Funeral services were held Tuesday for a former state senator and Summerville town councilman who passed away this weekend.
Former State Sen. Russell Scott had been battling cancer, according to an obituary released by the Parks Funeral Home. He was 69 years old when he died Saturday.
Scott represented Summerville as a Republican in the South Carolina Senate for four years from 2004-2008. Prior to that, he served as a town councilman for eight years in the growing community which has transitioned into a Charleston suburb. He also served as the council’s chairman for three of those years.
His years in the Statehouse were relatively low-profile until Scott’s DUI arrest in 2008. The Summerville Journal-Scene speculated the arrest likely ensured Scott’s defeat a few months later to Mike Rose in the GOP primary. The defeat ended Scott’s political career.
Scott graduated from Trident Technical College and was married to the former Amanda Abdon. He and his wife have two daughters, Lisa and Ronda. He owned an exterminating business in his private life.
Tuesday’s services were held at First Church of God in Summerville. He was buried afterwards at the Summerville Cemetery.