By CINDY CROSBY
Local resident Patricia Grant was recently honored with The Order of the Palmetto, the State of South Carolina’s highest civilian honor. Grant was awarded the honor by S.C. Governor Henry McMaster.
The Order of the Palmetto is presented in recognition of a lifetime of extraordinary achievement, service, and contributions on a national or statewide scale. An individual must be nominated for the Order of the Palmetto and recipients must be a native or resident of South Carolina. Grant was nominated for this lifetime honor by Sen. Margie Bright-Matthews (D-Colleton).
“To know that I have helped just one person while serving the community, my service was not in vain,” said Grant, about being honored with The Order of the Palmetto. “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13.”
Grant recently retired following a remarkable 46-year career in the judicial system in South Carolina, including 20 years as Colleton County Clerk of Court. A native of Round O, she began her career in July 1974, and was the first African American, apart from law enforcement officers, to work at the Colleton County Courthouse. She would go on to be elected as the first black Clerk of Court in Colleton County, running unopposed for five terms.
“I am so excited about what lies ahead,” said Grant in a recent interview with The Press and Standard. “I plan to continue to work within my community, helping serve those in need. I want to do my part to enhance the lives of others. I am also looking forward to spending time with my family and traveling.”
Married to her husband Glenn Grant for 51 years, she is the mother of two sons and four grandchildren. She is a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church and is an active participant in the Colleton Training School Alumni Association and the Colleton Long Term Recovery Group.