Wednesday, June 18, 2014
South Carolina is going to miss a senator who passed away recently, a great Democrat.
South Carolina Sen. Dick Elliott was laid to rest June 12 but not before he did a lot of work for his constituents in Horry, Dillon, Marion and Marlboro counties in District 28 across a lot of swamp and coastal paradise.
His golf course was a perfect location for his busy office where he would grant interviews.
It was 15 years he served the people of this district, working hard on public education, tourism, tax policies, environmental preservation and a solid economy. He had a lot of friends.
In his home of North Myrtle Beach, I spent my summers and winter vacations in Crescent Beach at my family's cottage, soaking in humid July days and fishing where he lived in Cherry Grove. As a kid, I'd jump on trampolines and ride the rides in Ocean Drive where I learned of the home of beach music and the Shag.
We owned a home in Conway, so I felt great doing positive economic and feature stories on the state dance.
He had a lot of friends in the South Carolina State Senate. He worked with the Education Finance Act in 2009, the Center for Accelerated Technology, the Hydrogen Grants program, tourism and advertising grants, a state employee pay increase, Senior Citizens programs like Meals on Wheels, the DHEC AIDS drug assistance program, vaccine programs for underinsured children, early detection breast and cervical cancer screenings, DSS help for Child Support Enforcement, public defenders for the Commission on Indigent Defense and the Department of Corrections for the Leath Correctional Institution.
He moved to the Grand Strand in 1959 from Camden and started Elliott Beach Rentals in 1959. He attended Wingate Junior College in North Carolina and Clemson. He had been a state senator since 1992 and a state representative for 10 years. He had 100-percent attendance in the House.
I was there on highway U.S. 9 when a portion of the road was dedicated to Elliott. He worked hard to pass the Highway Infrastructure Act during the Beasley administration. Elliott served on the North Myrtle Beach City Council and the Horry County Council as well.
He and his wife, Anne, have one daughter, two sons and grandchildren. Donations can be made to the McLeod Foundation for the benefit of Loris/Seacoast or to the charity of your choice.