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HouseBill Number: 5290Primary Sponsor: RhoadType of Legislation: CRSubject: James P. "Preacher" HarrelsonDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 19940602Computer Document Number: JMG/1372PBM.94Introduced Date: 19940602Last History Body: HouseLast History Date: 19940602Last History Type: Received from SenateScope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: RhoadType of Legislation: Concurrent Resolution
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN Leg Involved ____ ______ ____________ ______________________________ ___ ____________ 5290 House 19940602 Received from Senate 5290 Senate 19940602 Introduced, adopted, returned with concurrence 5290 House 19940602 Introduced, adopted, sent to SenateView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
TO EXPRESS THE DEEP DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA UPON LEARNING OF THE DECISION OF HONORABLE JAMES P. "PREACHER" HARRELSON OF COLLETON COUNTY NOT TO OFFER FOR REELECTION AND TO THANK HIM FOR HIS LONG AND DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA AND TO WISH HIM WELL IN THE FUTURE.
Whereas, our good friend and respected colleague, the Honorable James P. "Preacher" Harrelson has been an esteemed member of the General Assembly in excess of two decades, having served in the House of Representatives from l957 to l960 and from l99l until the end of this term and in the Senate from l963 to l976; and
Whereas, over the years he has been extremely active in his community, his county, his State and his nation in many civic, legal, political and religious activities including pastoring in the Baptist church, serving on the General Board of the Baptist Convention and serving as National Committeeman of the Young Democrats, Chairman of Colleton County Democratic Party, and as a delegate to several National Democratic Conventions; and
Whereas, James P. "Preacher" Harrelson has been a leader in a the State Bar as an able and active attorney and an astute businessman; and
Whereas, James P. "Preacher" Harrelson served his nation with distinction as a member of the U.S. Army-Air Corps; and
Whereas, his extraordinary oratory has not only reverberated from the pulpit for the betterment of his congregation but has held the members spellbound while entertaining both bodies of this General Assembly on many occasions to the lasting benefit of thousands of South Carolinians; quick of wit and keen of mind he has made significant contributions in his work in the General Assembly on all the committees on which he has served including chairing the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee where through his leadership many controversial far-reaching and significant laws were crafted to the great benefit of our citizens and
Whereas, always a progressive reformer, he was an architect of the present day Reorganization Commission and the primary sponsor of the reorganization and consolidation of the Senate Committee System; and
Whereas, always an advocate of our educational system, James P. "Preacher" Harrelson will always be known as one who promotes the theory of "teaching a man to fish and he will never go hungry as opposed to giving a man a fish"; and
Whereas, through his intelligence, personality, ability and vast experience in law, business and agriculture, he has contributed greatly to the citizens of South Carolina; and
Whereas, by his distinguished service in both houses of the General Assembly he has brought great pride to his family and the people of the Lowcountry of South Carolina; and
Whereas, the members of the General Assembly will greatly miss a valuable member and wish to thank him for his friendship, wisdom and leadership. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the South Carolina General Assembly express their deep disappointment at the loss of one of its esteemed members, the Honorable James P. "Preacher" Harrelson of Colleton County and wish to thank him for his valuable contributions and leadership in both the South Carolina House of Representatives and the South Carolina Senate, and wish him well in the future.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Honorable James P. "Preacher" Harrelson; to his wife, Hazel H. Richardson Harrelson; and to the Colleton County Museum.