Former Congressman Butler Derrick died yesterday. The 77-year-old who represented this part of South Carolina for 20 years died at his Easley home about 3pm, following a 7-month battle with cancer, according to a report in GreenvilleOnline.com. After his decision not to seek reelection in 1994, Lindsey Graham won the seat in a general election battle with State Senator Jim Bryan of Laurens, and it’s been in Republican hands since then.
Current 3rd District Congressman Jeff Duncan said “I’m saddened to hear of the passing of Congressman Butler Derrick. Shortly after I was elected, Congressman Derrick was gracious enough to visit with me and share some of the insight he gained from over 45 years of public service. To this day, I still hear stories throughout the Third District about how Butler impacted someone’s life in a positive way. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”