A former mayor in one of South Carolina's largest cities has died. Former Rock Hill Mayor John Hardin was 89 when he died Monday.
Officials at Greene Funeral Home in Rock Hill said Hardin passed away while in hospice care in Charleston. They would not disclose a cause of death.
Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols says Hardin had a lasting impact on the city's development. Echols says Hardin was instrumental in establishing the local airport and was an advocate for local schools and the community's parks.
Echols says Hardin gained nationwide respect while serving as president of the U.S. League of Savings Institutions in the 1970s.