The late Marion Carnell served in the S.C. House of Representatives for more than 40 years. There, he was known as a kind and compassionate man who cared deeply for the people in his community of Ware Shoals. He worked hard to help the people in his district try to recover as the local mills began closing in the 1970s and 1980s. He was committed to helping people with special needs.

After he died in November, the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association recognized Carnell’s contributions and created the Marion Carnell Award, which would be given in recognition of a person, who over an extended period, has shown extraordinary support for community health centers, their patients and mission.

Last week, the organization presented its first Marion Carnell Award to someone who quite aptly fits the criteria: Rep. Bill Clyburn of Aiken.

“Because of his legacy of service and his courage to act on his convictions to serve others, he is most deserving to be the first recipient of the Marion Carnell Award,” the association wrote of Clyburn.

Clyburn has represented House District 82 since 1995, and since then has been committed to ensuring everyone has access to quality health care. The association referred to him as a “rock” when it comes to supporting community health centers and their patients.

He is indeed a man of high character.

As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, he’s been a strong supporter of state funding for community health centers.

Before being elected, Clyburn was a coach, school administrator and a member of the Aiken City and Aiken County councils. Over the years, he’s served on many civic boards, helping to improve the lives of all citizens. He’s been an advocate for the people, providing a strong voice for those in need.

We congratulate Clyburn on this award, and we think Carnell would approve.