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Byars championed rights of juveniles
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Camden’s Bill Byars kisses his wife, Camille, on the cheek in this photograph taken in 2013 in front of the Chronicle-Independent offices. It was taken as part of a two-part interview upon his retirement as director of the S.C. Department of Corrections. Byars passed away Friday at the age of 74. (C-I file photo)
William J. “Bill” Byars Jr. spent most of his life championing the rights of children. Byars did so during a lengthy career that saw him work in a prestigious law firm, get elected and chair the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees, serve as a Family Court judge, direct the University of South Carolina’s (USC) Children’s Law Office and be appointed to head the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).