DEATH: October 25, 2016 Charleston
Burnet Rhett Maybank Jr., of Charleston, an Army veteran, former S.C. lieutenant governor, retired attorney, General Assembly member, Charleston County Council member and widower of Marion Mitchell Maybank, died Tuesday. He was 92.
Maybank was born in Charleston, May 2, 1924, to the late S.C. Senator and Governor, Burnet Maybank Sr. He enrolled at The Citadel in 1941, but dropped out to serve in the U.S. Army Air Force as a B-17 bomber pilot during World War II.
After the war, he graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1950 with bachelor degrees in science and law.
While practicing law in Greenville, he was elected to his first public office as a member of the House of Representatives in 1952. He was reelected in 1954 and 1956. While part of the house, he served on the Judiciary Committee and other special committees.
Deciding it was time to go statewide, he ran and won in the 1958 election to serve as lieutenant governor from 1959-1961. He was elected as a democrat but later switched to the Republican Party.
After serving as lieutenant governor, he returned to his law practice in Charleston, but he returned to politics in 1982 when he was elected to the Charleston County Council. He continued his legal and political career until his retirement.
Maybank is survived by two children, Marion and Burnet Rhett Maybank III, the former Director of the S.C. Department of Revenue.
Submitted by Joy Skipper Cornwell (#46865022)
Son of Burnet Rhett Maybank Sr.(March 7, 1899 – September 1, 1954) a U.S. Senator, the 99th Governor of South Carolina, and Mayor of Charleston, South Carolina. Husband of Marion Mitchell who died in 2007. One son: Burnet R. Maybank, III of Charleston, SC; one daughter Marion M. Maybank of New York
For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past and like a watch in the night, so teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
Marion Mitchell Maybank
Roberta Macon Maybank Prioleau
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