CONWAY — The first woman to run for South Carolina's Legislature in Horry County and longtime county auditor died, according to multiple sources.
Lois Eargle, who served as the Horry County Auditor from 1993 to 2021, died Nov. 14.
Eargle's son, Steve Eargle, confirmed her passing in a Facebook post, saying she "was a mighty force in the Lord’s army. And her service to the people of Horry County and South Carolina as a whole will leave a void that will be hard to fill."
Prior to becoming auditor, Eargle served four terms in the S.C. House of Representatives and was a member of the state Highway Commission.
During that time, Eargle was appointed to President Ronald Reagan's commission on intellectual disabilities, which she held throughout his second term.
Coastal Carolina University gave Eargle the honorary degree in 2006, according to the university's website. She also served on the board of visitors of Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina. A portion of U.S. 378 outside Conway is named in her honor.
"Her warm smile and kind advice will be missed," Horry County Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said in Facebook post.
Horry County Auditor Beth Calhoun said in a statement, "She had a grand career with many accomplishments and tremendously enjoyed her life as a public official. We thank her for her service and what she offered to others. We wish sympathy, prayers and comfort to her family as we reflect on her memory now and in the days ahead."