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 William Heyward Grimball

William Heyward Grimball

Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Death 6 Sep 1999 (aged 82)
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
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From FAG contributor Paulette Johnston Botten;

William Heyward Grimball, former city councilman, member of the S.C. House of Representatives and prominent local attorney, died Monday in a Charleston hospital. He was 82.

Grimball served in the state House from 1951 to 1957. For three years during this span, he was chairman of the Charleston County Legislative Delegation.

In 1960, Grimball was elected to City Council and served until 1972. He was appointed mayor pro tem in 1969.

J. Palmer Gaillard Jr., who held the post of mayor during Grimball's tenure as mayor pro tem, remembers Grimball as a "dedicated man who took his work very seriously."

"He believed that the city belonged to everyone, and that city business should be open for the public to see and examine," Gaillard said.

Grimball was born in Charleston, a son of William Heyward Grimball and Panchita Heyward Grimball. He graduated from the College of Charleston in 1938 and the University of Virginia Law School in 1941.

He was admitted to the S.C. Bar Association and accepted a position with the law firm Mitchell and Horlbeck. With only six months of work under his belt, Grimball was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy, where he studied engineering. During World War II, he served as chief engineer aboard the USS Meade in the Pacific.

When he returned from the war, Grimball resumed his career as an attorney, which he continued until his retirement at the age of 80.

As a respected lawyer in both the city of Charleston and the state, he served as president of the Charleston County Bar Association and vice president of the South Carolina Bar Association and was invited to join the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. He was a member of the American Law Institute.

Fellow attorney Morris Rosen, who served as corporation counsel during Grimball's stint on the City Council, remarked that Grimball "was a decent and honorable trial lawyer, who was always for law and order."

Grimball was past president and member of the Preservation Society of Charleston, past president of the College of Charleston Alumni Association, past grand master of the Masons for the state of South Carolina and trustee of the Charleston Library Society. He was also a member of the South Carolina Society, the St. Andrew's Society, the Carolina Yacht Club, the Society of Cincinnati and the Scottish Rite.

He was an active member of St. Michael's Episcopal Church.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Michael's Episcopal Church. Burial with Masonic rites, directed by Stuhr's Downtown Chapel, will be in Magnolia Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Frances Lucas Ellerbe Grimball; four sons, William H. Grimball Jr. of Pensacola, Fla., Henry E. Grimball of Charleston, Arthur Grimball of Jackson, Tenn., and Francis E. Grimball of Mount Pleasant; a sister, Mrs. Henry T. Gaud of Charleston; and nine grandchild- ren

Post and Courier, The (Charleston, SC) - September 7, 1999

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