COLUMBIA — Longtime South Carolina lawmaker Warren Giese has died at age 89.
Dave Turner of Dunbar Funeral Home said Monday that services for Giese would be private.
The University of South Carolina says Giese died Thursday. He served as the Gamecocks’ head football coach from 1956 to 1960, amassing a 28-21-1 record.
Giese represented Richland County in the state Senate from 1984 to 2004. He played football at the University of Oklahoma and at Central Michigan and also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Giese is survived by his wife and four children. One son, Barney Giese, was the chief prosecutor in Richland and Kershaw Counties for more than a decade.