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Famous South Carolina State University Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to South Carolina State University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from South Carolina State University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from South Carolina State University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished South Carolina State University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended South Carolina State University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from South Carolina State University.

These graduates, like Deacon Jones and Harry Carson include images when available.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to South Carolina State University?” and “Which celebrities are South Carolina State University alumni?”
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Ernest Everett Just is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Biologist, Teacher

Age: Dec. at 58 (1883-1941)

Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina

Ernest Everett Just (August 14, 1883 – October 27, 1941) was a pioneering African-American biologist, academic and science writer. Just's primary legacy is his recognition of the fundamental ...more
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Phillip Adams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Journalist, Film Producer, Actor

Age: 79

Birthplace: Maryborough, Australia

Phillip Andrew Hedley Adams AO FAHA FRSA (born 12 July 1939) is an Australian humanist, social commentator, broadcaster, public intellectual and farmer. He hosts Late Night Live, an Australian ...more
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Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Actor, Singer, American football player

Age: Died at 75 (1938-2013)

Birthplace: Eatonville, Florida, United States of America

David D. "Deacon" Jones (December 9, 1938 – June 3, 2013) was an American football defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, and ...more

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Harry Carson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 65

Birthplace: Florence, South Carolina, United States of America

Harry Donald Carson (born November 26, 1953) is a former American football inside linebacker who played his entire professional career for the New York Giants of the National Football League ...more

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Benjamin Mays is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Writer

Age: Dec. at 90 (1894-1984)

Birthplace: Ninety Six, South Carolina

Benjamin Elijah Mays (August 1, 1894 – March 28, 1984) was an American Baptist minister and civil rights leader who is credited with laying the intellectual foundations of the Civil Rights ...more
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Jim Clyburn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Politician

Age: 78

Birthplace: Sumter, South Carolina, United States of America

James Enos Clyburn (; born July 21, 1940) is an American politician of the Democratic Party serving as House Majority Whip since 2019. He is a two-time Majority Whip, having previously served in ...more
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Marion Motley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
American football player

Age: Dec. at 79 (1920-1999)

Birthplace: Leesburg, Georgia

Marion Motley (June 5, 1920 – June 27, 1999) was an American football fullback and linebacker who played for the Cleveland Browns in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and National ...more

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Armstrong Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Journalist, Author, Radio personality

Age: 60

Birthplace: Marion, South Carolina, United States of America

Armstrong Williams (born February 5, 1962) is an American political commentator, entrepreneur, author, and talk show host. Williams writes a nationally syndicated conservative newspaper column, ...more
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Ron Westray is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Trombonist

Age: 48

Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina

Ronald Kenneth Westray, Jr. (born June 13, 1970 in Columbia, South Carolina) is an American jazz trombonist, composer, and educator. He holds a B.A. from South Carolina State University and a ...more
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Henry Doctor, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Henry Doctor, Jr.

Age: Dec. at 75 (1932-2007)

Birthplace: South Carolina

Lieutenant General Henry Doctor Jr. (August 23, 1932 – December 7, 2007) was the Commanding General, 2nd Infantry Division, Eighth United States Army, based in South Korea. His last assignment ...more
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Donovan Richard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Donovan Richard American football player

Age: 29

Birthplace: Georgetown, South Carolina

Donovan Richard is an American football linebacker.
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Orlando Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
American football player

Age: Dec. at 41 (1970-2011)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Orlando Claude Brown Sr. (December 12, 1970 – September 23, 2011) was an American football player who played offensive tackle in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns. He ...more
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Amos M. Gailliard Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Amos M. Gailliard Jr. Politician

Age: 91

Amos Gailliard (September 26, 1928 – April 8, 2014) was the son of famed musician and trombone player, Amos Gailliard. As a member of the United States military, he rose from the rank of private ...more
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Willie Aikens is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Baseball player

Age: 64

Birthplace: Seneca, South Carolina, United States of America

Willie Mays Aikens (born October 14, 1954) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman. He had established himself as one of the top sluggers in the game before drugs derailed his career. In ...more
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Houston Person is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Record producer, Songwriter, Musician

Age: 84

Birthplace: Florence, South Carolina

Houston Person (born November 10, 1934) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist and record producer. Although he has performed in the hard bop and swing genres, he is most experienced in and best ...more
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Robert Porcher is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 49

Birthplace: South Carolina

Robert Porcher (; born July 30, 1969) is a former American football defensive end. He played college football for Willie Jeffries at South Carolina State University. He played for the Detroit ...more
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William Judson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
William Judson American football player

Age: 59

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

William Thadius Judson, Sr. (born March 26, 1959 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former professional American football player who played cornerback for eight seasons for the Miami Dolphins. His son, ...more
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Anthony Cook is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 46

Birthplace: Bennettsville, South Carolina

Anthony Andrew Cook (born May 30, 1972 in Bennettsville, South Carolina) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins and the Houston ...more
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Willie Holman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Willie Holman American football player

Age: Dec. at 57 (1945-2002)

Birthplace: St. Matthews, South Carolina

Willie Joseph Holman (February 27, 1945 – April 21, 2002) was an American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears and the Washington Redskins. He played ...more
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Barney Bussey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 56

Birthplace: Lincolnton, Georgia

Barney Bussey (born May 20, 1962) is a former American football safety. Bussey was born in Lincolnton, Georgia. He attended high school at Lincoln County High School in Lincolnton where he was a ...more
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Barney Chavous is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 67

Birthplace: Aiken, South Carolina

Barney Lewis Chavous (born March 22, 1951) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted in the second round (36th overall) of the 1973 NFL ...more
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John Gilliam is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 70

Birthplace: Greenwood, South Carolina

John Rally Gilliam (born August 7, 1945) is a former American football wide receiver. He has owned a number of businesses, and for two years he worked for a radio station in Atlanta. He has made ...more

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Charlie Brown is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Charlie Brown American football player

Age: 57

Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina

Charles Brown (born October 29, 1958) is a former professional American football wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for six seasons for the Washington Redskins (and helped win ...more
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Chartric Darby is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 43

Birthplace: North, South Carolina

Chartric "Chuck" Terrell Darby (; born October 22, 1975) is a former American football defensive tackle. He was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 2001. ...more
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Donnie Shell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Donnie Shell American football player

Age: 63

Birthplace: Whitmire, South Carolina

Donnie Shell (born August 26, 1952) is a former American Football strong safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League between 1974 and 1987. Shell was a member of the ...more

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