Conroy Funeral Expected To Draw Thousands

Mar 7, 2016

Funeral services for author Pat Conroy are expected to draw thousands of people in South Carolina's Lowcountry Monday and Tuesday.

Pat Conroy, author of best-selling novels including "The Great Santini" and "The Prince of Tides," died Friday of pancreatic cancer. He had revealed the diagnosis — and vowed to fight it — just weeks ago.


 The best-selling author of "The Prince of Tides" and "The Great Santini" died Friday, just weeks after announcing he'd been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Funeral director Carla Anderson-Smith tells the Beaufort Gazette she's expecting 1,500 to 2,000 people to turn out to pay their respects to the beloved author.

Conroy is credited with putting the South Carolina Lowcountry on a national stage.

In 2004's "Pat Conroy Cookbook" he wrote that he always made pickled shrimp for funerals, adding, "When I die, I fully expect all the shrimp in Beaufort to be pickled that day."

Conroy's family will receive visitors Monday from five to seven p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Beaufort. The funeral is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter's Catholic Church on Lady's Island. A private burial will follow.