‘The Champion of Beaufort’

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Friends and family remember former mayor Henry C. Chambers

Photo above: City of Beaufort firefighters give a hand salute after presenting the colors to begin the memorial service for the late Henry C. Chambers on Monday at the Waterfront Park named in his honor. Chambers was called the “Champion of Beaufort” and was compared to David against Goliath in saving a dying little town. Photos by Bob Sofaly.

State Rep. Shanon Erickson (R-Beaufort) holds up the Palmetto flag that flew at half-mast over the state house in Columbia in honor of the late Henry C. Chambers. About 300 family members and friends gathered at the Waterfront Park named in Chambers’ honor for a brief memorial on Monday, July 23, which would have been his 90th birthday.
Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling recalls a sailing story involving himself and late mayor Henry C. Chambers in which Keyserling, much to the chagrin of Chambers, overturned the boat during a regatta. Keyserling said, “Henry didn’t like to lose so we were off to a pretty bad start.”

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