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Lowcountry SC Rep. Umphlett dies from cancer

May 30, 2011 2:29:00 PM - thestate.com
South Carolina Rep. David Umphlett has died.

Russell Funeral Chapel said the Moncks Corner Republican died Sunday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 69.

Umphlett was first elected to the Statehouse in 2002 and retired as vice president for government and consumer affairs at Berkeley Electric Co-op two years later.

Umphlett made outdoors issues one of his primary interests in the House. He pushed legislation creating an alligator hunting season in South Carolina and backed a law that banned so-called "river shacks," floating cabins on the state's waterways with no toilets.

Umphlett was a Clemson University graduate and served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1964.

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