COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - South Carolina State Representative Ronald “Ronnie” Young died Sunday morning, according to social media and other media reports.
Rep. Young, who represented District 84, recently received the state’s highest honor, Order of the Palmetto. The full-time legislator was battling cancer and had been in hospice care, according to our sister station WRDW in Augusta.
He’d served in the SC House of Representatives since May 2017, according to his state legislature profile.
The South Carolina House GOP tweeted its condolences writing, “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we hear about Rep. Ronnie Young’s passing this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and colleagues.”
Governor Henry McMaster also issued his condolences in a tweet early Sunday afternoon, stating that flags across the state would be lowered to half-staff on May 24, the date of Young’s funeral.
“Aiken County has lost one of its most loyal and beloved public servants. Representative Ronnie Young’s mortal body could not keep pace with his indomitable spirit and tireless service. In his honor, Statehouse flags will be lowered half-staff on the day of his funeral,” the governor tweeted.
SC Republican Party Chairman Drew McKissick issued the following statement regarding the passing of Rep. Ronnie Young:
He was 71 years old.
Funeral services for Young will be held May 24 at Christian Heritage Church beginning at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Christian Heritage Church on May 23.