Colleagues, family remember Sumter's Finney Jr. at memorial

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS
adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 12/9/17

A memorial ceremony for Ernest Finney Jr., retired South Carolina Supreme Court chief justice, was held at Morris College on Friday.

He died on Dec. 3 at the age of 86. 

Finney Jr. was …

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A memorial ceremony for Ernest Finney Jr., retired South Carolina Supreme Court chief justice, was held at Morris College on Friday.

He died on Dec. 3 at the age of 86. 

Finney Jr. was elected to the South Carolina Supreme Court in 1985 and became the state's first black chief justice since the Reconstruction Era. He is also known as a civil rights advocate and most notably represented the Friendship Nine — a group of black men who staged a sit-in at a segregated lunch counter in Rock Hill in 1961.

During the memorial, Finney Jr. was remembered by his colleagues as a judge who ran his courtroom with dignity and sometimes humor and by his family as a father who taught his children to work diligently and to be giving toward others.

A public home-going service for Finney Jr. was held at 10 a.m. at the James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel at Claflin University in Orangeburg on Saturday.