C. Tolbert Goolsby, Jr., Papers, 1954-2007
| Manuscripts Gifts 2008 | Front Page 2008 | Previous Issues | Friends of the Library |
A gift to SCL Manuscripts Division announced in 2008
Six and a quarter linear feet, 1954-2007, consisting mainly of scrapbooks compiled of clippings, speeches, photographs, correspondence and other papers of jurist C. Tolbert Goolsby, Jr., related to his career in the South Carolina Attorney General’s office, private practice, and the South Carolina Court of Appeals. | Manuscripts Gifts 2008 | Previous Issues | Endowments | Friends of the Library |
C. Tolbert Goolsby, Jr., the son of Clarence Tolbert and Mary Agnes Cowart Goolsby, was born in Montgomery in 1935, and raised in Dothan, Alabama. Drafted into the United States Army in 1954, he served in the Third Army Band and later the Third Army Special Services, traveling with and playing drums for the combo that backed up the package show called “Holiday.” Goolsby later joked that he was “fighting Communism with a snare drum while serving the Third Army Band.”
In 1956, he continued the education he had begun at the University of Alabama by enrolling at The Citadel, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1959. In 1962, he received a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He earned a Master of Laws degree from the University of Virginia in 1992.
Goolsby served as Assistant Attorney General, 1962-1972, Deputy Attorney General, 1973-1983, and Chief Deputy Attorney General in 1983. At its inception by the legislature in 1983, Goolsby was elected to the South Carolina Court of Appeals. He also served as Acting Associate Justice with the South Carolina Supreme Court on several occasions and as chairman of the Supreme Court Commission on Judicial Education, 1985-1991. He served on the Executive Committee of the Appellate Judges Conference of the American Bar Association and was editor of the Appellate Judges News, an ABA publication. The Citadel conferred upon Judge Goolsby an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2005. Due to state law requiring retirement at age 72, Judge Goolsby left the appellate court upon the expiration of his term, 30 June 2007, the last of the court's original six members.
In addition to two legal works, The South Carolina Tort Claims Act: A Primer and Then Some and South Carolina Death Penalty Act Handbook and Manual of Suggested Forms, Procedures and Instructions, and several short stories appearing in anthologies, Judge Goolsby has authored five published works of fiction: Sweet Potato Biscuits and Other Stories, The Box With the Green Bow and Ribbon, Her Own Law, Humanity Darling, and Harpers' Joy.