Rex Carter, Former House Speaker, Dies at 88

Rex Lyle Carter, former South Carolina House Speaker, died Friday at home, his family said.

Carter was 88 and House Speaker from 1973-80.

A Honea Path native, World War II veteran and Greenville attorney, Carter served as a Democrat in the South Carolina House from 1953-80.

Former Gov. Dick Riley said Carter was "a wonderful friend to me." He said Carter was a "mentor to me and many others."

Republican David Wilkins of Greenville, who succeeded Carter as House Speaker, said: "To me and everyone who served with him from either political party, Rex was a real gentleman, very kind and considerate of others."

Carter is survived by his wife Floride Gulledge Carter, three children and five grandchildren.

His funeral service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Augusta Road Baptist Church.


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