Former longtime Sen. Dick Elliott, who retired from SC General Assembly last year, dies Saturday

Well known in Horry County – and South Carolina – as a longtime senator and successful businessmen, Dick Elliott died Saturday at McLeod Hospital in Florence after a lengthy illness. He was 78.

Last year, Elliott said he was most proud of his work to improve the roads in the state, working to pass the Highway Infrastructure Act and bringing roads to Horry County. He worked to widen S.C. 9 and was pleased to say that a portion of the road was named after him.

“He was a humble public servant who cared about people and quietly went about the work of each,” said his son Rick Elliott.

Rick Elliott said Dick Elliott died of multi-system organ failure.

U.S. Rep James Clyburn honored Dick Elliott at the Atlantic Beach Community Center in February to honor him for the work he did for the community while in public office.

Dick Elliott began his work as a public servant on the North Myrtle Beach City Council in 1961 before eventually making his way to the Columbia as a state representative in 1982. He served as a senator from 1992 to 2012.

Dick Elliott said he knew it was time to retire after serving 30 years in the senate with perfect attendance.

“When you spend 30 years without missing a day in Columbia, you deserve to be able to retire,” he said in 2013.

Dick Elliott also established himself as a successful businessman, opening Elliott Realty and developing Beachwood and Eagle Nest golf courses.

Rick Elliott said his father continued to work at the golf courses after retiring from politics and remained active at his church, Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church.

“He still helped constituents as much as he could – I think everyone was just used to calling him after so many years,” Rick Elliott said. “And he spent time with his family.”

Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ocean Drive Presbyterian, 410 Sixth Ave. S. in North Myrtle Beach. A service will be held at Ocean Drive Presbyterian at 11 a.m. Thursday followed by a grave-site service at the North Myrtle Beach Memorial Gardens in Little River. The public is welcome.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the church at P.O. Box 277, North Myrtle Beach, S.C., 29582 or the McLeod Foundation for the benefit of Loris/Seacoast, P.O. Box 100551, 800 E. Cheves St., Suite 150, Florence, S.C., or to the charity of one’s choice.