(1950 - 2004)
Judge Carol Connor was born in Kingstree, South Carolina, on January 23, 1950. She is the daughter of Polly McGill Connor and the late Wallace Darlington Connor. She is married to Palmer Freeman, Jr. Her children are Timothy Connor-Murphy, Wallace Connor Freeman, and Daniel McGill Freeman.
She attended Williamsburg County public schools and graduated from Kingstree High School in 1968. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1972. There she was named a Converse Scholar and received the Spirit of Converse Award. She was also selected to become a member of the Gamma Sigma Scholastic Honor Society and the Mortar Board. She earned her juris doctor degree from the University of South Carolina in 1976.
Upon graduation from law school, Judge Connor worked as an Assistant South Carolina Attorney General from 1976 to 1977. In 1977 she began working for the Richland County Public Defender's Office. She served as an Assistant Public Defender from 1977 to 1980 and as Deputy Public Defender from 1980 - 1981. In 1981, she entered private practice in Richland County. The legislature elected her to be a Family Court Judge for the Fifth Judicial Circuit in 1984. She served in that capacity until she was elected to be a Circuit Court judge in 1988. In 1993 she was elected to the South Carolina Court of Appeals.
Judge Connor is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association, the Richland County Bar Association, and the South Carolina Women Lawyer's Association. She has been involved in the community as a member of the Council on Child Abuse and Neglect and the Community Advisory Board for the Nurturing Center. She currently serves on the Superintendent's Advisory Committee for Richland County School District II. She is a member of Washington Street Methodist Church. She has also lectured at a number of associational meetings and seminars. She received the 1998 John W. "Tootie" Williams Award from the Richland County Bar Association and the 1999 Women Lawyers' Jean Galloway Bissell award. She was the 1998 Portrait Honoree of the South Carolina Trial Lawyers' Association. Converse College awarded her an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
Judge Carol Connor of the South Carolina Court of Appeals passed away on the morning of February 20, 2004, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Her colleagues on the Court of Appeals and the Justices of the Supreme Court mark her passing with a profound sense of loss, both personal and professional, and with inexpressible appreciation of her brilliance, energy, compassion, unflagging spirit, and indomitable courage. Her legal decisions will continue to guide the law of this State, as her example of a life superbly and splendidly lived will continue to inspire all who know her or may come to know of her.