advocated for state storm water management, mine land reclamation, dam and reservoir safety and landscape architect registration.

He was a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto and the Clemson Distinguished Service Alumni Award.

Garrison’s family will receive visitors from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Denver Downs farmhouse. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Welcome Baptist Church.