T. Marchant Jr.

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    - Andy Hogue
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Dunbar Funeral Home - Devine
Columbia, SC

MARCHANT, JR., T. E. COLUMBIA - Major General Trelawney Eston Marchant, (Ret.), died Wednesday, July 19, 2006. He was 85. General Marchant was born on December 9, 1920, a son of the late Brig. General T. Eston Marchant and Lila Cave Marchant. General Marchant grew up in Columbia and received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of South Carolina. He enlisted in the Marines when the United States entered World War II, and fought in the Pacific theater, rising to the rank of Captain. When he returned home he practiced law and began a long career in the SC National Guard. He was elected to the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees in 1965, and was elected Chairman of the Board in 1970, serving continuously thereafter until 1978, when he was elected Adjutant General of South Carolina. General Marchant served four terms as Adjutant General, retiring in 1994. The SC National Guard Headquarters and Complex in Columbia is named in his honor. General Marchant was active in state and community affairs, serving as a municipal judge, President of the Richland County Bar Association, member of the Citadel Board of Visitors, and President of The Columbia Cotillion, among many other activities. He received honorary degrees from both USC and the Citadel. General Marchant was National President of the Adjutant Generals Association of the United States, and in 1990 he was named South Carolinian of the Year by WIS TV. He was awarded the Order of the Palmetto by Governor John West, and again by Governor Carroll Campbell. General Marchant was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Columbia. General Marchant is survived by his wife of 54 years, Caroline Bristow Marchant; children, T. Eston Marchant III and his wife, Emilie Marchant of Clinton, S.C.; Bristow Marchant and his wife, Betsy Marchant; Caroline Marchant Borucki and her husband, Dr. Robert Borucki; Nancy Marchant Harris and her husband, Gregory Harris; and nine grandchildren, all of Columbia. He is also survived by his brother, Julian M. Marchant, and by his sister, Nancy Marchant McIlvaine. General Marchant was a warm, loving husband, father, and grandfather, and will be dearly missed by all of his family and many friends. The family would also like to offer special thanks to Mr. John House, who provided care and comfort to General Marchant in his final months. The funeral will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 1324 Marion Street in Columbia on Friday, July 21, 2006 at 11:00 a.m., with burial to follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the T. Eston and Caroline B. Marchant Endowed Scholarship, University of South Carolina, Attn. Darla Smith, 1600 Hampton Street, Columbia, S.C. 29208, or to the National Guard Association of South Carolina Scholarship Foundation, 2001 Assembly Street, Suite 204, Columbia, S.C. 29201. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is in charge. Visit our guestbook at www.charleston.net/deaths.
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