Multiple sources have confirmed that Rep. C. David Umphlett, who represented Moncks Corner in the South Carolina House of Representatives for eight years, died Sunday morning. He was 69.
Umphlett had battled pancreatic cancer for most of this year’s session and was rarely able to make the trip to Columbia in 2011. He had been the chairman of the Berkeley County delegation in the House.
He was retired as the former Vice President of Government and Consumer Affairs at the Berkeley County Electric Co-op. He had also served on the Berkeley County Soil Conservation Commission for 14 years.
Umphlett was in the Army for three years, from 1961 to 1964. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Carolyn Mitchum, and by his three children.
The Republican represented District 100, which consists of the Moncks Corner city limits and the hamlets of Cordesville to the east and Whitesville to the south. He kept a low profile during his years in the Statehouse, mostly carving out a niche with hunting and fishing legislation. His highest-profile legislation was a successful effort to allow the Department of Natural Resources to remove “nuisance” structures from public lakes. He also helped make alligator hunting legal in South Carolina.
Umphlett most recently won reelection in November.