Clemson -- Former Clemson All-ACC defensive tackle Steve Durham passed away on Friday, April 30 due to kidney failure. Durham was 51 years old at the time of his death.

He had been wheelchair bound for many months after a tumor on spinal cord had been removed.0 He lost use of his legs and 75 percent of the movement in his arms and hands. In 1996. he had a cancerous tumor removed from his colon, and in 2002 he had another tumor removed from the C5 vertebrae.

A group of former teammates from Byrnes High School and Clemson had raised money to make his home wheelchair accessible and to purchase a special van.

Durham was a four-year Tigers letterman between 1977-80. In 1979, as a junior, He played in the shadow of first-team All-American Jim Stuckey but still earned first-team All-ACC honors at tackle.

Durham, who returned to Clemson to earn his undergraduate degree in 1986, was drafted in the sixth round by Seattle in the spring of 1981 and played one NFL season.

Benefit set

The Palmetto House Homeless Shelter will host its fourth annual Tennis and Golf Tournament on June 11-12 at Pine Forest Country Club. The tennis tournament is a mixed doubles format. The tennis entry fee is $75 per player and includes a ticket to the post-tournament celebration party. For more information, contact Larry Klingenberg at (843) 851-9010 or at

The entry fee for the captain's choice golf tournament is $75 per person, which includes a ticket to the party. For more information, contact Jay Myers at (843) 821-0145 or at Tickets to the celebration party are $25, which includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, drinks, entertainment and a silent auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. on June 12. Tickets are available at Pineland Family Dental located at 503 North Pine St. in Summerville, or go to