David Ashby Farrow, an eccentric former columnist with The Post and Courier, tour guide of historic Charleston and author, died Friday. He was 65.
Born Oct. 28, 1952 in Charleston, he was a son of John A. Farrow and Emily Ravenel Farrow. He grew up at South Battery, attended Charleston Day School and graduated from the College of Charleston in the fields of political science and history.
Farrow's early career highlights were as a carriage driver in 1978, a restaurant manager in 1979 (referred to as a "good year" on his biographical sketch), and as a member of John Connally's presidential campaign staff in 1980. Connally was the governor of Texas in November 1963, wounded during the assassination of John F. Kennedy in the Dallas motorcade.
Farrow began writing with The News and Courier in 1980 and later became well-known for his letters to the editor, winning a Golden Pen Award in September 1993. He published "The Root of All Evil" in 1997, a crime novel set in Charleston, fusing Lowcountry lore and customs into the age-old battle of good versus evil. His "Do You Know Your Charleston?" column continued with the newspaper until 2005.
Also popular was Farrow's 1990 video, "Charleston - A Magical History Tour," an "offbeat" walking tour of the Holy City with interviews of "interesting Charlestonians" and a little bit of history from Farrow's perspective, calling upon his 12 years as owner of Historic Charleston Walking Tours.
In 2010, Farrow ran for mayor of Charleston against Joe Riley, who was running for his 10th term. According to a Post and Courier story, Farrow described himself as "an outraged citizen ... known for his eccentricities," and while admitting that "his chances of beating the incumbent seem slim at this minute," he believed his chances of victory would improve once people got a chance to know him.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 at the French Huguenot Church in downtown Charleston, followed by a reception in the church fellowship hall. Memorials in David's memory may be made to the Confederate Home, 62 Broad St., Charleston. Arrangements are being handled by James A. McAlister Funerals and Cremation of Charleston.