Former South Carolina legislator and Aiken booster Frampton Wyman Toole Jr., age 87, died Sunday, July 10, 2011. Toole, a native and lifelong resident of Aiken, was an attorney with the firm of Toole and Toole along with his father and brother. He received his law degree from Harvard in 1949, and was a member of the Aiken County Bar Association and the South Carolina Bar Association. He was elected to the S.C. House of Representatives in 1952, where he served for four years, and served a second four-year term in the House from 1962 to 1966. He was elected to the state Senate in 1966 for a two-year term. Locally he served as the Aiken City Solicitor from 1960 to 1962. A 1943 graduate of the University of South Carolina, Toole was a longtime supporter of USC, and served on the board of trustees for 11 years, a term which included service on the board's executive committee. He was named a Trustee Emeritus upon his retirement from the board. "I think Frampton Toole was a dedicated public servant. He did a great deal of good in our community and for the state," said USC Aiken chancellor Tom Hallman. "He was a true gentleman. As a Trustee Emeritus he had a long relationship with the USC system and with the Aiken campus. He's been a staple at many of our events, both sports and on-campus events. He will be missed, and his impact will be felt for a long time." The Toole family has requested memorials in his honor be made in lieu of flowers to the USC Aiken Chancellor's Discretionary Fund. In Aiken, Toole was a past president of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce's board of directors (a position now known as chairman of the board of directors). He was a longtime member of the Aiken Rotary Club, the Aiken Businessmen's Club, the United Way, the Aiken Outing Club, and many other civic groups. "I think Mr. Toole was an icon in this community. His love of Aiken, his dedication to family and friends, and his tireless efforts will long be remembered," said Chamber President J. David Jameson. "I knew him through the Aiken Rotary Club and the United Way," said Wade Brodie, "He was very active in the community, a very giving person, and always pleasant. I've known him since the late 1950s, and when he represented Aiken County in the House and the Senate for a few years, he was a very good legislator." Toole was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific, and attained the rank of lieutenant commander. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 77. A private funeral service will be held today by the family in Bethany Cemetery, and a public reception in Toole's honor will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at Newberry Hall. Shellhouse Funeral Home Inc. on Hayne Avenue is assisting the Toole family with arrangements. Suzanne Stone is a general assignment reporter at the Aiken Standard. Contact Suzanne Stone at, or follow on Twitter at #SuzanneRStone and on Facebook at Suzanne Stone | Aiken Standard.