Former SC lawmaker, businessman laid to rest

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Funeral services have been held for former South Carolina lawmaker Julius Murray, who died last week at the age of 81.

The State reports friends and family paid their last respects Tuesday to Murray, one of the first African Americans to serve on the Richland County Council. A U.S. Air Force veteran, Murray is scheduled for burial at Fort Jackson National Cemetery on Wednesday.

Columbia Urban League President J.T. McLawhorn described Murray as a "pioneer, trailblazer and servant-leader" whose "role was to serve the community."

Murray served in the Air Force from 1955-76, and was one of the military's first African American recruiters located in the Southeast. He was elected to the state House in 1979 and served until 1984.

Survivors include his wife, Gertrude, and three children.

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Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com