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John Gregg McMaster, Jr. COLUMBIA, SC - John Gregg McMaster, Jr., 100, passed away in Columbia early Friday morning, February 20, 2015. Born on March 16, 1914 in Florence, the son of Dr. and Mrs. John Gregg McMaster, he received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of South Carolina in 1936, an L.L.B. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1938, and a J.D. degree in 1970. In 1944 he married Ida Bacot Dargan of Florence, whose nickname was "Pet." They had six children, all boys, four of whom became lawyers. Mr. McMaster was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1944, serving two terms. From 1953 - 1954, he served as Code Commissioner for South Carolina, and from 1952 - 1967 he served on the SC Aeronautics Commission, the last eleven years as chairman. He was elected president of the Richland County Bar Association in 1976. From 1982 - 1988, he served on the board of the Richland County Public Defender Corporation, the last two years as chairman. He was elected to the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1968; awarded membership in the Cum Laude Club by Fellows of the Foundation, the USC Education Foundation, in 1969; elected a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers in 1981; awarded the John W. Williams Distinguished Service Award by the Richland County Bar Association in 1991; and awarded the Order of the Palmetto by Governor Campbell in i991. He was honored in 1991 by Resolution of the South Carolina House of Representatives for distinguished service to the South Carolina Association of Life Insurance Companies; granted the Worthy Adversary Award by the South Carolina Association Trial Lawyers Association in 2004; awarded membership in the American Board of Trial Associates in 2004; received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Richland County Bar Association in 2012; and received a Resolution of congratulations from the South Carolina House of Representatives on his ninety-ninth birthday in 2013. Admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in SC, Mr. McMaster was a member of the Richland County Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar, the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association and the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. For years he was the senior practicing attorney in South Carolina, having been at the bar over seventy-five years upon his retirement in 2013. He tried his last case at age 93. Mr. McMaster was a member of the Saint Andrews Society of Columbia, The Torch Club, Forest Lake Club, The Forum Club, The Centurion Society and The Columbia Ball. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia from his college days and served as Sunday school teacher, Deacon, Elder, and Elder Emeritus. Mr. McMaster was predeceased by his wife, Ida Dargan; his sister, Eleanor "Sis" McMaster Bradham (Riley, Jr.) of Sumter; and his brother, Hugh Buchanan McMaster (Jean Kelly) of Columbia. He is survived by his six sons, John Gregg McMaster, III (Judy Cook), Henry Dargan McMaster (Peggy McAbee), George Hunter McMaster, William Gourdin McMaster (Elizabeth Laffitte), Frank Barnwell McMaster, all of Columbia, and Joseph Dargan McMaster of Charlotte; grandchildren, John Gregg McMaster, IV (Laurel Briggs) of Columbia, Henry Dargan McMaster, Jr. of Columbia, Mary Rogers McMaster of New York, William Gourdin McMaster, Jr. MD, of Nashville, Dargan McMaster Rain (Rob) of Spartanburg, George Hunter McMaster, II of New York, Joseph Dargan McMaster, Jr. of Columbia, Eleanor Gourdin McMaster of Columbia; and great grandson, Shawn McMaster of Columbia; and great granddaughter, Elizabeth Laffitte Rain of Spartanburg. . The service for Mr. McMaster will be held 2 o'clock, Sunday, February 22 at First Presbyterian Church, with Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas and Dr. John R. de Witt officiating. Visitation with the family will follow in Jackson Hall. Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, is assisting the family. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 1324 Marion Street, Columbia, SC 29201. Memories and condolences may be shared at Visit our guestbook at charleston

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Published in Charleston Post & Courier from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2015.
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April 30, 2015
I used to talk to him often when I worked at the bank (in the call center). He always asked to talk to me. I loved chatting with him. I left the bank a few years ago and I often thought of him and wanted to contact him, but didn't want to bother him. I'm saddened that I waited too long.
Susan Parker
February 28, 2015
Henry, my sympathy in the loss of your father. During my years as a member of the SC General Assembly (72-86), I found John Gregg to be one of the finest men I've ever met as he represented many clients in matters before the Legislature. Always a man of impeccable attire, you count on him for 'honest answers' to difficult questions. He was a also a 'Southern Gentleman'...first class!

Tom Marchant+
Box 8877 Greenville, SC 29604
Tom Marchant
February 24, 2015
John and Judy,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May you be surrounded by wonderful memories and find peace at this time.
Sally and Steven Langer
February 24, 2015

I just read with sadness of the passing of your father - He was a great man and I will always remember fondly the day we all went together and argued before the SC Court of Appeals in a case in which it was it was my pleasure to partner with you both - I enjoyed the time I spent with your father very much and please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of a great southern gentleman - Glen La Force - Hilton Head Island
February 24, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Roger Newell
February 23, 2015
With heartfelt sympathy to each of you guys and your families. Your Dad, a genuine gentleman, will always be remembered fondly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Betsy McCarley Archer and Bob McCarley
Betsy Archer
February 22, 2015
To the Family:
My nephew, Chip, called me from Charleston to let me know today (2-22-'15) of John Gregg's death. Emmy Lou and I send condolences to all of you. I recall recent visits wit John Gregg and Will when they were here in the
Montreat area a few years ago. I have lots of good memories of John Gregg,
Eleanor, Buck, and Aunt Eleanor and
Uncle Gregg. Emmy Lou and Fitz
Legerton, Givens Highland Farms Retirement Community, Black Mountain,
NC (Phone 828-357-5046).
Fitz Legerton
February 22, 2015
George, I am saddened to hear of the death of your father. He was a remarkable man, with a remarkable family. It is obvious that his work and sense of duty enriched the lives of those who knew him; and his legacy will continue to enrich many more lives for years to come.

My condolences to you and all of your family.

Ridge Johnson
Elliott R. Johnson
February 22, 2015
Mr. Henry, Frank, George and Joe I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Mr. Mac for his words of wisdom and the knowledge he shared. He was truly a role model everyone could look up to. My prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
Jennifer Hornsby (Griffin)
February 22, 2015
While thorough, the recounting of this extraordinary life failed to mention two important attributes: his two handed set shot efficient into advanced years and regarded with awe by onlooking bystanders and his pull ups, both preformed regularly at the Y. Two great institutions transitioning at the same time. The Richland Bar has lost a lynchpin.
Craig and Mary Davis
February 22, 2015
Mr. John Gregg McMaster, Jr., one of the last southern gentlemen.
"Mr. John Gregg, what's the good word?"
My prayers are with all of you McMasters.

Rhetta Hartin
Rhetta Hartin
February 22, 2015
You all are in my prayers. He led a long and fulfilled life and touched many along the way.
Bill Bassham
February 21, 2015
So sorry for your loss. What a wonderful and long life he lived. He use to attend almost all of our Senate Committee meeting. I know he is missed and I pray God brings comfort and peace to all of you.
Ann Gell Hamiter
February 21, 2015
I remember your father, a Southern gentleman with his sporting seersucker suit and dapper straw hat, always had a gentle smile with a sincere greeting. May his legacy of professionalism, kindness and southern charm be cherished forever.
Carol Brooks
February 21, 2015
George, we were sorry to see of the death of your father. What a long life, not that it is any easier to give a loved one up at any age! Our thought and prayers are with you and your family,

Bryan & Jane Graham
Jane Graham
February 21, 2015
Dear Henry;

So sorry to hear of your loss. You most certainly have my sympathy and know that you and your family will be remembered in fervent prayer.

In the blessed hope of Christ's soon return.

Love in Christ;
Charlie Jay
Chapin SC

"Let not your heart be troubled".

Charlie Jay
February 21, 2015
Mr. McMaster was the epitome of how a lawyer and a gentleman should conduct themselves.
Bob Coble
February 21, 2015
Dear Henry, George, Frank and family, I am deeply saddened by the passing of your father. He was always kind to me as I worked to become a good lawyer. GOD put him on this earth to be a good servant to all. He " ran the race well." He has now been called home to be with our merciful lord. May you find peace as you celebrate this gentle man's life. GOD BLESS. FITZ OCONNOR, JR.
February 21, 2015
Judy and John thinking of you and yours. What a great heritage he left.
Lib Perry
Spring Valley Presbyterian Church
Lib Perry
February 21, 2015
What a celebration of a wonderful life! John Gregg was a shining example for all of us.
david williamson
February 21, 2015
Henry- your dad handled my adoption for my parents and I moved to Columbia to live with them when I was 3 days old. He was a wonderful man.
Dave & Beverly Merry
Dave Merry
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