South Carolina General Assembly
119th Session, 2011-2012
Journal of the Senate

Friday, March 23, 2012
(Local Session)

Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter

The Senate assembled at 11:00 A.M., the hour to which it stood adjourned, and was called to order by the ACTING PRESIDENT, Senator SCOTT.


On motion of Senator LEVENTIS, with unanimous consent, the Senate stood adjourned out of respect to the memory of James "Big Jim" Karvelas, age 84, beloved husband of Grace Pitts Karvelas, died on Sunday, March 18, 2012, at his residence. He was a son of the late John Karvelas and the late Aphrodite Karkania Karvelas, each of whom came from Greece. He attended the public schools of Jersey City, NJ, and later attended the University of South Carolina when his family moved to Sumter for business reasons in June, 1944. "Big Jim" served with distinction in the Army Air Corps during World War II and later became the owner and operator of "Big Jim's" restaurant for over 63 years. He was a 67-year continuous member of the Gamecock Club and lived to see Carolina football go 11-2. He had been an active member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Columbia since 1947, and was a past president of the Parish council. No one lived larger, joked harder, loved deeper and cared more than "Big Jim". We will miss his wit and his heart, and his telling us how to do it better. The passing of "Big Jim" left a big hole in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.


At 11:08 A.M., on motion of Senator CROMER, the Senate adjourned to meet next Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at 12:00 Noon.

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