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Longtime South Carolina sheriff passes away at 93

Daniel served as Sheriff of Greenwood County from 1965 to 1989.
Credit: Greenwood County Sheriff's Office
Daniel served as Sheriff of Greenwood County from 1965 to 1989.

GREENWOOD, S.C. — A longtime South Carolina sheriff has passed away.

The Greenwood County Sheriff's Office announced the passing of L. Giles Daniel on its Facebook page Monday night.  

Daniel attended Greenwood High School and entered the US Navy in 1943, where he served on the USS Hornet until 1946. After returning to Greenwood, he joined the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Department where he served as a Deputy from 1947  

Daniel served the Greenwood community for forty-one years as a deputy with the Sheriff's Office. He was the 5th sheriff of Greenwood County, serving in that role from 1965 to 1989.

Officials say Daniel continued to maintain a presence with the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office, saying he was even at a retiree luncheon in the last weeks.

Daniel was 93.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday at Blyth Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Chuck Moates officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be in Oakbrook Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12:30 to 2:00 Friday afternoon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 722 Grace Street, Greenwood, SC 29649 or to the American Legion Post #20, 806 Calhoun Avenue, Greenwood, SC 29649.